The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail's exhibit, Region United, Nation Divided: Following Lincoln, will open at the Indiana Welcome Center on Monday, Feb. 24, and run through Wednesday, April 30. The exhibit will showcase the region's answer to Abraham Lincoln's call to action during the Civil War.

The exhibit features hundreds of photographs, artifacts and reproductions of Northwest Indiana regiment battle flags. Additionally, there will be a reproduction of Lincoln's funeral train and map as well as the Indiana Historical Society's traveling exhibit, The Faces of Lincoln.

The Indiana Welcome Center will host an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. During the reception, Mitch Markovitz will be unveiling a new South Shore Line poster depicting the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail. Guests can also enjoy light refreshments while viewing the exhibit.

The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments, architectural icons and sites with Civil War ties that are related to the brave men and women from the region who sacrificed during the most pivotal period in our nation's history. The trail serves as a guide for visitors who wish to pay their respects to the veterans and learn the stories of their humanity and sacrifice during and after the war.

The Indiana Welcome Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323. For more information on the exhibit or the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail, visit