CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT AT THE CURTISS MUSEUM OPENS MARCH 6 New York State and the U. S. Navy 1861-1865Hammondsport, NY – The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum will be featuring a spring and summer long exhibition of Civil War Naval artifacts, including firearms, personal equipment and uniforms, along with telling the story of New York State’s part in the creation of the U.S.Navy. The exhibit will run from March 6 through September 7, 2015.During the five years of the Civil War, the United States Navy grew from a fledgling organization into one of the most advanced navies in the world. New York State played a major role in the creation of that powerful fleet.Admission to the exhibit includes access to the entire museum, including antique and reproduction airplanes, boats, motorcycles, automobiles and local history exhibits.Glenn Curtiss was among the earliest American motorcycle manufacturers. He went into production in 1902, a year earlier than Harley-Davidson. He held numerous motorcycle speed records in the years prior to 1910 and the World Record he established in 1907 stood until 1930. He built a successful motorcycle manufacturing business and sold bikes nationwide until he decided in 1912 to manufacture aircraft full time. Curtiss is best known for his pioneering work in aviation which began in Hammondsport in 1908.The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, which is located in the scenic Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is home to a priceless collection relating to early aviation, bicycle and motorcycle transportation and local history. The Museum also celebrates the life and accomplishments of Glenn Curtiss, who is remembered as the father of naval aviation and the founder of the American aircraft industry. For more information, visit the museum website at www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org or call 607-569-2160.