It's called Cool History for a reason -- the temperature is cool inside the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus. As in any museum, many of the precious artifacts are fragile and need to be kept in a cool, humidity-controlled environment.
Thus, Cool History.
On top of the pleasant viewing temperature, the topics are pretty cool, too. Port Columbus conducts these special programs every June, July and August.
This month's program is called "Medical Mysteries" and is 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
It's the third year Port Columbus has conducted the "Medical Mysteries" program.
And every year, something new is added.
Ken Johnston, the executive director, said this year, John Wilkes Booth's (President Abraham Lincoln's assassin) autopsy is compared to the one done on Osama Bin Laden. Booth's "autopsy" can be seen at 3:30 p.m.
Johnston said if one thinks about it, the situations are similar.
Both Booth and Bin Laden were considered terrorists. Both autopsies were done on ships. Both autopsies had multiple witnesses. And both were "buried" at sea.
Johnston was quick to credit Jeff Seymour, the museum's archivist, who came up with the idea.
Patrick Rogers, who was a Port Columbus intern last summer, actually made the wooden bones that will be used in the "autopsy."
He carved them out of wood and then stained them to make them look like human bones.
At 1:30 p.m. a segment called "Their Many Kindnesses" which tells the stories of John T. Luck of the USS Ottawa, will be presented. Johnston will play Luck, who was at the assault of Fort Wagner by the African American 54th Massachusetts Regiment, made famous by the movie, "Glory." There are stories by two nurses played by actors (Anitra Thompson and Samantha Johnston), African American Susie King Taylor of Savannah and Lila Howard of Columbus.
Johnston thinks people learn history better by learning about the "people's personal history and their personal stories. Then they'll remember the dates."
"Modern Weapons, Outdated Treatments," starts at 2:30 p.m. This explores the hospital ships and medical care on ships. It also takes a look at medical care in general during the Civil War.