Here are a few of the highlights:
Brigadier General James Sidney Robinson
The pre-eminent local Civil War hero, General Robinson served in the 82nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was wounded at Gettysburg (like Captain Alfred E. Lee) and later was promoted to brigade command with the 20th Corps. Captain Lee served on his staff so naturally I was very interested in the museum's collection of General Robinson's items, which including his spyglasses, epaulets, and saddle.
Another very interesting fact is that Hardin County is the home of two Medal of Honor recipients, including the first soldier awarded the medal, Jacob Parrott of the 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Jacob Parrott served as part of Andrew's Raiders. The second individual to receive the medal was Delano Morey of the 82nd Ohio who was awarded the medal for bravery displayed at the Battle of McDowell on May 8, 1862.
Jacob Parrott: http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=1433
Delano Morey: http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=636
The museum has both medals (Parrott's original medal is at West Point) on display in the war room.
Another item that really intrigued me was this hair ring woven from the hair of 65 Civil War soldiers that passed through Kenton in the final year of the war. They have documentation on who these soldiers were, and I must admit that this is the first time I'd ever seen an article quite like this.