A Day in the Life of Mercy Street's Set Decorator

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Mercy Street's Set Decorator Marthe Pineau is the tireless force behind so many of the details that transport the viewer back to the 1860s. In this post, she shares her love of period pieces and her Season 2 field notes.

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A Day in the Life of a Stills Photographer

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In this blog post, Mercy Street's Unit Stills Photographer Erik Heinila shares the unique challenges and perks of shooting Season 2.

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Prepping for Season 2: A Production Designer's Notes From the Field

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Imagine working on a job day and night for months and hoping no one even notices that you did a single thing. Welcome to the world of Mercy Street Production Designer Stephen Marsh. In this post, he gives us a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work it takes to prep Season 2's new sets, locations and more.

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Season 2's Last Day of Filming

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On the last day of filming Season 2, Chad Darnell, Mercy Street's Extras Casting Director, reflects on the cast and crew's work and life filming the series in Richmond, Virginia.

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Visit Alexandria Sweepstakes Winner's Set Visit Story

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Donna Wilson, of San Dimas, California, won Visit Alexandria's Mercy Street set visit and guided tour sweepstakes. Check out what Donna had to say!

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of Season 2

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We continue Mercy Street Revealed's blog posts with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Season 2. Clarence Chamberlain and Ashlee Smith, PBS staff members, won a prize to visit the set. In this post, Clarence and Ashlee share their experiences. Get an inside look at Season 2!

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Mercy Street's Doctor School: Getting it Right

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The Mercy Street Revealed blog is back with a behind-the-scenes look at Season 2's Doctor School, led by Medical Technical Advisor Dr. Anthony Tizzano. Learn about his experiences teaching the cast and crew all about 1860s medicine.

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A House Divided

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For the last Season 1 blog post, Audrey P. Davis, Director of the Alexandria Black History Museum, discusses the importance of family and its impact on the contraband community.

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Sore Attachments

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., examines the psychological impacts of the war on nurses, as seen with Nurse Mary in the Mercy Street Season Finale.

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Women’s Work and Sex Work in Nineteenth-Century America

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In this blog post, Anya Jabour, Ph.D., examines how the vast majority of self-supporting women continued to eke out an existence in the Civil War era.

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Chloroform and the American Civil War: The Art of Practice and the Science of Medicine

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In this blog post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., chronicles the introduction of general inhalation anesthesia and how it transformed medical and surgical practice in the mid-19th century.

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“The Diabolical Plot”— Ripped from the Headlines!

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In this guest blog post, Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger shares with readers two real stories that served as the inspiration for the events in the Mercy Street Season Finale.

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Samuel Diggs and Vigilante “Justice”

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In this guest blog post Co-Creator and Executive Producer Lisa Q. Wolfinger illustrates her team's writing process behind the Samuel Diggs' story arc in Episode 5.

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Death, Bodies and the American Civil War

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In this blog post, Shauna Devine, Ph.D., details Americans' changing conceptions of death due to the enormous number of Civil War casualties.

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Mourning in the Civil War Era

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In this blog post, Anya Jabour, Ph.D., reveals how most Americans in the Civil War era struggled to maintain familiar mourning rituals in death’s aftermath.

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