COLUMBIA -- The Confederate Relic Room is best known for its Civil War artifacts, but World War I is proving to be a formidable draw at Columbia's oldest museum.
And a new 3-D video presentation that opens Friday will augment the popular, ongoing exhibit "Forgotten Stories: SC Fights the Great War."
The video presentation "World War I in 3-D" shows images from the war gleaned from the museum's collection of nearly 5,000 stereographic cards.
The cards, some of which stretch back a century and a half to the Civil War, were donated to the museum in 2007 by Joseph Matheson of Camden.
"We thought this would be a great addition, because 3D is so popular now," said the museum's Jai Cassidy-Shaiman. "And it would be a great way to get some of this collection out to the public."
The 20-minute continuous loop of 80 images chronicles World War I from 1914 to 1919.
Images of soldiers, refugees, shattered cities and desolate landscapes jump off the screen courtesy of vintage photography, modern videography and cardboard 3-D glasses.
The Relic Room staff plans to do a 3-D show for the Civil War's Sesquicentennial in 2011, and perhaps for the Spanish American War after that, Cassidy-Shaiman said.