Marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the North Spokane County Library is presenting a long series of free programs pertaining to this topic. Mark your calendars so as not to miss the remaining programs (the first 3 will be given by Dr. David Conlin, Associate Professor of History, EWU):
Wednesday, Dec 7th, 7:00...... "The Secession Crisis." Why did Abraham Lincoln's victory in the presidential election of 1860 cause the seven Southern states to secede??
Sunday, January 15th, 2:00 ..... "Strategy & Politics in the Civil War." Dr. Conlon will show how politics on the local, national and international levels influenced strategy for both sides during the Civil War.
Saturday, March 10th, 2:00 ..... "Slavery in the Civil War: From Contrabands to the 13th Amendment." How slaves and the institution of slavery played important roles in the politics of the Civil War.
Wednesday, May 16th, 7:00 ..... "The Unending Civil War." How Americans in the North and the South have been fighting over the Civil War to this day.
Then there will be family events:
Saturday, November 12th, 2:00............ "The Civil War Reenactment Group Presentation." Members of the local Civil War Reenactment Group will come with their gear and their stories.
Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30 ..... "Civil War Genealogy." Our own Miriam Robbins (a direct descendant of 8 veterans!!) will demonstrate how to find and use a variety of primary documents and online resources to research the lives of your Union and Confederate forebears.
Saturday, April 21, 2:00 ..... "Angus Scott Pipe Band's Kenyon Fields: Civil War Music." In historic military costume, Kenyon will play Civil War drum and fife music and provide readings from the Civil War.
Now I don't know about you, but these programs sound fabulous to me! And I will be marking my calendar and planning to attend!