Monday, November 14, 2011

Did you know: Spokane County Library Offers Civil War Information?

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!

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