Boston Public Library's Civil War Commemoration Continues
Performers and speakers bring history to life throughout the fall
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August 15, 2011
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BOSTON — August 15, 2011 — The Boston Public Library continues its ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a range of programming that includes films, period reenactors, musical performers, discussions of local regiments, and lectures by nationally renowned experts on all aspects of the conflict.

Four simultaneous exhibitions have drawn crowds to the Central Library in Copley Square since May, telling the tales of the war through the Boston Public Library’s vast collection of maps, photographs, prints, manuscripts, and other materials. This fall, experts from around the country will travel to the Central Library in Copley Square to share their insights on the war. The commemoration also reaches out across the city to several Boston Public Library branches.

Performers and lecturers visiting neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library include:

  • Jan Turnquist performs as Louisa May Alcott at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 21, at the Adams Street Branch in Dorchester; at 6pm on Thursday, September 22, at the Orient Heights Branch in East Boston; and at 11am on Friday, September 23, at the South Boston Branch.
  • The 2nd South Carolina String Band performs period music on Saturday, October 8, at 10:30am at the Hyde Park Branch.
  • Barbara Menard Pugliese speaks on the P ractical & Fashionable Dress of the Civil War Era at 6pm on Thursday, October 27, at the Grove Hall Branch in Dorchester; at 2pm on Saturday, November 12, at the Honan-Allston Branch; and at 7pm on Thursday, November 17, at the Charlestown Branch.
  • Jeff Davis performs the Music of the Civil War at 6:30pm on Monday, October 3, at the Brighton Branch; at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 6, at the West End Branch; and at 6:30pm on Monday, November 14, at the East Boston Branch.
  • Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti performs as Harriet Tubman at 6:30pm on Monday, November 21, at the Codman Square Branch in Dorchester.

In addition, a Civil War exhibition at the Brighton Branch through December 31 features paintings, a commemoration of the war through U.S. stamps, replicas of Civil War era newspapers, and a selection of books about the great conflict.

Programs, events, and exhibitions at the Central Library in Copley Square include:

  • The BPL’s Civil War Film Series continues on Monday evenings at 6pm through September 26. September films include Ride with the Devil, Cold Mountain, and The Last Confederate.
  • The Local & Family History Lecture Series will focus on Massachusetts’ involvement in the conflict as a local historian will speak on local regiments each month, as follows: the 54th Massachusetts Infantry on Wednesday, September 14; the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia on Wednesday, October 12; the 9th Massachusetts Infantry on Wednesday, November 16; and the 20th Massachusetts Infantry on Wednesday, December 14. All talks are at 6pm. For more information visit the series’ web page.
  • Jeff Shaara, author of several works of fiction about the period as well as Civil War Battlefields, will kick off the Boston Public Library’s Lowell Lecture Series on Thursday, September 29. The series will continue with Gail Buckley on Tuesday, October 4; Tony Horwitz on Thursday, December 1; and Nell Irvin painter on Thursday, December 15. All of the Lowell Lectures will be held at 6pm in Rabb Lecture Hall. Video highlights of the lectures will be made available online. For the complete schedule visit www.bpl.org/lowell.
  • The 2nd South Carolina String Band performs period music on Saturday, October 8, at 2:30pm in Rabb Lecture Hall.
  • Barbara Menard Pugliese speaks on the P ractical & Fashionable Dress of the Civil War Era on Thursday, October 20, at 6pm in Rabb Lecture Hall.

Four exhibitions at the Central Library in Copley Square illuminate different aspects of the war:

  • Home Front: Boston and the Civil War focuses on ten notable local residents and highlights original manuscripts, prints, artifacts, and other material from the Boston Public Library's special collections. Open daily through December 31 in the Johnson Lobby.
  • Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War showcases 50 historic maps interwoven with 40 photographs, paintings, prints, diaries, political cartoons, music, and press of the period, all drawn from the Boston Public Library's special collections. Open daily through December 31 in the Changing Exhibits Room.
  • Winslow Homer's Illustrations brings to the public the library’s collection of prints by the renowned artist, primarily those created for illustrated weeklies between 1858 and 1873. This exhibition explores Homer’s portrayal of rural life in America, the brutality of the Civil War, the changing roles of women, and the favorite pastimes of the American people. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am-5pm; and Tuesday, Thursday: 9am -7pm; through September 30 in the Wiggin Gallery.
  • Photo by Brady draws from the Boston Public Library’s collection of about 375 Civil War photographs taken by Mathew Brady, his colleague Alexander Gardner, and others from the Brady studio. These are part of the 20th Massachusetts Regiment Collection. Open Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm; through September 30 in the Rare Books Lobby.

In addition, guided tours of the Torn in Two and Home Front exhibitions are offered twice weekly through October on Saturdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm. Visit the Library’s website for more information on tours.

The BPL’s dedicated web page, www.bpl.org/civilwar, offers details on the exhibitions, lectures, films, tours, and live performances as well as recommended books and movies for those wishing to explore the subject further. Visitors to www.bpl.org/civilwar can download a copy of the Boston Public Library’s Civil War brochure.

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BOSTON — August 15, 2011 — The Boston Public Library continues its ongoing commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with a range of programming that includes films, period reenactors, musical performers, discussions of local regiments, and lectures by nationally renowned experts on all aspects of the conflict.

Four simultaneous exhibitions have drawn crowds to the Central Library in Copley Square since May, telling the tales of the war through the Boston Public Library’s vast collection of maps, photographs, prints, manuscripts, and other materials. This fall, experts from around the country will travel to the Central Library in Copley Square to share their insights on the war. The commemoration also reaches out across the city to several Boston Public Library branches.

Performers and lecturers visiting neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library include:

  • Jan Turnquist performs as Louisa May Alcott at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 21, at the Adams Street Branch in Dorchester; at 6pm on Thursday, September 22, at the Orient Heights Branch in East Boston; and at 11am on Friday, September 23, at the South Boston Branch.
  • The 2nd South Carolina String Band performs period music on Saturday, October 8, at 10:30am at the Hyde Park Branch.
  • Barbara Menard Pugliese speaks on the P ractical & Fashionable Dress of the Civil War Era at 6pm on Thursday, October 27, at the Grove Hall Branch in Dorchester; at 2pm on Saturday, November 12, at the Honan-Allston Branch; and at 7pm on Thursday, November 17, at the Charlestown Branch.
  • Jeff Davis performs the Music of the Civil War at 6:30pm on Monday, October 3, at the Brighton Branch; at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 6, at the West End Branch; and at 6:30pm on Monday, November 14, at the East Boston Branch.
  • Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti performs as Harriet Tubman at 6:30pm on Monday, November 21, at the Codman Square Branch in Dorchester.

In addition, a Civil War exhibition at the Brighton Branch through December 31 features paintings, a commemoration of the war through U.S. stamps, replicas of Civil War era newspapers, and a selection of books about the great conflict.

Programs, events, and exhibitions at the Central Library in Copley Square include:

  • The BPL’s Civil War Film Series continues on Monday evenings at 6pm through September 26. September films include Ride with the Devil, Cold Mountain, and The Last Confederate.
  • The Local & Family History Lecture Series will focus on Massachusetts’ involvement in the conflict as a local historian will speak on local regiments each month, as follows: the 54th Massachusetts Infantry on Wednesday, September 14; the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia on Wednesday, October 12; the 9th Massachusetts Infantry on Wednesday, November 16; and the 20th Massachusetts Infantry on Wednesday, December 14. All talks are at 6pm. For more information visit the series’ web page.
  • Jeff Shaara, author of several works of fiction about the period as well as Civil War Battlefields, will kick off the Boston Public Library’s Lowell Lecture Series on Thursday, September 29. The series will continue with Gail Buckley on Tuesday, October 4; Tony Horwitz on Thursday, December 1; and Nell Irvin painter on Thursday, December 15. All of the Lowell Lectures will be held at 6pm in Rabb Lecture Hall. Video highlights of the lectures will be made available online. For the complete schedule visit www.bpl.org/lowell.
  • The 2nd South Carolina String Band performs period music on Saturday, October 8, at 2:30pm in Rabb Lecture Hall.
  • Barbara Menard Pugliese speaks on the P ractical & Fashionable Dress of the Civil War Era on Thursday, October 20, at 6pm in Rabb Lecture Hall.

Four exhibitions at the Central Library in Copley Square illuminate different aspects of the war:

  • Home Front: Boston and the Civil War focuses on ten notable local residents and highlights original manuscripts, prints, artifacts, and other material from the Boston Public Library's special collections. Open daily through December 31 in the Johnson Lobby.
  • Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War showcases 50 historic maps interwoven with 40 photographs, paintings, prints, diaries, political cartoons, music, and press of the period, all drawn from the Boston Public Library's special collections. Open daily through December 31 in the Changing Exhibits Room.
  • Winslow Homer's Illustrations brings to the public the library’s collection of prints by the renowned artist, primarily those created for illustrated weeklies between 1858 and 1873. This exhibition explores Homer’s portrayal of rural life in America, the brutality of the Civil War, the changing roles of women, and the favorite pastimes of the American people. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am-5pm; and Tuesday, Thursday: 9am -7pm; through September 30 in the Wiggin Gallery.
  • Photo by Brady draws from the Boston Public Library’s collection of about 375 Civil War photographs taken by Mathew Brady, his colleague Alexander Gardner, and others from the Brady studio. These are part of the 20th Massachusetts Regiment Collection. Open Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm; through September 30 in the Rare Books Lobby.

In addition, guided tours of the Torn in Two and Home Front exhibitions are offered twice weekly through October on Saturdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 6 pm. Visit the Library’s website for more information on tours.

The BPL’s dedicated web page, www.bpl.org/civilwar, offers details on the exhibitions, lectures, films, tours, and live performances as well as recommended books and movies for those wishing to explore the subject further. Visitors to www.bpl.org/civilwar can download a copy of the Boston Public Library’s Civil War brochure.

 

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