Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Library announces a 5-part reading and discussion series called Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War, starting at 6:00 pm on September 9 at NHC Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road. Dr. Chris Fonvielle, UNCW professor and Civil War Historian, will speak briefly and lead the discussion on the readings participants will read before each session.

These programs are scheduled in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by the Friends of NHC Library.

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

Dr. Chris Fonvielle

“Preserving local history and making it accessible to people today is an important role for a public library,” comments Local History Librarian Jennifer Daugherty. “Dr. Fonvielle is the leading expert on the Civil War in the lower Cape Fear area, and the chance to hear him speak on the broader war is a great learning opportunity for history buffs in the community.”

Participation in Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War is free and open to the public. Books for the programs are provided by the North Carolina Center for the Book and can be borrowed at the Circulation Desk at the Main Library or the Northeast Library.

The schedule is as follows:


 

 

Date: 9/09
Topic: Imagining War
Please read before the discussion:
March by Geraldine Brooks; America’s War: Talking about the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology edited by Edward Ayers, part I

Date: 9/23
Topic: Choosing Sides
Please read before the discussion: 
America’s War part II

Date: 10/07
Topic: Making Sense of Shiloh
Please read before the discussion:
America’s War part III

Date: 10/21
Topic: The Shape of War
Please read before the discussion:
Crossroads of Freedom by James McPherson; America’s War part IV

Date: 11/04
Topic: War and Freedom
Please read before the discussion:
America’s War part V

For more information about these programs, or about local history and genealogy collections and research at NHC Library, please call Local History Librarian Jennifer Daugherty at 910-798-6305 or email jdaugherty@nhcgov.com.

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Release Contact:

Jennifer Daugherty
Local History Librarian
910-798-6305