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Wilmette Public Library awarded grant from ALA and NEH to host Civil War reading and discussion series

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The Wilmette Public Library received a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to host “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a five-part reading and discussion series. The library is one of 65 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series which will encourage participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation. Local support for the series is provided by the Wilmette Historical Museum and the series will be moderated by Civil War scholar and Wilmette resident Mary Abroe, PhD., Adjunct Professor at the College of Lake County.
The series begins Wednesday November 9 at 7 pm with a discussion of March by Geraldine Brooks. The discussions will continue from December through March, 2012. Join us as we unravel the enigma that is the American Civil War.
Two events in October and November will help to set the stage and the mood for the series. On Sunday, October 16 at 2 pm, Rob Girardi will present “What I Saw at Shiloh”, a first person account of the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh as viewed by an Illinois soldier, based on primary source material. On Wednesday, November 16 at 7 pm, Theodore J. Karamanski, Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at Loyola University Chicago, will present Chicago’s Civil War: History, Memory, and Landscape. Watch for additional programming throughout the year.
A list of the readings, schedule, associated programming, and Civil War resources can be found on the Library’s website www.wilmettelibrary.info/civilwar. Look for copies of March at the Library’s New Arrivals desk, where you can register for the series. Call 847 256-6930 or e-mail nwag@wilmettelibrary.info to register.

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