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Calendar of Lincoln Events at NCC and Elsewhere

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August 2012

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October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

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Ongoing Exhibitions

 

 

  

August 2012

Civil War BBQ and Encampment

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 11:30 am - 3 pm

Norwalk Historical Society

Come and talk with the Civil War re-enactors from Company A of the 11th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry about life as a soldier, with displays of Civil War food items, weapons, tents, equipment, and demonstrations.  Visit the “Norwalk and the Civil War” exhibit inside the Town House museum.  Some of the area’s favorite restaurants will be cooking up their best Civil War BBQ.  Net proceeds to help restore “Chester,” the Riverside Cemetery Civil War Soldier monument.

www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org

  

  

  

September 2012

Civil War Encampment

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pinkney Park, Rowayton Historical Society

Soldiers from the 20th Connecticut and other Connecticut regiments will set up a Union camp in the park on the banks of the Five Mile River.  There will be activities for children and adults as well as food and music, and Civil War author Blaikie Hines will give a talk on “the life of a Union soldier.”  Children can sign up to be a “soldier for a day” and will receive a Union kepi and “musket”, practice drills, and enjoy a soldier’s meal.  To register and/or for more information, please contact the Rowayton Historical Society at info@rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org.

www.rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org

 

  

A Day in the Life of a Connecticut Soldier

Saturday, September 15, 2012, 3:00 pm

Pinkney Park, Rowayton Historical Society

A talk by Blaikie Hines, author of Civil War Volunteer Sons of Connecticut, at Rowayton Historical Society’s Civil War encampment.  Part of Rowayton Historical Society’s Civil War Lecture Series.

www.rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org

 

  

The Maryland Campaign and Battle of Antietam

Thursday, September 27, 2012, 7:00 pm

New Canaan Library

“The truth is, when bullets are whacking against tree trunks and solid shot are cracking skulls like eggshells, the consuming passion in the breast of the average man is to get out of the way…”  Private David L. Thompson, of Company G, 9th New York Volunteers, distressingly captures the sense of what was to become the bloodiest one-day battle in our military history:  the Battle of Antietam.  The total dead at the close of the Civil War is estimated at 625,000.  Antietam accounted for some 26,000 dead or 4% of that total, a twelve-hour toll not matched even in modern times.  This lecture will present material (complemented by extensive PowerPoint slides) on the battle which took place in Sharpsburg, Maryland on September 17, 1862.  Of this battle, James M. McPherson, noted scholar of the Civil War, said, “No other campaign and battle had such momentous, multiple consequences as Antietam….Contemporaries recognized Antietam as the preeminent turning point of the war.”  Special attention will be paid to Connecticut units involved.

 

Richard L. Judd is President Emeritus of Central Connecticut State University and served as a U.S. National Park Service Ranger at the Antietam National Battlefield Site.  Dr. Judd continues to study this battle and is a member of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Committee.

www.newcanaanlibrary.org

 

 

  

October 2012

Ninth Annual History Symposium:  The Emancipation Proclamation

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pepsico Theater, Norwalk Community College

A discussion of philosophical, economic, and constitutional issues raised by the Emancipation Proclamation.  Includes a preview of the exhibition Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War.

www.ncc.commnet.edu

 

  

Connecticut’s Bohemian Brigade:  Journalists and Artists of the Civil War

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:00 pm

New Canaan Library

The “War of the Rebellion” was the first war to be extensively reported in the newspapers by civilian journalists and artists who followed the armies into battlefield areas.  The typical American newspaper in the early years of the nineteenth century was a journal of opinion and a cheerleader for politicians.  It was not much of a news-paper.

 

In the years before the Civil War, however, men like James Gordon Bennett, founder of the New York Herald; Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune, and Charles Anderson Dana, managing editor of the Tribune, revolutionized the industry.  They and many others like them hired scores of reporters and artists to follow the armies and report, as accurately as possible, the events as they saw them. The “Bohemian Brigade” was made up of an informal cadre of civilian journalists and artists working for the major newspapers or as stringers or free-lance reporters.  They chose the name “Bohemians,” which they defined loosely as “Free-thinkers and free lovers, who lived by their art, spent liberally, and considered the world their own.”  The “Bohemian Brigade” often flocked together—reporters still do it today—for companionship and comfort and to exchange information.  They also figured that it was a good way to keep an eye on the competition.

 

Several members of the “Bohemian Brigade” were Connecticut men who worked for the New York newspapers.  This program will highlight their exploits and those of many other journalists and artists.

 

Robert Berthelson has had a lifelong interest in American history and nostalgia.  He has produced over 50 illustrated lectures, including several historical documentaries on Connecticut history, the American Revolution, the Civil War, postcard collecting, early photography, and stamp collecting.  Bob has presented these lectures to over 2,000 audiences including retirement communities, senior centers, schools, health care facilities, historical societies, libraries, camera clubs, and social groups.

www.newcanaanlibrary.org

 

  

Lincoln In His Own Words

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 2:00 pm

Ferguson Library (Stamford)

Actor Larry Schneider will read from several speeches and letters penned by Abraham Lincoln.  Mr. Schneider’s selections will include the Cooper Union Address that brought Lincoln into the national spotlight, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and the Bixby letter written to a widowed mother of five boys believed to have died in the Civil War.

www.fergusonlibrary.org

 

  

Preventing American Democracy’s Suicide:

Abraham Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and Saving the Nation

Saturday, October 27, 2012, 4:00 pm

Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue

A talk by Steve Berizzi, history professor at Norwalk Community College.  Part of Rowayton Historical Society’s Civil War Lecture Series.

www.rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org

 

 

  

November 2012

Songs of the American Civil War

Sunday, November 4, 2012, 4:00 pm

Coles Auditorium at Greenwich Library

The Battle Cry of Freedom, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Dixie, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Goober Peas…these songs from the Civil War era are truly a part of the American musical lexicon.  During an afternoon of song and readings, musicians Stefanie Kies and Nick Carter will be joined by a complement of local musicians on authentic period instruments—drums, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, bugle, and guitar—to explore the lyrical history of the Civil War.  The program will frame each year of the War Between the States within a particular context:  bravado and marching songs, camp songs, songs about home, and songs of victory and defeat.  The program, which is a collaboration between Norwalk Community College, Greenwich Historical Society, and Greenwich Library, was conceived and spearheaded by Stefanie Kies in collaboration with Nick Carter and Tim Schantz and is designed to appeal to all ages.

www.greenwichlibrary.org

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Lincoln Exhibition Opening Celebration

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pepsico Theater, Norwalk Community College

10:00 am, Keynote Address by Michael Burlingame (University of Illinois, Springfield), author of Abraham Lincoln:  A Life.

1:00 pm, Academic Panel Discussion by Michael Burlingame, James F. Simon (New York University School of Law), and Manisha Sinha (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), moderated by J. Ronald Spencer (Trinity College).

www.ncc.commnet.edu

 

  

Connecticut in the American Civil War:  Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:30 pm

Norwalk Public Library

The Norwalk Public Library System, in partnership with Norwalk Community College’s regional series of events and exhibitions focusing on Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War, will host Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Central Connecticut State University Professor of History and co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission.  Dr. Warshauer, a Staples High School (Westport) graduate and Norwalk Community College 1985-1986 attendee, will discuss his book Connecticut in the American Civil War:  Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival (Middletown, CT:  Wesleyan University Press, 2011), selected for the One Book One Region reading program to commemorate the regional series.  Copies of the book will be available on October 8, 2012 at both the South Norwalk Branch Library, 10 Washington Street, and the Main Library, One Belden Avenue, where the event will be held.

 

This event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the auditorium on the top level of the library.   To register or for more information, please call 203-899-2780, extension 15109.

www.norwalklib.org

 

  

Connecticut in the American Civil War:  Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 10:00 am

East Campus Forum

One Book One Region talk by author Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.

www.ncc.commnet.edu

 

  

Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, and the Transformation of the Civil War:

A Lifetime Learners Institute Lunch and Learn

Friday, November 9, 2012, 12:00 pm

Pepsico Theater, East Campus, Norwalk Community College

The Civil War, which began as a constitutional conflict, ended as a crusade to abolish the institution of slavery.  This talk explores the role of a transformation in President Abraham Lincoln’s thinking, and how this shift reflected the mood of the entire country.  The changed attitude, in turn, led to a fundamental change in the meaning of the Civil War, as well as in the power of the president to lead the country in times of crisis.  After the talk a tour of Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War will be available in the NCC library.  This special session of Lunch and Learn is open to the public.

 

David Koch is an Associate Professor of History at Housatonic Community College whose specialty areas are the Civil War and Native American history.  He has worked for national historical and natural sites, promoting the nation’s physical and historical heritage, and has lectured for organizations across the country and in Europe on such topics as Civil War battles, politics in the Civil War, medicine in the Civil War, Lincoln’s life and political activities, and the American experience of slavery.

www.lifetimelearners.org

 

  

Conspirator

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2:00 pm

Ferguson Library (Stamford)

This film tells the story of Mary Surratt, the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln, and the first woman put to death by the U.S. government.  2010.  Directed by Robert Redford.  123 minutes.

www.fergusonlibrary.org

 

  

Norwalk & Lincoln:  Some Interesting Connections

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 2:00 pm

Norwalk Historical Society

Lecturers Madeleine and Ed Eckert will recount some colorful anecdotes related to the city of Norwalk and Lincoln—some humorous, and other notorious!  Light refreshments.  Cost $5.

www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org

 

  

The 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment During the Civil War

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 7:00 pm

Darien Library

Join Corporal J.W. Hull, Jr. for an evening of Civil War history.  He will present in full historical uniform including forage cap, brogans, full knapsack and musket.  A historical re-enactor for over 14 years, Corporal Hull will cover the history of the 27th Regiment, the equipment and rations used during this time, and what daily life was like during combat and non-combat during the Civil War.

www.darienlibrary.org

 

  

Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00 pm

New Canaan Library

This talk by Richard A. Gerber explores Lincoln as a politician; Lincoln’s relationship with the Constitution; and the meaning of emancipation.

 

Dr. Gerber received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1967.  His primary teaching experience is in constitutional and legal history of the U.S. and Britain.  He taught American history at Lehman College of City University of New York from 1967 to 1985, the last seven years as Chair of the History Department.  After a stint as academic dean and then academic vice president he returned to the classroom at Southern Connecticut State University in 1992.  He spent seven additional years as Southern’s Coordinator of Academic Planning and Evaluation.

 

Dr. Gerber has won awards for scholarship from the Organization of American Historians and from the New Jersey School Boards Association.  He has also received honors for excellence in teaching from Lehman College.  He has written numerous scholarly works on the Liberal Republicans of 1872, on aspects of the 13th and 14th Amendments, and on the methodologies of teaching history.  His interpretive study of the Constitution, The System:  The American Constitution in Historical Perspective, is a standard reference.  He is currently at work on a history of the Civil Rights Act of 1875.  Dr. Gerber resides in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

www.newcanaanlibrary.org

 

  

Lincoln Storytime and Craft

Thursday, November 28, 2012, 4:15 pm

Darien Library

A storytime in honor of the 16th president!  Inspired by the picture books What Lincoln Said, by Sarah L. Thomson, and Our Abe Lincoln, adapted by Jim Aylesworth, young readers will learn about the president’s early life and achievements.  Craft projects may include a presidential mask and log-building activity.  Ages 5-8.

www.darienlibrary.org

 

 

  

December 2012

The Life and Times of William Webb:

An African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1:00 pm

Norwalk Public Library

The Norwalk Public Library System, in partnership with Norwalk Community College’s regional series of events and exhibitions focusing on Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War, will present Kevin Johnson as William Webb, an African-American Civil War soldier from Connecticut, at the Norwalk Public Library, One Belden Avenue.  Private Webb was an actual soldier, a native of Hartford.  He was recruited in 1863 and served in the 29th (Colored) Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, in several battles in Virginia.  Johnson’s presentation of Webb is told from an emotional and exciting first- person perspective that vividly illustrates the struggle of the African-Americans in the Colored Infantry during the Civil War.  Johnson, an employee of the Connecticut State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit, tells of Webb’s early life in Hartford, his recruitment and training, and the traumatic final battles of the Civil War.  The presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History in Hartford.  A question and answer session will take place after the performance.

 

This event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the auditorium on the top level of the library.   To register or for more information, please call 203-899-2780, extension 15109.

www.norwalklib.org

 

  

Tween Book Group for Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:00 pm

Darien Library

This book discussion will look at the events leading up to and following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, as covered in the book Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  Adapted from the adult book, Manhunt, author James L. Swanson takes kids on a fast-paced, nail-biting ride to catch the infamous John Wilkes Booth.  Looking at archival photos and other primary sources, participants will get a glimpse into a shocking and mournful time in our nation’s history.  Ages 9-12.

www.darienlibrary.org

 

  

A Day in the Life of a Connecticut Civil War Soldier:

The 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry

Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

Norwalk Public Library

Civil War re-enactor Julius (Jay) W. Hull Jr. will represent the 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, demonstrating the daily routine, clothing, equipment, and weapons of soldiers in the nation’s biggest single crisis, at the Norwalk Public Library, One Belden Avenue.  This program is presented in partnership with Norwalk Community College’s regional series of events and exhibitions focusing on Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War.  The 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry was a Connecticut Civil War unit drawn from the New Haven area.  Mr. Hull, a retired sergeant from the Fairfield Police Department, has been reenacting the Civil War for the past 18 years.  He will be in full corporal’s uniform, from forage cap to brogans.  A question and answer session will take place after the demonstration.

 

This event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the auditorium on the top level of the library.   To register or for more information, please call 203-899-2780, extension 15109.

www.norwalklib.org

 

 

  

January 2013

The Roads to Manassas in Art

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 7:00 pm

Wilton Historical Society

Brian Kammerer will offer a unique perspective and visual interpretation of the “Roads to Manassas.”  Kammerer’s paintings include incredibly intricate and detailed images of the early preparations, camps, and troop movements leading to this first great battle of the Civil War.  Utilizing a ¾ overhead view, Kammerer provides a colorful and informative journey, beginning with the firing on Fort Sumter.  The citizens of both North and South are followed as they rally to their colors. A PowerPoint presentation of 150 images will illustrate the talk.

 

The Civil War questioned the issue of states’ rights, but it also addressed that of slavery and the role of African-Americans in our evolving culture.  Throughout his paintings, Mr. Kammerer shows the daily labor of all people—free or slave.  On this holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are reminded not only of the issues that caused the Civil War, but also the civil rights for which it was eventually fought.

 

Brian Kammerer is a well-regarded professional artist whose projects involve both commercial commissions and historical themes.  He is a longtime member of the Civil War Roundtable of Fairfield County.  He graduated from Denison University with a BA in History and Film and a minor in Art.  Among his credits is the film The Other Great Locomotive Chase, which he wrote, produced, and directed.  This project won outstanding set design and production in the 2005 Dixie Film Fest in Atlanta, Georgia, and is sold in a number of National Park Service visitor centers, Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, Virginia, and other Civil War venues.  He was chosen as Artist in Residence at the recent 150th Historical Manassas celebration.  He lives and works in Rowayton, Connecticut.

 

Come hear the story of the early days of the Civil War told through the art of Brian Kammerer!

www.wiltonhistorical.org

 

  

Civil War Book Club for Children:  Civil War on Sunday

Monday, January 28, 2013, 4:00 pm*

Norwalk Public Library, South Norwalk Branch

The Norwalk Public Library System, in partnership with Norwalk Community College’s regional series of events and exhibitions focusing on Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War, will host two book discussions for children at its Stew Leonard III Children’s Library of the South Norwalk Branch Library, 10 Washington Street.  The first book discussion will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Monday, January 28, 2013, and will feature Civil War on Sunday from the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne.  Newcomers are invited to be a part of this session.  Both book discussions will introduce children to the life and times of the Civil War and may involve dressing up for the time period and acting.  Books should be read prior to attending both sessions, which will include crafts, activities based on the characters’ lives, and some read-aloud.

 

The events will be held in the Friends of the Norwalk Public Library Community Room on the top level of the South Norwalk Branch Library.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call 203-899-2790, extension 3.

 

*Date of event has changed since the brochure was printed.

www.norwalklib.org

 

 

 

February 2013

Civil War Book Club for Children:  “American Girl” Addy Series

Monday, February 25, 2013, 4:00 pm*

Norwalk Public Library, South Norwalk Branch

The Norwalk Public Library System, in partnership with Norwalk Community College’s regional series of events and exhibitions focusing on Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War, will host two book discussions for children at its Stew Leonard III Children’s Library of the South Norwalk Branch Library, 10 Washington Street.  The second book discussion will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm on Monday, February 25, 2013, and will feature the Addy books from the “American Girl” series.  Newcomers are invited to be a part of this session.  Both book discussions will introduce children to the life and times of the Civil War and may involve dressing up for the time period and acting.  Books should be read prior to attending both sessions, which will include crafts, activities based on the characters’ lives, and some read-aloud.

 

The events will be held in the Friends of the Norwalk Public Library Community Room on the top level of the South Norwalk Branch Library.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register, please call 203-899-2790, extension 3.

 

*Date of event has changed since the brochure was printed.

www.norwalklib.org

 

 

  

Ongoing Exhibitions

Close to Home:  Rowayton and the Civil War

February – October 2012

Exhibition at Rowayton Historical Society

A commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, highlighting Rowayton and Norwalk’s participation in the war and its aftermath, including an exhibition, a Civil War lecture series, a memorial service and cemetery tour in Union Cemetery, and a Union encampment in Pinkney Park in September.  Come learn the fascinating stories about the more than 60 soldiers with connections to Rowayton while honoring the men and women who served their country during one of the most traumatic events in our nation’s history.

www.rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org

 

  

Stories Shaping Culture:  Artifacts of Nineteenth-Century Lives Yellow=Hyperlink

September – December 2012

Everett I.L. Baker Library, Norwalk Community College

An exhibition of artifacts from the Antoinette Duval Fromson Collection, documenting 19th century African-American life.

www.ncc.commnet.edu

 

  

Promise of Freedom:  The Emancipation Proclamation

An Exhibition Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

September 24, 2012 – February 24, 2013

Fairfield Museum and History Center

The Fairfield Museum presents an exhibition and series of public and school programs commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Promise of Freedom explores the essential issues and rights of freedom, equality, and citizenship and their meaning during the Civil War and today, and will feature an original Lincoln-signed copy of the proclamation along with other rare documents, prints, and artifacts from this pivotal period in American history.

www.fairfieldhistory.org

 

  

Lincoln:  The Constitution and the Civil War

November 2 – December 12, 2012

Everett I.L. Baker Library, Norwalk Community College

A national traveling exhibition about Lincoln’s struggle to resolve the constitutional questions dividing Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history.

www.ncc.commnet.edu