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Explore Lincoln in Fall 2012

Community Events at Norwalk Public Library

 

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 6:30 pm

WarshaerThe 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.

 

 

The Life and Times of William Webb:

An African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 1pm

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.

 

 

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

The 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry

Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:00 pm

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.

 

 

Civil War Book Club for Children:  Civil War on Sunday

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

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.

 

 

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

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

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.

 

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