NEWS FROM THE BOSTON PUBLIC
Public Library’s Civil War Commemoration Continues
Performer to bring history to life at Orient Heights Branch
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
re-enactors, musical performers, discussions of local regiments, and
lectures by nationally renowned experts on all aspects of the
A performance will take place at the Orient Heights
Library as part of this ongoing commemoration.
Performers and lecturers visiting neighborhood branches of the
Boston Public Library include:
Jan Turnquist performs as
Alcott at 6pm on Thursday, September 22, at the Orient Heights
Branch in East Boston.
Programs, events, and exhibitions at the Central Library in Copley
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
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 Practical & Fashionable
Dress of the Civil War Era on Thursday, October 20, at 6pm in Rabb
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
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 (pictured
About the BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
For more than 160 years, the Boston Public Library has pioneered
public library service in America. Established in 1848, the Boston
Public Library was the first publicly supported municipal library in
America, the first public library to lend books, the first to have a
branch library, and the first to have a children’s room. Today, the
Boston Public Library has twenty-seven neighborhood locations,
including the Central Library in Copley Square. Each year, the
Boston Public Library hosts nearly 12,000 programs, answers more
than one million reference questions, and serves millions of people.
All of its programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. At
the Boston Public Library, books are just the beginning.
August 15, 2011
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