CIVIL WAR 150 Exhibit!

Twin Falls Public Library is pleased to be hosting a special national exhibit, Civil War 150, examining the events of the Civil War as seen through the eyes of individuals. Utilizing letters, personal accounts and images drawn from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, visitors will come to understand how people dealt with the end of slavery, the human toll of a civil war, and the nature of democracy and citizenship. The exhibit runs:

MARCH 26 –  APRIL 13

 Additionally, the Library is offering programs to highlight both the Civil War and its connection to the Idaho Territorial Sesquicentennial. (All Library programs are free and open to the public.)

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 PROGRAMS:

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 at 7:00 PM –  “Encountering the Civil War Today” with author and Civil War re-enactor, Sherri George

 Though the Civil War was fought 150 years ago, we encounter its legacy daily. Author and Civil War re-enactor Sherri George will demonstrate the war’s influence on life in the 21st century, from food to clothing to money. She’ll also display the uniforms, accoutrements, and weapons of the Civil War soldier and talk about the soldiers’ daily lives, including those in Idaho Territory in the 1860s.

 Sherri George has been a Civil War re-enactor since the 1990s, and has been a member of the Idaho Civil War Volunteers, the Washington Civil War Association, the Utah Civil War Association, and the Society of Civil War Surgeons. Her writing has been published in Idaho Magazine, the anthology “Hauntings from the Snake River Plain”, and various special interest magazines and newsletters. She is currently editing her Civil War novel for publication.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2 at 7:00 PM – “The Way We Worked in Idaho” with regional musical historian, P. Gary Eller

Gary Eller will demonstrate historically-based Idaho songs and discuss their historical underpinnings. Through these songs, he will share anecdotes about interesting Idaho individuals, places and events. Eller also will discuss the techniques used to collect, preserve and interpret songs based on Idaho’s heritage. The songs range from somber event ballads to hilarious parodies based on local life at the time the songs were written.

Gary Eller has played American roots music since he grew up in rural West Virginia. Following a thirty year career as a nuclear scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, he retired to Nampa and immediately became deeply involved in Idaho history and music. With funding from the Idaho Humanities Council in 2007 and 2008, he compiled almost 200 historically rooted songs of our region and performs them at many events throughout Idaho. Eller works closely with regional museums and universities to collect, archive, and bring to life through performance and interpretation the wonderful windows into Idaho’s heritage that these songs provide.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 at 7:00 PM – “Lincoln and Idaho” with former Idaho Attorney General and Lincoln scholar, David Leroy

David Leroy will be here to explore the unique relationship between the sixteenth President and Idaho Territory, which he created in 1863, appointed friends to govern, mentioned in two State of the Union speeches, and even considered on the afternoon he was assassinated. Mr. Leroy defends the claim that more than Kentucky, Indiana, or Illinois, Idaho is the state most related to Lincoln!

David Leroy is chairman of the Idaho Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and Chairman of the Governor’s Council of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. A former prosecutor, Attorney General, and Lt. Governor, Dave has been lecturing on Lincoln since 1976. He is the author of many articles and a book on the sixteenth president, and has a collection of historic artifacts relating to Lincoln’s life which he uses to enhance his talks. His interpretations and comments tell of the unknown, the unusual and the “real animal” as Lincoln called himself.

Mr. Leroy’s appearance is sponsored by the Idaho Humanities Council.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11 at 5:30 PM – “TFPL Book Club” discusses Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles

This gripping Civil War novel is told from the point of view of Adair, a young Missouri woman who is falsely accused of being a Confederate spy. Whether she faces a long trek to find her family, a stint in prison, or an attraction to her interrogator, Adair’s life as a woman trying to survive the war years will capture the imagination of readers.

Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the in partnership with The Library of America. The project, “Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It”, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the in partnership with The Library of America. The project, “Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It”, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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