SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains Public Library (1927 Bartle Ave.) displays some of the most significant documents, photographs and posters in American history as Civil War 150, a national traveling panel exhibit comes to town from Thurs., May 1 through Sat., May 17.
Scotch Plains was one of the 50 libraries nationwide selected to host the exhibition, which highlights major events in the war through the vantage points of the soldiers, presidents, freedmen and families. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the most transformative period in U.S. history.
“It was a very rigorous application process to get both the exhibit and funding,” said Pamela Brooks, head of adult services at the Scotch Plains Public Library. “We had to lay out a budget and highlight the programs that we planned to offer.”
Brooks believes that it was the library’s rich involvement in civil war and military educational programs prior to the application that played a major role in drawing the prestigious exhibit to the Scotch Plains Public Library.
“We are so pleased to be able to offer this exhibition to our community and following in the footsteps of many of our other Civil War programs that have been embraced", added Brooks. “We are very grateful to the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the friends of the Scotch Plains Library, and the National Endowment for Humanities, which largely funded the program.”
In conjunction with the exhibit, the library will host the following free educational programs related the Civil War:
- Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. – The Women: Who Were They?, presented by Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps
- Thursday, May 1 at 8:15 p.m. – Opening Reception and Exhibit Preview
- Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. – Songs of the Civil War: History and Myth, presented by Chuck Winch and Lisa Wilkins
- Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. - The Civil War at Sea, presented by Craig Symonds, Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy
- Saturday, May 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. – Family Genealogy Day with Catherine Medich and members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
- Monday, May 12 at 7 p.m. – Robert E. Lee: Conflicted Confederate, presented by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
- Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. – The Meanwhile Men: Non-Combatants in the Civil War, presented by Robert John Andrews
Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Live It from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a partnership with the Library of America, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to preserving America’s best and most significant writing.
“The goal of the project is to encourage a deeper understanding of the civil war through the words and actions of those that lived through it,” said Susan Saidenberg, Director of Public Programs and Exhibitions at the Gilderman Lehrman Institute of American History.
Civil War 150 programs are free to the public, but registration is encouraged, as space is limited.
For more information on this exhibition at the library, please call 908-322-5007 Ext. 204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.