Scotch Plains Public Library is proud to be among the 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Civil War 150

Utilizing letters, personal accounts, and images drawn from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, this exhibition traces major events during the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families.  Visitors will come to understand how people dealt with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of Civil War, and the role of a president in wartime. In conjunction with this exhibition, there will be programs and speakers related to the issues of the Civil War.  For additional info, visit

Civil War 150 programming  this week:

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Thursday, May 1 at 7pm - The Women, Who Were They?   Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps will present a  program examining the changing role of women in society as a result of the Civil War.  From nursing on the fields of battle to running the home front, women were becoming more active public participants in American life, yet were denied the emancipation being offered at the conclusion of the war to the former slaves.  How did suffrage rise from this conflict? 

Born and raised in Elizabeth, Dr. Epps is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and a career educator. She earned degrees from Rutgers and Seton Hall , and her doctorate from Drew University. A past-president of the New Jersey Historical Society, she is the current president and CEO of 1804 Consultants, an organization that works for the advancement of not-for-profit educational and cultural institutions.

Saturday, May 3 at 2pm - Songs of the Civil War: History and Myth.  Chuck Winch and Lisa Wilkins perform songs of the era to explore how popular music relected the sentiments and events of the time.  This program is funded by the Horizon Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America.  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.  Programming, emphasizing  a theme of “conflicted times,” is funded through the generosity of the Friends of Scotch Plains Public Library. 

Registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited:                  

908.322.5007 ext. 204