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Civil War Prisons with Hugh Boyle

War is hell” is a statement that Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman is reputed to have made, and after reading the Prison Diary of Michael Dougherty, you can believe that statement to be true on battlefields and in Civil War prisons. Mr. Hugh Boyle, President and Executive Director of the Grand Army of the Republic Museum & Library of Philadelphia, will present a program titled, Civil War Prisons which tells of the conditions soldiers endured as prisoners of the Union and Confederacy. Learn what trials our countryman (and Bristol resident) Michael Dougherty survived and what circumstances killed so many others. The program is scheduled for the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 20th. This program is made possible through a Civil War 150 grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Register online at www.grundylibrary.org, or by calling 215.788.7891 ext. 5 or ext. 6.

          

 

 

Civil War Era Music with Thomas Jolin

Over time music has been a means to tell stories of events and people throughout history and the Civil War is no different. Music from the Civil War era gives listeners insight to soldier life, the traditions of the time, to the domestic scenes from which they came, as well as giving solace and relief to the people mourning the deaths of 600,000-plus Americans. Join us when Thomas Jolin, Commonwealth Speaker for Pennsylvania Humanities Council, performs Civil War Era Music at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street. His musical repertoire includes Lincoln and Liberty, Battle Cry of Freedom, No More Auction Block and more on hammered dulcimer, button accordion, harmonica and banjo. Mr. Jolin also discusses the origins of the songs and the instruments. Audience participation is encouraged at this family event. This presentation is a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the program is funded through a Civil War 150 grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Seating is limited for this engagement. Register online at www.grundylibrary.org, by calling 215.788.7891 ext. 5 or ext. 6.

 

 

What They Did There: Profiles from the Battle of Gettysburg

In July 1863, the small town of Gettysburg swelled to over 170,000 when Union and Confederate soldiers arrived with cannon, guns and ammunition to do one another harm in the name of their disparate ideologies. Affected on those fateful days were soldiers and townspeople, and it is they that are the focus of author Steve Hedgpeth’s book, What They Did There: Profiles from the Battle of Gettysburg. In his August presentation of the same name, Mr. Hedgpeth presents short, colorful vignettes as snapshots of events from the lives of the soldiers and civilians involved during that pivotal Civil War battle. His program scheduled on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 beginning at 6:30 pm is the last of three events at the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, 680 Radcliffe Street to commemorate the Civil War 150th anniversary. The program is funded through a Civil War 150 grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Seating is limited for this engagement. Register online at www.grundylibrary.org, by calling 215.788.7891 ext. 5 or ext. 6.

 

2014 Adult Summer Reading Club: Literary Elements

 

 

The adult summer reading club, Literary Elements, kicks off on Monday, June 2nd and continues through Friday, August 29th. A literary themed gift bag will be the prize for each of the June 30th, July 31st and August 29th drawings. To participate, read a book and drop a completed book review ballot into the ballot box at the Library. Blank ballots and the rules for the Literary Elements reading club are available at the Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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