Shelby County Public Library



The Shelby County Public Library received a $1,500 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to host “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a five-part reading and discussion series. The library is one of 65 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series which will encourage participants to consider the legacy of the Civil War and emancipation. 


HOW TO GET INVOLVED

RESERVE YOUR BOOKS

"Making Sense of the American Civil War" is organized as a series of five "conversations" that are meant to be considered together. These discussions will be based on readings from the following books:
 

25 sets of these books are available for reservation on a first come, first serve basis in the library's Carnegie East Wing Computer Lab. This building is located next to the library. Use side Entrance B. Copies of the books must be returned at the end of the lecture series.

These texts include works of historical fiction and interpretation, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biographies, and short stories. Readings also include an introductory essay, which provides context for the entire "Making Sense of the American Civil War" series and for each of the five sessions. 

 

ATTEND LECTURES (RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED)

Ron Hamilton, Ivy Tech and IUPUI Adjunct Professor of History, will lead the following lectures on the Civil War. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please call Christopher Wilson at 317-398-7002 or sign up in the library's Carnegie East Wing Computer Lab. All lectures are free of charge and will be held in the library's Carnegie East Wing - Instruction Room B. This building is located next to the library. Use side Entrance B.

  • Saturday, September 1, 2012 (1:00pm) - IMAGINING WAR - 
    "The Impending Crisis: Expansion, Sectionalism and Road to Civil War"
    READINGS: March by Geraldine Brooks; America's War anthology - Part One

  • Saturday, September 8, 2012 (1:00pm) - CHOOSING SIDES - 
    "A State Divided: Indiana in the Civil War"
    READINGS: America's War anthology - Part Two

  • Saturday, September 15, 2012 (1:00pm) - MAKING SENSE OF SHILOH - 
    "Shiloh to Gettysburg: A String of Generals and Lost Opportunities"
    READINGS: America's War anthology - Part Three

  • Saturday, September 22, 2012 (1:00pm) - THE SHAPE OF WAR - 
    "Johnny Reb and Billy Yank: Life on the Battlefield"
    READINGS: Crossroads of Freedom by James McPherson; America's War anthology - Part Four

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 (1:00pm) - WAR AND FREEDOM - 
    "Legacy of Civil War: Emancipation and Reconstruction"
    READINGS: America's War anthology - Part Five

JOIN US FOR MORE SPECIAL EVENTS

  • CIVIL WAR DISPLAY 
    August 18-October 26
    at the Grover Museum 52 W Broadway St. Shelbyville, IN 46176 

    Step back in time and walk through the Streets of Shelby at the Grover Museum. Make sure to stop and browse through the special Civil War exhibit that will run from August 18-October 26. Get a free root beer float anytime between Noon - 3pm on August 18!

    If you have Civil War artifacts that you would like to share with the community for the display, please contact Candy Miller at the Grover Museum (317-392-4634).

  • CIVIL WAR DOCUMENTARY SERIES 
    Thursdays at 6pm (Aug. 30-Oct. 25)
    at the library's Carnegie East Wing - Instruction Room B -  This building is located next to the library. Use side Entrance B which faces the library

    Hailed as a film masterpiece and landmark in historical storytelling, Ken Burns's epic documentary brings to life America's most destructive-- and defining--conflict. With digitally enhanced images and new stereo sound, here is the saga of celebrated generals and ordinary soldiers, a heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one. 

  • BOOK DISCUSSIONS 

    March
     by Geraldine Brooks
     
    Thursday, September 27, 2012 (1:00pm)
    at the Horizon Center - 1504 S Harrison St. Shelbyville, IN 46176

    *New* Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson
    Thursday, October 16, 2012 (Noon)
    at the Bookmark Coffeeshop on Shelbyville's Circle

    Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson
    Thursday, October 25, 2012 (1:00pm)
    at the Horizon Center

    Cheryl Miller from the Shelby County Public Library will be leading additional discussions of the books, 
    March by Geraldine Brooks and Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson at the Horizon Center and the Bookmark Coffeeshop. No reservations are required to attend. 
The library has added a tween and teen book discussion to the American Civil War series of events! 

Teens, get a free copy of COAL BLACK HORSE by Robert Olmstead and discuss it with us on Saturday, September 29 (1pm/library's Carnegie East Wing). Light refreshments will be served at the discussion. The library has eleven copies of the book to distribute. These are available in the youth department on a first come, first serve basis. 

Tweens, we will be discussing MY NAME IS AMERICA: THE JOURNAL OF JAMES EDMOND PEASE by Jim Murphy on Thursday, October 11 (5:30pm/at the Bookmark). If you would like, show up a little early to grab a smoothie or snack before the discussion!

  • STORYTELLER - Sharon Kirk Clifton
    "The Role of Indiana Women in the Civil War"
    Saturday, October 6, 2012 (2:00-4:00pm)
    at the Grover Museum -
    52 W Broadway St. Shelbyville, IN 46176

    Portraying Elizabeth (Eliza, also "Mother") George, a member of the U.S. Sanitary Commission from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Clifton tells the true stories of her character and those of other Hoosier women during the Civil War, including the Sisters of Providence, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods; Susan Brown of Hagerstown; a young Huntington woman who disguised herself as a man and joined the Union Army, and others. This is a free event. No reservations are required to attend.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Christopher Wilson, Adult Services Manager at the Shelby County Public Library (317-398-7002 / cwilson@sscpl.lib.in.us) 

Additional support has been provided by Indiana Humanities.