West Florida Libraries To Present Civil War Programs

April 30, 2013

West Florida Public Library has been awarded a  grant by the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History to host Civil War programs and scholar‐led discussions. There will be various events for persons of all ages taking place at most  library branches during the month of May.

To begin the program, Dave Ehlert, skilled Civil War history performer from Branson, Missouri, will be at the West Florida Genealogy Library, located on the PSC Main Campus at 5:30 pm Wednesday, May 1st. He will portray Lincoln and Twain with historical drama, humor and education in a live production of “Abe Lincoln, Mark Twain & the Civil War.” Light refreshments will be served.

On Thursdays at 5:30, May 2 and May 30th at Southwest and Main libraries respectively, Price Legg will share reenactment history of a civil war soldier. Phil Duryea, volunteer coordinator for the National Naval Aviation Museum, will share artifacts of Civil War memorabilia and authentic maps of the era. Both programs are for families with children ages 7 and older.

Woody Barnes will share his wealth of genealogical knowledge in his presentation “War Between the States Military Records”.  He is a member of the Jamestown Society, Society of the War of 1812, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). Participants are encouraged to bring their own family history notes and utilize the library’s computers for online genealogical research after the program. He will appear at the Molino Branch Library on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. and the Main Library at 5:30 p.m. on May 23.

Programs for children will include activities ranging from how to write with a quill pen to the questionably tasty experience of hardtack. Program days and times are Main Library on Wednesday, May 15 at 4 p.m., at Tryon  Library on Thursday, May 16 at 4 p.m. , at Westside Library on Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m. , and at the Molino Library on Monday, May 20 at 4 p.m.

The Civil War 150 Grant is in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War made possible by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


One Response to “West Florida Libraries To Present Civil War Programs”

  1. Molino Lady on May 1st, 2013 2:04 pm

    What a wonderful way to learn history! Many thanks to Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Library system.