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July 2013

Friday, July 19 at 9 a.m. 119 Airport Rd. Hartford. Ceremony to celebrate the conservation and relocation of the Forlorn Soldier Monument to the State Capitol Building. Details: WarshauerM@ccsu.edu

September 2013

Tuesday, September 17, the Forlorn Soldier Monument will be formally dedicated in the State Capitol Building.

Saturday-Sunday, September 28-29 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Civil War Encampment, featuring a medical field hospital, Battle Re-enactments (click for more information), Amazing Medical Exhibits, CT National Guard and 21st-Century Battlefield Medicine, Musket and Cannon Firing Demonstrations, A Variety of Historical Talks


PAST EVENTS

April 2013

Saturday, April 6 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - 2013 Civil War Trust Park Day at Fort Trumbull - Since 1996 the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Fort Trumbull, 90 Walbach Street, New London, only one of two New England Park Day sites. Company F, 14th CVI is the Civil War Trust coordinator for this event. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact irvingmoy@yahoo.com 

Friday, April 12 - 2 p.m. - Free screening of the Civil War Film, Shenandoah - Torp Theatre, Central Connecticut State University.

March 2013

Sunday, March 3 - 2 p.m. - Relive the Stories of Connecticut’s Irish Regiment During the Civil War at the New Haven Museum with historian Bob Larkin.  With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, the New Haven Museum The Connecticut Irish American Historical Society and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University are pleased to present a lecture on the 9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Connecticut’s Irish regiment.  The New Haven Museum is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

Thursday, March 7 - 7 p.m. - “Shock and Awe in 1862: American Writers and the Meaning of the Civil War” - The Middlesex County Historical Society is pleased to present Professor Christopher Hager who will give a talk  in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library.

Friday, March 15 - In an era before antisepsis and antibiotics, the devastating effects of a new weapon of destruction called the Minie Ball resulted in more than 55,000 amputations. The effects of this bullet are demonstrated on wood, pig femur, and muscle with clinical demonstrations. Dr. Ira Spar is a practicing orthopedic and hand surgeon and a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons.  Litchfield History Museum Suggested donation of $5. Registration Required: registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org

Friday, March 15 - 2 p.m. - Free screening of the Civil War Film, The Red Badge of Courage - Torp Theatre, Central Connecticut State University.


February 2013

Wednesday, February 20 - 12 p.m. - "The Prudence Crandall Effect" Join historian Carol Patterson-Martineau at Connecticut's Old State House for a riveting presentation on the importance the the Crandall Affair had on the development of abolitionist thought in Windham County.  www.ctoldstatehouse.org

Wednesday, February 20 - 7:30 p.m. - "Everything YOu Dont's Know About Slavery in Connecticut and the Civil War" - A lecture by Dr. Matthew Warshauer at the Kent Memorial Library, 50 North Main St., Suffield, CT. 

Friday, February 22 - 2 p.m. - Free screening of the Civil War Film, Operator 13 - Torp Theatre, Central Connecticut State University.

Thursday, February 21 - 12 p.m. - “John E. Cook, Conspirator” - Historian Cynthia Goetz will present the story of John E. Cook, a stone-cutter's son from Haddam, Connecticut who became a Captain in John Brown's army and helped light the spark that ignited the Civil War. Memorial Hall, Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue , Hartford, CT www.ctstatelibrary.org


January 2013

Saturday, January 5 - 1 p.m. - Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” at the Avon Free Library. -- The second lecture in the series, featuring the history of Emancipation by Dr. Paul Alan Cimbala, Professor of History at Fordham University.  For more information contact Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd. Avon, CT 06001 -- www.avonctlibrary.org

Thursday, January 10- 6 p.m. - The Russell Library in Middletown Connecticut presents  Middletown Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation - Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown CT For details, click here.

Saturday, January 12 - 1 p.m. - Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” at the Avon Free Library. -- The third second presentation in the series, featuring the "They Call Me Lizzy: From Slavery to the White House, a one hour performance by Stephanie Jackson.  For more information contact Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd. Avon, CT 06001 -- www.avonctlibrary.org

Wednesday, January 16 - 12 p.m. -  Connecticut's Old State House presents "Myths and Legends of the Emancipation Proclamation," a lecture by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission - free and open to the public.  For more information - www.ctoldstatehouse.org

Monday, January 21 - 1-4 p.m. -  Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation Celebration sponsored by the Amistad Center of Art & Culture and the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission.  -  A half day of events that you will not want to miss.  Held at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  For more info - www.ccsu.edu/civilwar

Saturday, January 26 - 1 p.m. - Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” at the Avon Free Library. -- The fourth lecture in the series, featuring Civil Liberties During the Civil War, the Honorable Douglas S. Lavine, Judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court.  For more information contact Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd. Avon, CT 06001 -- www.avonctlibrary.org

Previous Events

December 2012

Sunday, December 9 - 10 a.m. - Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, CT launches its 15 month Civil War Commemoration with a 19th century church service followed by a formal tea by the Royal Tea Company.  For information contact Jill Walker at jillybean@snet.net  

Saturday, December 15 - 1 p.m. - Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd., Avon, CT. This exhibit examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.  The featured speaker on this evening will be Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission.  For more information contact Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd. Avon, CT 06001 -- www.avonctlibrary.org

November 2012

Wednesday, November 14 - 6:30 p.m. -The Symsbury Historical Society Annual Meeting - "The Boys of the Battlefield: The Civil War as told by its popular songwriters - by Rick Spencer, musician and historian.  - Ellsworth Visitor Center, Simsbury Historical Society -  www.simsburyhistory.org  or call (860) 658 2500.

October 2012

Tuesday, October 2 -  7 p.m. - Simsbury Public Library presents Dave Smith of Old Say Brook, who will discuss the history of Civil War Railroads and how this 30 year old techonology dramatically changed the war.  For info www.simsburylibrary.info or call Susan Bullock at 860-658-7663. 

Friday, October 5 - 7-8:30 - Remembrance Concert, Lincoln Middle School Theater, 164, Centennial Ave, Meriden, CT -- The kick-off to the next day's event.  See below.

Saturday, October 6- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Meriden's Civil War Encampment - An historical event to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to recognize Meriden's contributions. The event is a collaborative effort of the Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Meriden Historical Society, Meriden Arts Trust and Quinnipiac River Watershed Association and is made possible through a generous grant from the Meriden Foundation.  Located near the original site of Camp Tyler, a training camp for the First Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Cavalry and the First Battery Connecticut Volunteer Light Artillery, the Second Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery volunteers will act in the roles of militia and the ancillary but indispensable players associated with the camp, such as washerwomen, cooks and blacksmiths.  MeridenCivilWar@hotmail.com or 203-237-2237  www.MeridenCivilWar.wordpress.com 

Tuesday, October 9 -  5 p.m. - Simsbury Public Library presents The Life and Times of William Web. Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library performs a living history presentation of the this Afircan American soldier who served in the CT 29th Colored Regiment. For info www.simsburylibrary.info or call Susan Bullock at 860-658-7663. 

Saturday, October 13 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Fall Heritage Festival - Civil War Encampment and 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff.  Phelps Homestead, Simsbury Historical Society - www.simsburyhistory.org or call (860) 658-2500.

September 2012

Saturday, September 8 - 12--3 p.m. -- "The Men of Antietam: History in our backyards - A tale of Connecticut soldiers in the Civil War, presented by John Banks. This is a riveting account of local CT soldiers who fought and died at the nation's most gruesome battle, Antietam, then returned hom for burial.  John has researched many soldiers and tracked down their graves, scattered throughout the state.  There will also be Civil War reenactors, music, and refreshments.  Bring the whole family.  Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Rd. Avon, CT 06001 -- www.avonctlibrary.org

Monday, September 17 - 6 p.m. - "Remembering Bristol's Civil War Soldiers" - With words and music, the Bristol Public Library will rmember those who perished in the Civil War.  Join us at the Civil War Monument in West Cemetery.  Limited seating.  Bring your own chair if desired.  Rain date, Sept. 25.  for additonal info contact www.bristollib.com or call 860-584-7787 ext 2017.  

Monday, September 17 - 7 p.m. - Simsbury Public Library presents Phil Smith, former educator, U.S. Air Force veteran, and Civil War enthusiast, who will discuss the military use of hot air balloons during the Civil War.  For info www.simsburylibrary.info  or call Susan Bullock at 860-658-7663. 

Saturday, September 22 - 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. -- "Then We Talk of Home": A Soldier's Letters Introduce the Civil War - A Symposium at the Litchfield Historical Society - Join LHS for a one of a kind event that engages the Civil War from a wide variety of perspectives.  From "How to" engage the Civil War as a subject, to health care during the war, the history of textiles, first person interpretation, and a Litchfield walking tour, this event promises to be excellent.  Please pre-register by contacting LHS.  www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org -  Also vist their exhibit, The Hour of Conflict. 

Saturday, September 22 - 6:30 p.m. - Promise of Freedom - a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation -- The exhibition will feature a rare Lincoln signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation and Thirteenth Amednment.  Fairfield Museum & History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT - For information contact info@fairfieldhs.org -- Exhibit runs from September 22-February 24, 2013.

Sunday, September 23 - 2 p.m. - "Mrs. Mary Ann Lewis Bronson: A Visit wiht a Civil War Doctor's Wife" - by Mary Lou Pavlik - Ellsworth Visitor Center, Simsbury Historical Society -  www.simsburyhistory.org or call (860) 658 2500 - Members $7 - non-members $10.

Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 -10 a.m. -- "CONNECTICUT TO ARMS" - Come out and join the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration, our many partner organizations, and re-enactors from across New England for the next big Civil War Encampment - held at Wickham Park in Manchester, CT.  This is THE event of the year.  

 August 2012

Saturday, August 25 - 10-11:30 a.m. - Cedar Hill and the Battle of Antietam - On the bloodiest day in United States history, 36 of Cedar Hill Cemetery’s Civil War veterans fought at the Battle of Antietam. Join Mary Falvey on a tour that commemorates the 150th anniversary of this pivotal battle. Learn about the bravery and valor that occurred on that day, the anguish and suffering survivors would later endure and the contributions the returning veterans made to Hartford history.  Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, 453 Fairfield Avenue.  Hartford, CT 06114 www.cedarhillcemetery.org

June 2012

Thursday, June 7 – 7 p.m. -- The G.A.R. Hall in Rockville presents UConn Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert (Bob) Bee, who will discuss "Writing the Hirst Brothers' War, A Perspective on Co. D 14 th Ct. C.V.I. 1862-1865." This is a continuance of our Lecture Series, sponsored by The New England Civil War Museum and Alden Skinner Camp #45. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the event is free. Light refreshments will be served. http://www.newenglandcivilwarmuseum.com/

Thursday, June 14 - Saturday, June 17  –  The NORWICH FREEDOM BELL - Join the City of Norwich and its many sponsors as they spend three days celebrating the creation of the Freedom Bell in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.  Flag Day and Veterans Events will occur on the 14th, Native Heritage Day on the 15th, and Juneteenth Celebration on the 16th.  It will be on Saturday that the bell will actually be cast in public.  This is an historic event that should not be missed.  For more information, see http://www.norwichfreedombell.com/ or contact City Historian Dale Plummer - cityhistorian@norwichct.org 

Sunday, June 17 - 1 p.m. - Join the Connecticut 9th Irish Regiment and the Irish History Round Table as they rededicate the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument atop East Rock Park in New Haven, CT.  It was on this very day 125 years ago that the monument was dedicated.  New Haven was represented by over 20 regiments with some 520 men who served.  Each is represented on the monument.  For more information contact Bob Larkin at robertolarkin@yahoo.com - For a map of East Rock see http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks/parksinformation/media/2008EastRockMap.pdf

Saturday, June 30 - 10-11:30 a.m. - Civil War POW Walk and Talk at Cedar Hill Cemetery.  Cedar Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 175 Civil War soldiers some of whom endured horrific conditions as prisoners of war. Evelyn Bollert will lead visitors on a tour of the final resting places of prisoners of the Civil War and tell their stories of bravery, resilience and heartbreak. Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, 453 Fairfield Avenue.  Hartford, CT 06114 www.cedarhillcemetery.org

May 2012

Wednesday, May 9 - 7 p.m. - The Salmon Brook Historical Society presents “The Words of Granby’s Soldiers and Families.” Local residents will bring to life original letters and diaries written by Granby soldiers and their families. Holcomb Farm Workshop, 113 Simsbury Rd., West Granby. Admission is free to society members, and $5 for non-members. Contact Carol Laun 860-653-9713 - www.salmonbrookhistorical.org

April 2012

Sunday, April 1 -- Trumbull Library - 2-3 p.m.  - Tribute to Civil War Quilts with Jo Hansling, with exhibits open until 4pm.   While men like Inman were away fighting, women were quilting. Northern women used patriotic red, white, and blue. In the South, most quilts were made by slaves, but some owners also sewed to support the war effort. Quilt samples will show the designs used for different causes and even, perhaps, the Underground Railroad. Jo Hansling is a passionate quilter and craftswoman. Registration required. PARTNER EVENT AT THE TRUMBULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1856 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull.  www.trumbullct-library.org    or 203-452-5197.

Wednesday, April 4 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - A day in the life of a Civil War soldier. Civil War re-enactor Jay Hull, representing the 27th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, will demonstrate the daily routine, clothing, equipment, and weapons of soldiers in the nation’s biggest single crisis. Housatonic Community College. For more information, contact David Koch, (203) 332-5170.

Monday April 9 - 7 p.m. – “The Native American Veterans of Connecticut's Volunteer Regiments and the Union Navy,” a presentation by David J. Naumec. Ensemble Room at Norwich Free Academy’s Sidney Frank Center on Joseph Perkins Road, Norwich, CT. The evening is informal and light refreshments are served after the program. For information or questions please call 860-887-0271.

Wednesday, April 11 - 7 p.m. - The Salmon Brook Historical Society presents Mr. Richard Meyer, who will discuss the origins of the Civil War - the Missouri Compromise, the Lecompton Constitution, and the Dred Scott Decision.  Mr. Meyer argues, "The Civil War was not caused by slavery, as some historians assert.  The preamble to War goes back many years before 1861, and when we look at all those factors, we have a much mbeeter understanding of our country's history and the War itself."  Held at the Holcomb Farm Workshop, 113 Simsbury Rd., West Granby. Members are free.  Non-members are $5.  For more information contact Carol Laun (860) 653-9713 - www.salmonbrookhistorical.org

Saturday, April 14 - 8 p.m. - "Music of the American Civil War" - Branford Folk Music Society - First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St., Branford, CT.  - Admission: $12 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 for children.  For additional information: http://folknotes.org/branfordfolk/ 

Saturday, April 14 - 2-3:30 p.m. - A Family Civil War Sesquicentennial Program - Film, Live Music & Discussion - The Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street in East Haven has commissioned a new score for the silent film classic, The General, starring Buster Keaton. Considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time, it is based upon an actual civil war event called the Andrews Raid, which took place on April 12, 1862. Several brave men received the very first Medals of Honor for their parts in this event. East Haven students will help perform the music, and the film will be followed by a lively discussion of the Civil War, the film, the music and other related topics. We hope to engage dialogue between generations as well as bring the community together to celebrate history in a fun and unique way.  For questions, please contact Cynthia Gwiazda at 203-468-3891 or via email at cgwiazda@biblio.org. -- www.hagamanlibrary.info

Sunday, April 14 – 2-3 p.m. – “A Brush with War: The Weir Family and the Civil War” – Weir Farm National Historic Site – www.nps.gov/wefa   Free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, call (203) 834-1896 – ext. 12.

Sunday, April 15 -- Trumbull Library - 2-3 p.m.  - Jeffrey Cook’s Civil War Memorabilia Presentation, with exhibits open until 4pm. Mr. Cook will introduce his U.S. Civil War memorabilia from 2-3. The exhibit will be open until 4pm today, and continues through 5/20/12, when he will repeat his talk. Registration required. PARTNER EVENT AT THE TRUMBULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1856 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull.   www.trumbullct-library.org  or 203-452-5197.

Thursday, April 19 - 7 p.m. - The Norwich HIstorical Society presents the William B. Stanley Lectures Series -  "Steal Away to Jesus": Fugitives and the Underground Railroad in Connecticut, the first lecture of the series will be presented by Dr. Derrick D. McKisick, Assistant Professor of History at Fairfield University. This inaugural event will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2012 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Slater Auditorium at the Norwich Free Academy. The lecture is free and open to the public. http://norwichhistoricalsociety.org/

Friday, April 20-22 - "Connecticut Day at Antietam National Battlefield."  Sponsored by the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, the Connecticut Civil War Round Table, the National Parks Service, and Central Connecticut State University, this trip will bring over 200 Connecticut residents to the Antietam Battlefield to rededicate the four CT monuments located on the field.  For more information, see www.ccsu.edu/civilwar -- Registration for this trip is now closed.

Sunday, April 22 - 1 p.m. “Connecticut Troops at Gettysburg” Past-president of the Vernon Historical Society and independent scholar Connie Satton will describe Connecticut soldiers and their experiences during and after the Civil War battle at Gettysburg. Manchester History Center, 175 Pine Street, Manchester. Parking for the lecture is available along Pleasant Street, off Forest Street (no on-street parking) as well as in a small lot next to the History Center. $3 for non-members, $1 for Society members, and free for children under age 16. Light refreshments will be served. More information about the Historical Society at www.manchesterhistory.org<http://www.manchesterhistory.org/ The History Center, in the former Cheney Brothers Machine Shop, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sunday, April 29 -- 2 p.m. - "Why the Civil War?"  Local Historian Richard Meyer will engage the age old question of why the great war between the states occurred.  Ellsworth Visitor Center, Simsbury Historical Society -  www.simsburyhistory.org or call (860) 658 2500 - Members $7 - non-members $10.

 

 March 2012

Thursday, March 1 - 7:30 p.m. -"They Did Their Best: Army Doctors and Staff Fight Their Own War," a slide show presentation by Dr. R.M. "Mick" Bedard, President of the Hartford Medical Society, highlighting the diseases and injuries that confronted a mid-18th century medical profession and how they responded to the task. Dr. Bedard will also discuss the advances that occurred before, during, and after the war, many of which became the foundation of modern medicine and nursing. Admission is Free. The New England Civil War Museum - Rockville "Memorial" - Town Hall Building. Second Floor G.A.R. Hall, 14 Park Place, Rocikville, CT. http://www.newenglandcivilwarmuseum.com/

Thursday, March 1 - 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Art After Hours - Enjoy live music, cocktails, snacks and the film, The Conspirator. $10; free to members. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Saturday, March 3 - 7 p.m - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie The Conspirator (2010) 122 min. Rated PG-13. Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Sunday, March 4 - 2 p.m - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie The Conspirator (2010) 122 min. Rated PG-13. Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Sunday, March 4 - Trumbull Library - Poster Contest –“UNITED WE STAND” THEME: The concept of strength in unity can be traced all the way back to one of Aesop's fables, in which he shows that sticks one by one may be readily broken, but cannot when several are bound together in a bundle. Lincoln's The House Divided Speech is linked to this universal theme and is inextricably connected to the U.S. Civil War. Applications distributed in early February. Posters are due by 5pm at the Library, on Sun. 3/4/12, same day as Kick-Off Event! Three categories: Grade school (grades 1-5); Teen (grades 6-12); and Adult. Winners announced 3/8/12, and Prizes awarded at a Ceremony Fri. Mar. 9, 7 - 7:30am, at the Trumbull Main Library. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Sunday, March 4 - Trumbull Library - KICK OFF EVENT - 14th CT Civil War Regiment Re-enactment at Abraham Nichols Park, 1860 Huntington Tpke, Trumbull, CT. 2 - 4pm. The 14th Regiment, Company G, Connecticut Infantry re-enactors will demonstrate drill and firing of muskets, as well as discuss their authentic uniforms, equipment, rations and how they were used by the soldiers during the War. Alan Crane and the Volunteers will set up an encampment, and demonstrate cooking and meal preparation over a campfire! Held outside. Additional parking at Nichols Methodist Church and the Nichols Improvement Association up the street. Hot chocolate and cider will be served. Adjacent Trumbull Historical Society Museum will be open until 5pm. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Tuesday, March 6 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - "Connecticut's African American Soldiers" - Join David Koch, Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College, as he discusses the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed some 4 million slaves in the southern states, and also led to the recruiting of black soldiers in Connecticut. This talk will cover the social and political climate in the country, as well as the specific experiences of the 29th and 30th Regiments, which were recruited here in Connecticut. This lecture is funded by the Francis S. Mallett Memorial Foundation. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Friday, March 9 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - Cold Mountain Movie & Pizza Night. Sit back and enjoy pizza with this stunning adaptation of Charles Frazier’s sweet and sorrowful Civil War novel, featuring three of today’s biggest stars. Cold Mountain (2003) starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress). Directed by Anthony Minghella. 154 min www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Saturday, March 10 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Victorian Days - Come experience Victorian America through hands-on art activities, tours, costumes, live music and dance with Vintage Dance and Music Society, plus a free screening of Gone with the Wind (1939). The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Sunday, March 11 - 1 p.m. - Naugatuck Historical Society Museum presents Dr. Ben Hawley, a descendnent of the 29th Connecticut Regiment, will present the history of the 29th, and how Connecticut and Governor William Buckingham stood up to those who opposed a black regiment. Dr. Hawley will also explore the 29th's battle experiences and the particular soldiers who stood out. Naugatuck Historical Society Museum, 195 Water St., Naugatuck - 203-729-9038. Members $3 and non-members $5.

Sunday, March 11 - Trumbull Library - 2-3:30 p.m. - Animal Mascots of the Civil War with David Koch, Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College, as he discusses the animals that men brought with them or adopted over the years of bitter fighting. This is a heartwarming story suitable for all ages. This lecture is funded by the Francis S. Mallett Memorial Foundation. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Sunday, March 11 - 1 p.m. - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie Gone with the Wind (1939) 238 min. Noted rated. Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Monday, March 12 - 7 p.m. - The New London Civil War Round Table presents Norwich native and local historian Bill Shannon, who will give a presentation on the 18th Connecticut Volunteer Regiment. Most previous Connecticut Regiments had been raised in Hartford or New Haven. However, when Gov. Buckingham announced the 18th Regiment would be enlisted and trained in Norwich, the town became electric with pride and support for the Regiment. The unit signed up over 250 men from Norwich, and men from all over New London and Windham Counties enlisted and fought together in the 18th. They were trained at the Fairgrounds in Norwich and then saw action mainly in the Shenandoah Valley being bloodied several times in major battles. -- Norwich Free Academy, Sydney Frank Center.

Tuesday, March 13 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - Connecticut in the Civil War. CT provided a greater percentage of its citizens as Union manpower than any other state. Its soldiers and sailors were engaged in every theater of the War. In addition, our state was the arsenal of the Union, making Union armies the best-equipped in human history until that time, and making possible the state’s post–War industrial boom. This lecture is funded by the Francis S. Mallett Memorial Foundation. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Wednesday, March 14 - Trumbull Library - 12-1:30 p.m. - Cold Mountain book discussion. - Come together to discuss with others the universal themes and unique views in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain. “Measured and graceful … savor it. You’ll find the characters living in your head for a long time.” --MJ-S - Registration required. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Friday, March 16 - 12 p.m. - Hoops – Nuisance or Convenience? Civil War Fashion and Textiles - Lynne Z. Bassett, Guest Curator for Costumes and Textiles. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Saturday, March 17 - Trumbull Library - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Build Your Own Monitor Boat with the Eli Whitney Museum. Build a Civil War Monitor iron ship of your own, with its rotating turret and stand that you decorate with images and fixtures. Cornelius Bushnell was an engineer and shipbuilder near New Haven. When the South was near completion of the ground-breaking ironclad the Merrimack, Bushnell built one for the North, the Monitor! Even though they only fought to a draw, both ironclads were critical to the defense of wooden military and supply ships. Ages 8 and up! Merwin Room. Registration required. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Sunday, March 18 - Trumbull Library - 2- 3:30 p.m. - Folk & Bluegrass Music with Phil Rosenthal. This afternoon we will hear folk and bluegrass favorites and original compositions, as well as a sing-a-long or two our Cold Mountain characters would recognize from their Blue Ridge and North Carolina mountain traditions! Mr. Rosenthal is a nationally known singer/songwriter whose compositions on guitar, banjo, and mandolin have been recorded by bluegrass and country music stars. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Sunday, March 18 - Trumbull Library - 2- 3:30 p.m. - Retelling of the Civil War: Mrs. Mary Ann Bronson, A Visit with a Civil War Doctor’s Wife. Mary Lou Pavlik will portray her CT great-great-grandmother, who was married to a Civil War doctor. Mrs. Bronson and her husband exchanged many letters during the War, which Mary Lou still has! She will bring to life her relative’s perspective on the War, as woman, doctor’s wife, and one of those “who also serve”. Registration required. Seating limited. PARTNER EVENT AT THE TRUMBULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1856 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Tuesday, March 20 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - "The End of the Civil War" - The surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army on April 9, 1865 is often considered the end of the Civil War. However, the fighting went on for some time after that. This talk will discuss the way the War actually ended and the consequences of the instability the War caused. This lecture is funded by the Francis S. Mallett Memorial Foundation www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Wednesday, March 21 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - Civil War Book Share with Soup Luncheon at Fairchild Nichols Branch. Come share your favorite Civil War era books with others over a soup lunch! Each will add a different perspective! Fairchild Nichols Branch Library, 1718 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull. Registration required. that. This talk will discuss the way the War actually ended and the consequences of the instability the War caused. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Thursday, March 22 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - Cold Mountain Evening Book Discussion with Susan Boyar of Learning Insights. Back after last year’s Trumbull One Book – Town, it’s not surprising that Susan Boyar has been a popular facilitator with book clubs in the greater New York metro area since 1980. This includes book clubs and libraries in Greenwich, Cos Cob, Wilton and other private groups. Join her and other readers of Cold Mountain tonight for a lively discussion that’s sure to stimulate new insights. Kiwanis Room. Registration required. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Friday, March 23 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - Civil War Genealogy with Expert Harlan Jessup. Get help indentifying and studying those in your family who fought in the Civil War, from service and pension records, to the less well-known census, burial records, and published personal and military unit histories. Mr. Jessup will illustrate the talk with examples from two of his great-great-uncles, one who fought for the Union and one for the Confederacy. Harlan Jessup is a professional genealogist who focuses on CT, and nearby areas of Mass. and NY. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Sunday, March 25 - Trumbull Library - "Afternoon Tea: Who Wore What and the Roles of Women in the Civil War," with Juanita Leisch. Photographs, garments, and artifacts document what was worn and “who wore what,” as well as what women’s lives were like during in the Civil War era. Ms. Leisch goes beyond the dates and events to daily lives and activities, when technology and roles were different, but universal homefront efforts were made. Discussions and tea/snacks included! Juanita Leisch is a speaker and writer on civilians in the Civil War. Registration required. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Wednesday, March 28 - Trumbull Library - 7 p.m. - A Debate: Resolved that Desertion during Time of War Is Treason. Trumbull High School vs. St. Joseph’s High School Debate Clubs. Cold Mountain may be unique among Civil War novels in that it gives readers a view from the vantage point of a deserter. Be there as these two formidable opponents formally debate the provocative proposed resolution. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Friday, March 30 - Trumbull Library - 7 - 9 p.m. - Old Fashioned Family Hoedown at Tashua School. What’s a hoedown? A community dancing party featuring folk and square dances accompanied by lively hillbilly tunes played on the fiddle. Join ours, with Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman leading or “calling” directions, over live music, to dances our Cold Mountain characters would have known well! All ages and abilities welcome! Tashua Gym, 401 Stonehouse Rd., Trumbull. Entrance fee $5 or donation to food bank, per family. Registration required www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

Saturday, March 31 - 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Character actress Jessa Piaia, portrays the life and times of Clara Barton at the Windsor Public Library. Jessa reveals the accomplishments, struggles, and contributions of Clarissa "Clara" Barton. Dubbed "the Angel of the Battlefield" during the Civil War, Clarissa "Clara" Barton cooked food, brought supplies, and assisted surgeons on the battleground. Following the war, Miss Barton procured presidential approval to instate the first federal office to record names of missing, wounded, and dead soldiers; she was also part of the expedition to establish the first National Cemetery in Andersonville, GA. Her decade-long efforts to organize humanitarian aid led to the founding of the American Red Cross, of which she served as president for 23 years. For information contact the Windsor Public Library, (860) 285-1925.

Saturday, March 31 -- Trumbull Library - 11 a.m.-12 p.m. - The Experience of Nursing during the American Civil War, with Mary Ann Cordeau. Dr. Cordeau presents the nursing experience and the medical context of the American Civil War, based on the lives and letters of 17 nurses who provided care in the hospitals, battlefields, and camps. Mary Cordeau, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, a Nurse Historian, and did her dissertation on this topic. www.trumbullct-library.org or 203-452-5197.

February 2012

Wednesday, February 8 - 6 p.m. - Topsy's Legacy: Imagining Uncle Tom's Cabin After the Civil War - A Lecture at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.  As the popularity of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin grew, so did the number of illustrations that were printed alongside the text. As the years passed, the story and characters became a part of American popular culture. This talk explores illustrations of Topsy at the dressing table, a favorite scene from stage adaptations of the book and a clue for understanding why images such as this one were so popular and came to signal both the possibilities and the limits for depicting racial violence in the century that followed America's Civil War.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Wednesday, February 8 - 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Evening for Educators: Artful Reflections of the Civil War - For Pre-K-12 educators and administrators.  CEUs available.  Free.  Discover the Civil War through the lens of artistic expression as we explore Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered and War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War, two exhibitions that honor the 150th anniversary of this historic event. Bring your school calendar; we can schedule your next group visit this evening. Refreshments provided.  E-mail Teachers@wadworthatheneum.org to register. Registration closes two weeks prior to the program. Space is limited.

Wednesday, February 8 - 12 p.m. - Theater of War: Activists and Artists - Frank Mitchell, Curator of War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Wednesday, February 8 - 7 p.m. - Making Sense of the Civil War - A National Endowment for the Humanities program - Avon Free Public Library.  Dr. Matthew Warshauer will begin the once per month discussion series with a vareity of readings from America's War.  Avon Congregational Church. http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=AVON&curApp=events&curMonth=2&curYear=2012&SelectedDate=2/8/2012#2/8/2012 

Thursday, February 9 - 7 p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie Glory (1989) 122 min. Rated R.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670. 

Friday, February 10 - 6 p.m. - Lincoln-Douglas Debates Re-enactment Dinner - Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360 - Presented by the Emancipation Proclamation Commemoration Committee.  www.norwichfreedombell.com

Saturday, February 11 - 7 p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie Glory (1989) 122 min. Rated R.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Sunday, February 12 - 2 p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie Glory (1989) 122 min. Rated R.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Wednesday, February 15 - 7 p.m. -  The Windsor Historical Society presents Slavery and Race in Connecticut: Attitudes Before, During and After the Civil War.  The history of slavery and race in Connecticut is not what you may think.  As the New England state with the largest slave population at the time of the American Revolution, Connecticut reveals a troubled connection to the "peculiar institution" and the problems of race that were woven within.  Join CCSU Professor of History Dr. Matthew Warshauer for an intriguing and at times disconcerting look at how Connecticut residents viewed slavery and race.  For more information, visit www.windsorhistoricalsociety.org

Friday, February 17 - 12 p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Gallery of War: Activits and Artists. during the 19th century Frederick Douglass helped ceate a legacy that later activists, artists, and performers would use to advance the fight for civil rights.  In this gallery talk, Curator Frank Mitchell explores performers like Lena Horne, Paul Robeson, and Eve Jessye represented in War Prizes: the cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War and considers the significance of the war in works by contemporary artists.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Sunday, February 19 - 2 p.m. - Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War - Woodstock Historical Society - The talk is held at the East Woodstock Congregational Church.  http://www.woodstockhistoricalsociety.org/

Wednesday, February 22 - 6:30 p.m. - Stealing Lincoln's Body - A presentation by Thomas Craughwell, in his book Stealing Lincoln's Body, exhumes a fascinating and bizarre Lincoln tale that you didn't hear in school.  The plot was hatched by a group of Chicago counterfeiters to steal Lincoln's remains and ransom them for $200,000 and the release of an imprisoned cohort.  Howard Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck.  For more information http://www.whittemorelibrary.org/

Wednesday, February 22 - 7 p.m. - Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War - Bristol Public Library - http://www.bristollib.com/

Thursday, February 23 - 7 p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie Cold Mountain (2003) 154 min. Rated R.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Saturday, February 25 - 2:30  p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Join a docent for an exploration of the special exhibitions Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered and War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Saturday, February 25 - 7 p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie Cold Mountain (2003) 154 min. Rated R.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Sunday, February 26 - 2:30  p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Join a docent for an exploration of the special exhibitions Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered and War Prizes: The Cultural Legacy of Slavery & the Civil War.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Sunday, February 26 - 2 p.m. - The The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art presents the movie Cold Mountain (2003) 154 min. Rated R.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

January 2012

Wednesday, January 11 - 7-8:30 p.m.  - Making Sense of the Civil War - A National Endowment for the Humanities program - Avon Free Public Library.  Dr. Matthew Warshauer will begin the once per month discussion series with Geraldine Brooks' novel March.  Avon Congregational Church.  http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=AVON&curApp=events&curMonth=1&curYear=2012&SelectedDate=1/11/2012#1/11/2012 

Monday, January 16 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Day: Freedom - Join us for a full day of hands-on activities, live music and poetry focusing on the theme of freedom. Watch a quilting demonstration by world-renowned quilter and fabric artist, Ed Johnetta Miller!  The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Thursday, January 19 - 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Nook Farm Book Talk - Uncle Tom's Cabin Book Discussion at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center - Discuss the characters and storylines in Stowe’s famous anti-slavery novel. Refreshments from 5-5:30. Free and open to the public.  Conversation facilitated by Stowe Center Executive Director, Katherine Kane, from 5:30 to 6:30. Reservations are recommended. Nook Farm Book Talks are presented in partnership with the Mark Twain House & Museum. RSVP to info@stowecenter.org or 860.522.9258 ext. 317.

Tuesday, January 24 - 12 - 1 p.m. - American to the Backbone: The Life of James W.C. Pennington - Join the Old State House on January 24 at Noon for the first lunchtime lecture of 2012. Christopher Webber, the author of American to the Backbone: The life of James W.C. Pennington, will discuss the challenges and successes faced by Pennington, who escaped slavery in Maryland and went on to become  one of the leading abolitionists of his time. Following the lecture will be a panel discussion, moderated by Diane Smith. This free lecture is open to the public and attendees are invited to bring their lunches. Call (860) 522-6766 or click here to pre-register.   ttp://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22EDCKZ4UGY/

Sunday, January 22 - 4-5 p.m - Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Farmington Historical Society.  At the Farmington Congregational Church.

Friday, January 27 - 12 p.m. -  Quilts for the Civil War - Lynne Z. Bassett, Guest Curator for Costumes and Textiles - The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

December 2011

Monday, December 5 - 9 a.m 4 p.m. - Postponed  --  Litchfield Historical Society Symposium 2011 - "Then We Talk of Home": A Soldier's Letter Introduce the Civil War - Join LHS for a day-long symposia with a vareity of speakers.  For additional information and registration - http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/about/symposium.php  --

Wednesday, December 7 – 7 p.m. – State Archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni presents, "The Search for Ezra Chamberlin and the Confederate Submaraine H. L. Hunley," -- Norwalk Community College Archaeology Club, PepsiCo Theatre, Norwalk Community College.

Wednesday, December 7 – 7 p.m. – Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Woodstock Academy.  http://www.woodstockacademy.org/

Monday, December 12– 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - The Connecticut Militia Heritage Committee invites you to an event at the Governor William A. O'Neill State Armory, 360 Broad St., Hartford, CT.  First floor VTC Room.  Two speakers will present. Paul Parvis (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and New England Civil War Museum) will speak on "Four Connecticut Regiments at Antietam."  Jon E. Purmont (Southern Connecticut State University) will speak on "'We Must Do Our Duty as Soldiers Should': Three New Haven Area Soldiers' Views of the Civil War."

November 2011

Tuesday, November 8 - 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War - Paul Parvis, "Four Connecticut Regiments at Antietam"; Jon E. Purmont, "'We Must Do OUr Duty as Soldiers Should: Three New Haven Area Soldiers' Views of  the Civil War." -- Sponsored by the Connecticut Militia Hertitage Committee and held at teh Governor William A. O'Neill State Armory, 360 Broad St., Hartford, CT - First Floor VTC Room.  For information contact George Ripley, George.ripley@sunlife.com (860) 737-7317.

Tuesday, November 8 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during the Civil War - A panel discussion at Connecticut's Old State House, featuring Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, and Dr. Sarah Bullard, Department of Neuropsychology at Hartford Hospital.  Hosed by Diane Smith.  for more info,  http://www.ctosh.org/

Wednesday, November 9 - 7 p.m. -  2011 Tellabration in Norwich!  CT Black Heritage Reenactments - Tellabration! Is the world-wide celebration of storytelling . . . and it's happening in Norwich again this year! Every November, thousands of tellers and listeners gather to celebrate the joys of storytelling . . . and it started right here in Connecticut. This year join Donna Dufresne, Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti and Lot Therrio as they portray Prudence Crandall, Sarah Harris and James L. Smith. The program is FREE and everyone is welcome. NFA Slater Auditorium, Crescent St., Norwich. 

Wednesday, November 16 – May 6 - Colts & Quilts: The Civil War Remembered, The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  Visit the Wadsworth's amazing collection of Colt firearms and quilts from the Civil War Era.  A wide variety of special programs, all individually listed on this site's calendar.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Wednesday, November 16 – The Historical Society of East Hartford is honored to present Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.  His program will feature a Power Point presentation with the highlight on his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival.  The 7 p.m. meeting at East Hartford's Raymond Library is free and open to the public.  For questions, call Craig Johnson at 860-568-2884. 

Thursday, November 17 – 7 p.m. – Dave Smith presents Outrageous Dan Sickles, a dangerous but talented man with a lively gruesome story you won’t want to miss.  www.burlingtonctlibrary.info

Thursday, November 17 – 7 p.m. – State Archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni presents, "The Search for Ezra Chamberlin and the Confederate Submaraine H. L. Hunley," -- Groton Library, 52 Newtown Rd.  

Friday, November 18 – 12 p.m. - Witnesses to the War: Civil War Reporters and Supporters - Alyce Englund, Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.  For more information visit www.wadsworthatheneum.org or call (860) 278-2670.

Monday, November 21 - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - The Derby Historical Society presents “A Visit From Abraham Lincoln” on Monday, November 21, 2011 at Grassy Hill Lodge, Derby, CT . The evening includes heavy hors d-oeuvre and a cash bar. Tickets are $40/person and support the Derby Historical Societies Annual Appeal and programs.   Steve Wood, Claremont, New Hampshire, will present a living history presentation as our 16th president. His program includes anecdotes from Lincoln's 1860 visit to New England, stories of his early life, his campaign debates with Stephen Douglas, the Civil War that followed his election to the Presidency, and a reading of the Gettysburg Address. For more information visit: www.derbyhistorical.org

Wednesday, November 30 - 7 p.m. - Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington.   www.newingtonct.gov/content/78/118/136/618/default.aspx

October 2011

Sunday, October 2 – 7 p.m. – Tom Turick presents Burlington’s Civil War Soldiers.  Elton Tavern.  Sponsored by the Burlington Historical Society.
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Tuesday, October 4 – 1 p.m - "Walt Whitman: A Dramatic One Man Performance" by Stephen Collins.  Hosted by the Avon Free Public Library at the Avon Senior Center, 536 West Avon Rd., Avon.  See www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712.

Wednesday, October 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at Geer Village in Canaan. http://www.geercares.org/content/geer-village

Sunday, October 9 – 2 p.m  Connecticut at Antietam, with Antietam National Battlefield Historian Keven Walker.  Twelve men from Washington, CT fought at Antietam.  Learn about what these men faced and endured in one of the Civil War's signature battles.  The Gunn Memorial Musuem, 5 Wykeham Rd., PO Box 1273, Washington, CT - www.gunnlibrary.org  860-868-7756 or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, October 9 – 2 p.m – Frank Wemple displays and discusses his collection of Colt percussion revolvers.  The Mansfield Historical Society Musuem, Rte. 195, Storrs, CT.  The Musuem is across the street from the Alnaveigh Inn and the First Baptist Church.  http://mansfieldct-history.org/

Wednesday, October 12 – 6:30 p.m. – Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Durham Public Library.  http://www.durhamlibrary.org/ 

Thursday, October 13 – 7 p.m  "Up Close and Personal: The Everyday Life of the Union Soldier" -- Avon resident James Genco will discuss a Union soldier's life in the Civil War as seen through the eyes of 18 year old Private Eugene Hawley.  Hawley's letters to his family describe his 3 years of service as a member of the 5th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry and give a personal perspective of major battles, camp life, marches, and life as a prisoner of war.  Hosted by the Avon Free Public Library at the West Avon Congregational Church, 280 Country Club Rd., Avon.  See www.avonctlibrary.info or call 860-673-9712.

Saturday, October 15 -10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Cedar Hill Cemetery Celebrates and Commemorates its Civil War Men and Women.  More than 200 Civil War Soldiers are buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery.  Please joins a variety of organizations in honoring their service.  Opening remarks will reflect on the Hartford region's contribution to the war and the soldiers interred at Cedar Hill, followed by a flag raising and wreath laying, as well as a number of other events.  For additional information, please contact Melissa Craig, Community Outreach Coordinator, 453 Fairfield Ave., Hartford, CT (860) 956-3311 - www.cedarhillfoundation.org

Sunday, October 16 – 1 p.m. - 5 p.m - The Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War at teh Ellsworth Memorial Homestead with a special display of Civil War Era artifacts and memorabilia, and a special guest lecture at 2 p.m. by Jim connery, a licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Park.   - 778 Palisado Ave., Windsor, CT. - www.ctdar.org

Tuesday, October 18 – 12 p.m - The Lost Arts of Dialogue, Debate and Civil Discourse - Join Connecticut's Old State House panelists explore Dissent or Treason: Political Discourse from the Civil War to Today - Panelists include radio personality Brad Davis, Everyday-Democracy Executive Director Martha McCoy and Museum of Connecitcut History's David Corrigan.  Free and open to the public.  Reservations are encouraged.  Call 860-522-6766 or visit http://tinyurl.com/OSH2011Lecture

Wednesday, October 19 – 7 p.m. – Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Blackstone Library in Branford. http://www.blackstone.lioninc.org/ 

Thursday, October 20 – 7. p.m. – Carolyn Ivanoff presents The Ghosts of Gettysburg, a Civil War presentation with paranormal activities just in time for Halloween. www.burlingtonctlibrary.info

Saturday, October 22 - 1 p.m. -  The Life and Times of William Webb: An African American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut - Kevin Johnson, of the Connecticut State Library, presents a compelling first-person living history performance illustrating the struggles of African American soldiers during the Civil War.  The Gunn Memorial Musuem, 5 Wykeham Rd., PO Box 1273, Washington, CT - www.gunnlibrary.org  860-868-7756 or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net 

Sunday, October 23 – 1:30. p.m. - The public is invited to share in the placing of a wreath of flowers at the Civil War monument to honor the service and sacrifices of more than 200 Connecticut Irish soldiers who are buried at St. Bernard's Cemetery in New Haven. located at the intersection of Route 10 (Ella Grasso Boluevard) and Route 1 (Colombus Ave) 1 mile north of exits 44 and 45 on I-95.  Sponsored by the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society (www.ctiahs.com),  the Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers (www.ninthregimentcv.com), the Irish History Round Table (www.irishhistoryroundtable.com). 

Tuesday, October 25 – 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.  -  The Victorian Magic Patriot Lantern Show at the Windsor Historical Society.  For more information, info@winidsorhistoricalsociety.org

Friday, October 28 – 6:30 p.m. – 4th Annual Washington Green Cemetery Tour - Civil War Themed - Tour the Washington Green Cemetery and learn abou the lives of the people buried there, through a first-person, costumed narrative.  This year we will focus on the impact of the Civil War as we honor Washington's Civil War soldiers.  Volunteers needed.  Please call the museum.  The Gunn Memorial Musuem, 5 Wykeham Rd., PO Box 1273, Washington, CT - www.gunnlibrary.org  860-868-7756 or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net 

Sunday, October 30 – 11:30. p.m. - A Jezebel Among Us, with Lynne McKenney Lydick.  The Gunn Museum's exhibit, Letters from the Battlefield, closes with a look at the anti-slavery controversy that reaged in Washington in the years before the war.  171 years ago Quaker pacifist Abby Kelly Foster spoke publicly at teh Congregational Church in Washington.  Learn about her shocking visit during this first-person living history performance.  The presentation will be held at the First Congregational Church - 6 Kirby Rd. on the Washington Green.  It will be followed by a closing reception at the museum.  The Gunn Memorial Musuem, 5 Wykeham Rd., PO Box 1273, Washington, CT - www.gunnlibrary.org  860-868-7756 or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net 

September 2011

Thursday, September 8 – 7 p.m. – Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester. http://www.zvents.com/z/colchester-ct/cragin-memorial-library--venues--712147

Monday, September 12 – 7 p.m. – Professor Richard Slotkin will discuss his acclaimed book No Quarter: The Battle of the Crater 1864 at the Norwich Free Academy (in teh Ensemble Room).  Sponsored by the New London Civil War Roundtable.  For more information, contact pvb27@att.net.

Tuesday, September 13 – 7 p.m. – Lynn Bassett speaks about Civil War Quilts and Textiles at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington.   www.newingtonct.gov/content/78/118/136/618/default.aspx

Thursday, September 14 – 6:30 - Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Southington Library and Museum.  http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=SOUTHTON&curKey1=Adult Program&setRef=new

Saturday, September 17 - 10 a.m. - 125th Anniversary rededication of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park,  downtown Hartford.  Following the ceremony there will be walking tours of Hartford and numerouos organizations hosting events.  For more information: www.ccsu.edu/civilwar

Saturday, September 17-18 - 10 a.m - 5 p.m.; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - Civil War Living History Weekend at Roseland Cottage.  Civilian and military reenactos create a sense of life during the middle of the nineteenth century.  Activities include artillery and engineering demonstrations, military uniform and weaponry displays, camp life presentations, and period games and activities for children.  Roseland Cottage 556 Route 169, Woodstock.  www.historicnewengland.org or call 860-928-4074.

Saturday, September 17-18 - 5:30 p.m. - Power of the Press: The Civil War -- "On to Richmond!" trumpeted Horace Greeley's New York Tribune in 1861, but before this goal could be accomplished, the nation had to endure four years of bloody struggle and suffering.  This lecture follows the events of the Civil War's first year, including the First Battle of Bull Run, as reported in Henry C. Bowen's weekly periodical, The Independent and other papers.  Includes refreshments.  Free to Historic New England members, $8 non-members.  Reservations recommended. Roseland Cottage 556 Route 169, Woodstock.  www.historicnewengland.org or call 860-928-4074.

Sunday, September 18 - 3 p.m. - Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the Litchfield Historical Society. http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org/

Sunday, September 18 - 4 p.m. - "Greatest Hits of the Civil War: America's Earliest Professional Song Writers" - A musical program presented by Norwich music historian and musician Rick Spencer, in conjunction with the exhibit "The Civil War's Cotton Connection.  The event is free, though donations are happily accepted.  CD's will be available.  Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main St., Willimantic, CT.  Contact millmuseum@gmail.com 860-456-2178 ir 860 423-1878 

Wednesday, September 21 - 6 p.m. - Dr. Matthew Warshauer discusses his book, Connecticut in the American Civil War, at the New Haven Museum. http://newhavenmuseum.org/

Saturday, September 24 - Join Bill Hosley for a bus tour of Connecticut Civil War sites, sponsored by the Connecticut Historical Society.  Pre-registration is required. http://www.chs.org/

Saturday, September 24 -  Civil War Day at the General Mansfield House, Middlesex County Historical Society.  A full day of events, including an encampment by the Connecticut 14th Regiment, a mucial performance by the noted musician Tom Callinan (at 11 a.m.), and a presentation "Connecticut Yankess: Likenesses from the Rebellion, by Dean Nelson, administrator of the Museum of Connecticut History (at 1 p.m.).  The Exhibit "Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War" and "Within These Walls: One House, One Family, Two Centuries," will also be available for viewing.  The Mansfield House is located at 151 Main St., Middletown, CT.  For more information - http://www.middlesexhistory.org/  or call 860-346-0746.   

Sunday, September 25 -  1 p.m. - Popular Music of the Civil War with the Virginia Serenaders - Inspried by and 1840s group, tunes soldiers of the North and South learned as part of thier shared experience will be performed on antique and reproduction instruments.  A blend of hsitorical research mixed with lively interpretation.  The Gunn Memorial Musuem, 5 Wykeham Rd., PO Box 1273, Washington, CT - www.gunnlibrary.org  860-868-7756 or email gunnmuseum@sbcglobal.net

Tuesday, September 27 – 7 p.m. – Book discussion – My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira, with Matthew Bartlett.  Burlington Public Library www.burlingtonctlibrary.info

August 2011

Saturday-Sunday, August 13-14- Major reenactment event: "On to Richmond" Three Rivers Park, Woodbury, CT. More information here.

June 2011

June 2011, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas will present an immersion experience entitled “Freedom’s Journey,” which encompasses a series of performances, ideas discussions, and tours that address the topic of the Civil War and the cultural heritage within the state of Connecticut. www.artidea.org

Saturday, June 4, 2-3 pm FROM COLONIAL AMERICA TO THE CIVIL WAR Matthew Bartlett, author of The Gettysburg Chronicle, will explore the historical roots of the Civil War. New Haven Public Library 203-946-8835 www.bartlettjune4.eventbrite.com

Thursday June 9, 2011 at 6:30pm, Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at CCSU and co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, will discuss his new book, Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival. Gunn Memorial Museum, 5 Wykeham Road,Washington, CT 06793. www.gunnlibrary.org

Thursday, June 9 – 7 p.m. – Philip Smith presents 1861-1865: The Air War – The forgotten story of hot air balloons in the Civil War.  Burlington Public Library.  www.burlingtonctlibrary.info 

Saturday, June 11. Connecticut Open House Day and the Middlesex County Historical Society is celebrating it by unveiling its new exhibit, "Within These Walls: One House, One Family, Two Centuries."  The exhibit depicts the story of the Society’s headquarters, the General Joseph Mansfield House, a brick, five bay Federal home that has stood at 151 Main Street since 1817, and the family who lived there. There is also an ongoing exhibit, "Hard & Stirring Times, Middletown and the Civil War." For further information call 860-346-0746.

Monday, June 13,  7:00 pm. Michael Burlingame, author and Lincoln scholar, will speak on Lincoln's first months in office. NFA Ensemble Room, Sydney Frank Building. Free. Open to Public. Contact: Vic Butsch; P.butsch@sbcglobal.net; 860 887 0271.

May 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 10:00am-4:00pm, Stephen Bartkus, Gunn Memorial Museum,exhibit, Letters from the Battlefield: Stories of Washington's Civil War Soldiers.www.gunnlibrary.org

Sunday May 1, 2 p.m. - Connecticut in the American Civil War – A lecture and book signing by Dr. Matthew Warshauer – Written Words Bookstore, 194 Leavenworth Rd., Shelton - www.writtenwordsbookstore.com

Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m. – Connecticut in the American Civil War – A lecture and book signing by Dr. Matthew Warshauer – First Company Governor’s Horse Guard 280 Arch Rd., Avon, CT – www.avonctlibrary.info

Thursday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Battle in the Wilderness, Homer Winslow’s iconic painting, with Dr. Richard L. Judd (President Emeritus, CCSU) and David Davison (President, American Savings Foundation)

Saturday, May 7, 2011;  2:00 – 4:00 PM;(repeated on Tuesday, May 10, 2011; 2:00 – 4:00 PM),“Words from the Front” – Looking at Civil War Collections. Connecticut Historical Society.

Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. - Connecticut in the American Civil War – A lecture and book signing by Dr. Matthew Warshauer – Lewis S. Mills School Auditorium, Burlington.

Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m. – Connecticut in the American Civil War – A lecture and book signing by Dr. Matthew Warshauer – Old Saybrook Historical Society, Acton Library, Old Saybrook. http://www.oldsaybrookct.org/pages/oldsaybrookct_library/index

Friday, May 13, 2011; 6:00 PM. Woodford Descendents to Mark Their Civil War Ancestor’s Graves; GAR Medallion and Flag Placement. West Avon Cemetery, 280 Country Club Road.  The public is invited to attend. Event will be held rain or shine. Information here.

Saturday, May 14 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Litchfield Awake!  - Civil War Encampment on the Town Green in Litchfield, CT.  Sponsored by the 2nd Heavy Artillery and the Litchfield Historical Society.   http://www.the2dconn.com/CampDutton2011.htm

Sunday, May 15; 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. “Monumental Achievement: The Civil War and the Making of American Memory” - presentation by William Hosley, noted Connecticut historian - 2 p.m. Exhibit of a variety of Civil War-era toys and military memorabilia, including some collector’s items for opening day only. Ellsworth Memorial Homestead, 778 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, Connecticut. More information here and here.

Wednesday, May 18. 7:00 pm.  The Power of the Press: Secession, the Lincoln Inauguration, Fort Sumter. Roseland Cottage Carriage Barn, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn. 860-928-4074; Information here

Saturdays at 1 p.m.– Civil War Movie Series at the Burlington Public Library - May 14: The General (1926) – September 17: Glory (1993) – October 15: Red Badge of Courage (1951) – November 19: Gettysburg (1993) www.burlingtonctlibrary.info

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. – Family Read-Together Series at the Burlington Public Library – May 17: Civil War on Sundays by Mary Pope Osborne – September 20: Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit – November 8: Iron Thunder by Avi.  Books are available at the library. www.burlingtonctlibrary.info

Thursday May 19, 2011, 12pm-1pm. Zachary Bodnar, the 2010-11 Gunn Scholar,  lecture Gunn's Soldiers: Tales of Civil War Soldiers from The Gunnery. Gunn Memorial Museum, 5 Wykeham Road,Washington, CT 06793. www.gunnlibrary.org.

Saturday, May 21 10:30-11:30 AM  CONNECTICUT AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE CIVIL WAR, Housatonic Community College Assistant Professor David Koch, New Haven Public Library 203-946-8130 x203, : www.cityofnewhaven.com/library.

 Saturday, May 28, 2011, 1 p.m. – Dedication of New Civil War Monument. West Cemetery, Memorial Boulevard, Bristol, Connecticut 06010. Contact: Robert T. Barnett, 105 Jerome Avenue, Bristol, Ct. 06010 robert105@netzero.com

Tuesday May 31 at 7:00pm. From Washington to Lee: Colonial and Domestic connections to the Civil War: a presentation by local author Matthew Bartlett. Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St. Rocky Hill, Ct.  06067 Contact: Carole Fisher 860 258-7621 www.rockyhilllibrary.info

April 2011

April-May, 2011. "That the generations to come might know them, 1861-65." An exhibit commemorating 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and Connecticut's participation. CCSU, Elihu Burritt library, 2nd floor, during library hours.  For full schedule: http://library.ccsu.edu/calendar/month.php. Additional information: Special Collections at 860 832-2085

Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. - Connecticut in the American Civil War – A lecture and book signing by Dr. Matthew Warshauer – The Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown - www.russelllibrary.org

Thursday, April 28, 7 PM. Dave Smith: Civil War railroads: how the North mastered the wartime use of the technology to attack deep into the South and why the war ended in a skirmish at a railroad siding in central Virginia.   Burlington Public Library, 34 Library Lane, Burlington CT. www.BurlingtonCTlibrary.info     

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 5:30-7:30pm; exhibit runs to September 18, 2011. Waterbury in the Civil War: Letters from the Front.  Mattatuck Museum. www.mattatuckmuseum.org

March 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2:30 p.m.– Connecticut Goes to War: The Fort  Sumter Crisis & the Call to Arms – Dr. Walter Powell of Mount Saint Mary’s University will explore the political reaction to the Fort Sumter Crisis and the role of CT Gov. William Buckingham & Sec. of the Navy Gideon Welles.  See www.gunnlibrary.org for more info.  

Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Norwich Memorabilia Show – 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, presented by TheGuns of Norwich Historical Society, Inc.  Contact  djn14@yahoo.com for more info. 
 
Sunday, March 13, 1 p.m. – “Gratitude  Etched in Stone: Connecticut's Civil War Monuments,” an illustrated lecture by  Mary M. Donohue, Architectural Historian, Commission on Culture & Tourism,  presented by the Manchester Historical Society at the History Center, 175 Pine Street,  Manchester. 

Sunday, March 13 – The Connecticut 14th Regiment Volunteer Infantry will march in New Haven’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. http://members.tripod.com/bliss_barn/  

Monday, March 14, 7 p.m. – “President Lincoln” – A talk by noted Lincoln Scholar Michael Burlingame, presented by the New London Civil War Round Table at Norwich Free Academy’s Sydney Frank Center. 

Wednesday, March 16, 12 p.m. – “In This House” – Sometimes the truth isn’t so black and white… - Through evocative dance & song the Judy Dworin Performance Project will tell the story of two men.  A collaboration between the  Judy Dworin Performance Project and Connecticut Landmarks, at Connecticut’s Old State House 

Thursday, March 17, 12 to 1 p.m. – “The Horrors of the Civil War Battlefield” – Carolyn Ivanoff tells tales  of heroes and life-saving medical practices under horrific conditions.  Presented by the Connecticut State Library, Hartford.

Friday, March 18, 10 a.m. – Connecticut in the American Civil War: A Book Discussion with Dr. Matthew Warshauer – Phil Mikan’s The Corner – WMRQ Radio, Middletown, am 1150 – www.philmikan.com 
 
Sunday, March 20, 4 p.m. – Connecticut’s Role in the Civil War by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, part of the Frederick Lee Lecture Series and presented by the Madison Historical Society www.madisoncthistorical.org

March-April – Avon to Appomattox: Lives and Legacy of the Civil War Library presented by the Avon Public Library, Avon Historical Society, Avon Senior Center, and VFW.  Exhibit in Avon Public Library.
 
March 13-May 31 – “Darien’s Boys in Blue: The Civil War and Fitch’s Home for Soldiers” – Darien Historical Society  http://historical.darien.org/ 

Wednesday, March 30, 3:15 p.m. – Picturing the Civil War: Kellogg Lithographs and Civil War Envelope Covers,” an art display in the Chen Art Gallery, Central Connecticut State University.  Lecture given by Dr. Nancy Finlay, Curator of Graphics,  Connecticut Historical Society.  Reception will follow.

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