Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War – A Reading & Discussion Series

Harford Community College Library and the Hays-Heighe House will host a free, five-part reading and discussion series called, “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War, beginning March 1, 2012.  The book discussions will be held on Thursdays throughout the spring semester: March 1, March 15, March 29, April 19 and May 3.  Each discussion will take place twice—first at 12:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.  The discussions will be held at the Hays-Heighe House.

The discussion series is based on three books: March by Geraldine Books, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, by James McPherson, and America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries, edited by Edward L. Ayers.  James Karmel, Ph.D., associate professor of history at Harford Community College, will lead the discussion at each session.  The discussion series is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Participation in the book discussion series is free, but advance registration is required to receive copies of the books and other materials.  To register, contact Ann Persson at apersson@harford.edu or at 443-412-2495.  Book discussion flyer is attached.

Three related programs are also planned; all are free and open to the general public.  See the summary below and the attached flyers:

  • March 6 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at HCC Student Center, room 243.  Presentation by Colleen Webster, “In a Stranger Place: Louisa May Alcott and other Concordians Respond to the Civil War.”
  • March 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Harford County Public Library Bel Air Branch: Presentation by Dr. Thomas Clemens, “Marching Through Maryland: Lee’s Campaign of 1862” (sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council).
  • April 26 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.  (in the HCC Student Center, room 243) and from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (in HCC’s Edgewood Hall, room 132).  Presentation on “Harford County and the Fugitive Slave” by Jim Chrismer, with commentary by Christine Tolbert and Dr. T. Stephen Whitman.


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6 Responses to Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War – A Reading & Discussion Series

  1. Nate says:

    These updates about local events are great. Helps me keep up with stuff I might want to attend.

  2. Jack Hartman says:

    The audience should learn that the Emancipation Proclamation did not apply to the slaves on Delmarva Peninsula. If you would like to see my article on this, give me a mailing or e-mail address. It was on page 4 of The Courier on Oct. 12,2011.
    The Courier is on line at delmarvacourier.com but I have not tried to find my article yet because I just now thought about it.

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks for the info Jack. I’ll surf over and town a look at it.

  4. Phil says:

    Any other Civil War programs going on around here.

    • Jack Hartman says:

      You can check the Sons of Union Veterans Civil War (SUVCW) and the Sons of Conferate Veterans. Also, there are active reinactors on Delmarva.

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