Library remembers American Civil War

150 years ago the United States was locked in a four-year war that would determine the shape and fate of the nation.

Family fought family, sometimes brother against brother, in an epic struggle as Johnny Reb battled Billy Yank during America’s Civil War.

Ocean County Library’s  Barnegat branch, 112 Burr St., is remembering the sacrifices made by millions of Americans during that period with two series of programs, “The Civil War Sesquicentennial Film Series” and “Let’s Talk About it: Making Sense of the American Civil War.”

The film series will feature three feature movies and will be shown at 1 p.m. Mondays in January:

1/16: “Glory” (rated R)

1/23: “Gettysburg” (rated PG)

1/30: “The Conspirator” (rated PG-13.)

“Let’s Talk About It” is a five-part reading and discussion series that will examine events that led to the start of the war, dissect the period and the attempt to understand its aftermath.

The sessions will be led by Patricia H. Burke, Curator of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

The first session, “Imagining War,” will use Geraldine Brooks’ novel “March” to understand the pre-war era.  It will be held Tue. Jan 24 at 7 p.m. Copies of the novel and other books used in the series will be available for pickup at the Barnegat branch.

Other sessions include:

2/14: “Choosing Sides”

3/6: “Making Sense of Shiloh”

3/27: “The Shape of War”

4/17: “War and Freedom.”

“Let’s Talk About It” was developed by The American Library Association Public Programs Office.  Ocean County Library is one of 50 libraries in the nation selected to host the series.

“Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War” is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Library Association as part of its “We the People” initiative, which promotes scholarship, teaching, and learning about American history and culture.

All these program are free and open to the public.  Registration is required for the “Let’s Talk About It” series.  For more information or to register telephone the operator (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514 or visit the library’s Web site .

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