65 Briarwood Circle Worcester, MA 01606

Civil War Reading and Discussion Series

Enjoy history?  Perhaps you like learning about wars that helped shape our nation?  Then check out Worcester Historical Museum on four Saturdays in May and June.



A fantastic reading and discussion series called Making Sense of the American Civil War will be featured.  The event is hosted by Worcester Historical Museum, provided in partnership with Worcester Public Library, and John Anderson, Associate Professor of History Emeritus of the College of the Holy Cross, will head the talks.


Is there more to know?

Yes, the informative, four-part historical series is free and will examine the multifaceted nature of the Civil War.  Additionally, discussions will touch upon Worcester’s historical and individual connections to the period.  Mainly, explorations will focus on three esteemed Civil War publications.

1)    “March” by Geraldine Brooks

2)    “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson

3)    “America’s War,” an anthology edited by Edward L. Ayers


The respective dates, times, and topics to be covered are as follows:

  • Saturday, May 18.  Imaging the Civil War, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, June 1.  Making Sense of Shiloh, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, June 15.  The Shape of War, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, June 29.  War and Freedom, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.


Okay, if you think this sounds like an engaging way to spend a couple of hours on a leisurely Saturday, then sign up.  Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 50.  For additional information, call Worcester Historical Museum at 508-753-8278.  If you’re all set to register, go to http://www.worcesterhistory.org/civil-war-discussion/ and fill out the form.


And a little about Worcester Historical Museum (a.k.a., WHM)?

Impressively, WHM is the only institution in the area devoted to local history.  In fact, the museum boasts a research library, archive section with scores of documents, and remarkable artifacts collection.  Moreover, the captivating gems in WHM span from colonial times to 20th century and include writings from abolitionist Abbey Kelley Foster, as well as Civil War dairies and letters.


Where is WHM?

It’s located at 30 Elm Street in culturally, artistically, academically, and historically rich Worcester.


A final thought?  If you go, be sure to bring a notebook!

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