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Monroe County Civil War Round Table 2014 Lecture Series

The Monroe County Civil War Round Table is a group of Civil War enthusiasts who meet to discuss all aspects of the United States Civil War.  Each month a different expert is invited to make a presentation with a group discussion to follow.  The Round Table is sponsored by the Ellis Friends of the Monroe County Library System.

The Round Table meets the second Thursday of the month from September through May, at 7 pm, at the Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan, 48161.

All lectures are free and open to the public.  The programs will take place at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.

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2014 Schedule of Events

The History of Potter Cemetery, Monroe, Michigan

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 7 pm

In 1860, the Potter and Flint families, from Ash Township, deeded one acre of land to the Swan Creek Cemetery Company for use as a public burial ground.  The cemetery was cared for until the early 1940s but was neglected after that.  In 1999, descendants of the families buried in Potter Cemetery spearheaded an effort to clean and restore the cemetery.  Today, the Friends of Potter cemetery continue the restoration work.  Please join us as Sue Donovan gives us the history of Potter Cemetery.

The History and Rebirth of the Detroit G.A.R. Building
Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 7 pm 

The cornerstone of this castle like building in Detroit reads: “Memorial to the Soldiers and Sailors of 1861 to 1865”.  Opened in 1900, it served as a meeting place for Detroit’s Grand Army of the Republic members.  The last veteran in Detroit died two weeks after visiting the building in 1942.  At that time, the city of Detroit was using it for its Park and Recreation Department.  Finally in 1982, the building was closed and boarded up.  In 2011, brothers David and Tom Carleton with partner Sean Emery purchased the building and have begun the journey to return the building to its original grandeur.  Please join us when David Carleton shares his reflections and images of the rebirth of the Detroit G.A.R. Building. 

An Evening with the Generals
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 7 pm

Please join us this evening as Generals Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Ted Chamberlain) and Ulysses S. Grant (Scott Whitney) make a stop in Monroe.  The Generals, accompanied by their wives, will share their experiences of the war.

Civil War Show and Tell
Thursday, December 11, 2014 – 7 pm

Join our Civil War Round Table members for our annual Civil War Show and Tell.  The night will conclude with our annual book raffle. 


Civil War 150

Quilts of the Civil War
Thursday, September 4, 2014 – 7 pm

We will close our Civil War 150 Series with a look at the unique textile history of Civil War Quilts.  This program is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.


For more information about these programs please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec at 734-241-5277.

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