Monroe County Civil War Round Table 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 and a group discussion follows. 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.
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Fall 2018 Monroe County Civil War Round Table Schedule
Lincoln’s Kalamazoo Visit
Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 7 pm
On August 27, 1856, Abraham Lincoln made what would be the only trip in his lifetime to the state of Michigan. The Journey was Lincoln’s only trip outside of Illinois that year. That same August, Lincoln busy with his law practice, declined invitations to make similar visits to Indiana and Iowa, saying he could not “spare the time.” Why then, did he come to Michigan? After many years of studying Lincoln’s visit Mr. Tom George finally has the answer.
The 25th Anniversary of the Film Gettysburg
With Actor and Gettysburg Feature – Film Historical Advisor Patrick Falci
Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 7 pm
The film Gettysburg and its award-winning source material, Michael Shaara’s historical novel The Killer Angels, along with Ken Burns’ nine-part PBS documentary, are credited with returning the story of the American Civil War to the minds and hearts of a new generation. Originally conceived as a television mini-series, Gettysburg was released in theaters across the country in 1993. Filmed, in part, on the grounds of the actual Gettysburg National Military Park – and with assistance from thousands of Civil War re-enactors, Gettysburg has become an indispensable part of telling the story of our National tragedy. Patrick Falci will give a behind the scenes look at the making of this movie. He will share stories about the film’s creators, re-enactors, the technical aspects of shooting on hallowed ground, and of course there will be lots of stories about the many celebrities who appeared in the film – including Ted Turner, Ken Burns, and of course Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen and Tom Berenger.
Black Feathers in Black Hats
Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 7 pm
Author and historian, Gary Rembicz, brings tales of the Iron Brigade to life. Locally recruited, the 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry would go on to fight and die in some of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles. Rembicz’s book, Black Feathers in Black Hats keeps alive the memories of local men who fought and died together. He will have copies of his book available for sale this evening.
Civil War Show and Tell and Book Raffle
Thursday, December 13, 2018 – 7 pm
Join our Civil War Round Table members for a Civil War Show and Tell. The night will conclude with our annual book raffle. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Charmaine Wawrzyniec, 734-241-5277 or Charmaine.firstname.lastname@example.org