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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Senior Outreach (734) 241-5770
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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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.  

Civil War Roundtable Newsletter Monroe and the Civil War Blog

Monroe County Civil War Round Table

2019 - 2020

 

From Secession to War: The Confederate Flags of 1861

September 11, 2019 (For this month only we will be meeting on Wednesday)

7 pm

From the fall of 1860 through November 1861, the Southern states created a number of banners to reflect their feelings and thoughts on the issues of the day.  Often using old Revolutionary War symbols, the flags made in this period were some of the most diverse that would be created during the war era.  State flags came into use as well as distinctive company level colors as those units were raised.  New regiments carried a variety of flags that became more standardized when the Confederate States of America created its first national flag.  That banner often caused some identity confusion on the battlefield and so the desire to create a “war flag” led to the adoption of the first specific battle flag for a Confederate army. Please join us as flag historian and author Greg Biggs teaches us the history of early Confederate flags.

 

An Aide to Custer: Lt. Edward G. Granger

September 3, 2019

7pm

At the young age of nineteen, Lt. Edward Granger would become an aid to newly appointed General, George Armstrong Custer.  He would spend the short duration of his life having a firsthand view of the workings of the Cavalry under Custer’s leadership.  Custer scholar, Sandy Barnard has edited the personal letters Granger left behind.  Barnard will share the insights garnered from Granger’s letters. 

 

U.S. Grant and His American Indian Policy

November 14, 2019

7 pm

Mary Stockwell, author of the book Interrupted Odyssey, joins us to discuss the genesis, failure, and lasting legacy of Ulysses S. Grant’s comprehensive American Indian policy. Stockwell leads the discussion into new scholarship that rejects Grant’s work as a failure and offers new insight into the policies that have had lasting effects on Native Americans.

 

Round Table Show and Tell

December 12, 2019

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.wawrzyniec@monroe.lib.mi.us .

 

Music in Camp

The History of Civil War Music and Instruments

January 9, 2020

7 pm

Staff arranger for the Dodworth Saxhorn Band, Bernhard Kirchner, will share his

knowledge about Civil War music and the instruments used by soldiers.  Kirchner will bring several instruments from the time period for demonstration.

 

 

Lincoln and His Wartime Leadership

February 13, 2020

7pm

 

When President Abraham Lincoln took office as President of the United States in March of 1861, seven states had seceded from the Union and declared themselves independent.  Being a lawyer, Lincoln was already established in the legal issues that surrounded the secession from the Union. When Fort Sumter was fired upon in April, he would be thrust into the role of Commander in Chief.  His Presidency would run the full gauntlet of the war from beginning to end.  Dr. Dwayne Beggs, Professor of History from Lourdes College, will discuss with our group Lincoln’s leadership as Commander in Chief, the struggles, success and failures.

 

 

 

Jefferson Davis

March 12, 2020

7 pm

Join us as President of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis, visits our round table to tell about his life before, during and after the Civil War.  Jefferson is portrayed by Van Wert, Ohio resident David Walker, who has portrayed Jefferson Davis for over a decade.  Walker is the official Jefferson Davis for many Civil War reenactment events.

 

Tom should have been the General!

Tom Custer and the 21st Ohio

April 9, 2020

7 pm

The other Custer brother, Tom, who George would declare should have been the General instead of himself, forged a brave and courageous history for himself during the Civil War.  Too young to enlist, it was only after his father relented that he went off to war with the 21st Ohio.  Organized in Findlay Ohio, the 21st was mustered into service on September 19, 1861.  Tom and his comrades from Tontoganey, Ohio, would see action in the Western Theater before Tom would join his brother in Cavalry for the remaining of the Civil War.  Author and historian, Dan Masters, has spent several years researching Ohio soldiers.  Please join us as we go on the march with the 21st Ohio.

 

Michigan’s Civil War Citizen-General: Alpheus Williams

May 14, 2020

7 pm

Detroit native, General Alpheus Williams is one of the most unsung heroes of the Civil War.  He contributed to several successes including the Battle of Gettysburg, the March to the Sea and the Carolinas Campaign.  Not one to sing his praises and not a West Point graduate, his success went without public recognition.  Award winning author, Jack Dempsey, returns to our Round Table with his new book Michigan’s Civil War Citizen-General: Alpheus Williams to finally give praise were it is due.