Making Sense of the Civil War: Opening Session

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Registration is Closed

Governor Henry Lippitt House
199 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

Wed, 2012-10-10 18:30 - 20:30

This event is completely booked!

Join us at the Opening Reception for the free, five-part reading and discussion series this October called “Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War,” a collaboration of the Providence Public Library (PPL), East Providence Public Library (Weaver) and William Hall Public Library, Cranston. The series has been developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities with local support provided by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

The Opening Session and lecture will be held at the Governor Henry Lippitt House, a National Historic Landmark completed in 1865. The keynote speaker and Civil War scholar, Dr. Michael Vorenberg of Brown University will present an overview of the discussion series and present a snapshot of Rhode Island during the time of the Civil War.  A reception will follow.

Three discussions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays through October will be led by scholars from local academic institutions at each of the partner libraries:

William Hall Library, 1325 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905: Thursdays, October 11, 18 and 25 at 7 pm

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903: Sundays, October 14, 21, and 28 at 2 pm

Weaver Library, 41 Grove Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914: Tuesdays, October 16, 23 and 30 at 7 pm

The following works will be discussed during the sessions:

• “March” by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006)

• “Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam” by James McPherson (Oxford University Press, 2002) • “America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries,” an anthology edited by national project scholar Edward L. Ayers.2012.

A closing panel discussion with the program scholars will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the William Hall Library in Cranston.

This program is free and open to all; however, those who register for the entire five-program series will receive free copies of the books to be used for discussions. Registration is limited and requested by September 15 to ensure materials. If necessary, participants may attend programs at each of the sponsoring libraries.

For more details, to register and to obtain copies of program materials, please contact the program coordinators at the individual library:

• East Providence - Joyce May at 434-2453 or

• William Hall – John Bucci at 781-2450 or

• Providence – Louise Moulton at 455-8134 or