09 29, 2021

Ghosts of the Civil War: Shades of Blue and Gray

By |2021-09-29T06:00:08-04:00September 29, 2021|

We’ll be visited by Civil War specters during a special performance on Oct. 12 at our Main Branch.

History buffs, literature lovers, and anyone who enjoys a good ghost story will love the Ghosts of the Civil War program that we’re hosting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at our Main Branch.

Sara Showman (representing the South) and Mark Dawidziak (representing the North) will tell ghost stories from South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio – including a few involving President Abraham Lincoln. Sara and Mark will also share appropriate literary selections from Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Ohio native Ambrose Bierce.

Space is limited, so registration is required. RSVP online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247 to register.

If you’re interested in Civil War history, we host a monthly series on the Civil War with our friends and neighbors, the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. The series continues at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Rangers Allison Powell and Rebecca Hayward will share tips for researching your family members who served in the Civil War. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, several talks in the series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

09 11, 2021

Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War: The Extraordinary Life of General Jack Casement

By |2021-09-11T12:00:19-04:00September 11, 2021|

For many, being a Civil War general would be the pinnacle of their life. But for Painesville’s John Stephen Casement, it was a prologue.

General Jack found more wealth and fame as a railroad man. He even smote the Golden Spike that connected the transcontinental railroad.

Learn more from David Lintern, a volunteer at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. When you watch his talk, you’ll also discover Lintern’s personal connection to General Casement.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Rangers Allison Powell and Rebecca Hayward will share tips for researching your family members who served in the Civil War. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

(By the way, if you’re interested in genealogy, our Lake Branch hosts a genealogy club that meets next on Nov. 3.)

Finally, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

08 15, 2021

How Did the Armies Communicate during the US Civil War?

By |2021-08-15T13:00:12-04:00August 15, 2021|

The US Civil War occurred during a technological revolution. The armies relied on tried-and-true means for communication (flag movements, bugle calls, and the spoken word), as well as revolutionary new technology (hot-air balloons and telegraphs.)

Ranger Amanda Cox from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site explains how the armies gathered and shared intelligence while on the field.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Ranger David Lintern will discuss a Union General with Lake County ties. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

07 16, 2021

The History of the US Navy from the Civil War through the 1880s

By |2021-07-16T12:00:48-04:00July 16, 2021|

For this month’s Civil War talk, Ranger Alan Gephardt from James A. Garfield National Historic Site traced the history of the US Navy from its wooden and ironclad ships during the Civil War to the origin of the “Steel Navy.”

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 11. The rangers will discuss field communications during the war. We will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

06 14, 2021

Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War: Ex Parte Milligan

By |2021-06-14T19:00:30-04:00June 14, 2021|

Most of the action from this month’s Civil War talk happens in the courtroom and not on the battlefield!

When a military tribunal sentenced Lambdin P. Milligan of Indiana to hang for allegedly aiding the rebellious states, his lawyers—including James A. Garfield—stood before the Supreme Court to preserve not only his life but also Reconstruction.

Our speaker is Ranger Chris Dobeck from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

Our Civil War series continues next month at noon on Wednesday, July 14. The rangers will discuss the history of the US Navy from wooden ships to the “Steel Navy.” For the first time in more than a year, we will be meeting in person at our Main Branch! We look forward to seeing you here. Registration is required, and you can sign up on our website.

Finally, if you’re interested in Civil War history, several talks in our series can be viewed online in their entirety, including:

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