Marszalek talk to highlight 'Civil War 150' series at Columbus library

May 11, 2013 1:30:06 PM



The next event in the "Civil War 150" series at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will be Dr. John Marszalek from Mississippi State University speaking on "The Old Army and the Coming of the Civil War" on Tuesday, May 14 at 2 p.m. 


Dr. Marszalek will discuss what the United States Army was like in the years before the Civil War, especially the 1850s, and will compare its development with that of American society in general during those years.  


The "Civil War 150" series includes numerous speakers and exhibits highlighting various aspects of the American Civil War throughout the month of May in honor of the 150th anniversary of that momentous event. 


The series kicked off on May 1 with a presentation by six students from the American Social History class at Mississippi University for Women. They shared what mysteries they uncovered while researching local Civil War history in both the Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus Public Library as well as the MUW archives this spring semester. One student, Emily Wicker, received a $50 check from the National Endowment for the Humanities as recognition for her exemplary research, writing, and presentation on Civil War hospitals in Columbus.  


Other events in the "Civil War 150" series include: 


  • Thursday, May 23, 2 p.m. - Showing of the documentary "The Underground Railroad"; 


  • Thursday, May 30, 2 p.m. - "Patriarchy in the World Where There is no Parting: Confederates and Their Views on the Afterlife," presented by Ted M. Ownby, director at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. 




    Of Lincoln and Grant 


    The library is also hosting traveling exhibit "Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant Saving and Changing the United States: The Impact on Mississippi" which explores Lincoln and Grant's effect on the Magnolia State and the changes in Mississippi following the War. The exhibit was created by the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University and made possible through a grant from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. It will be at the library until June 28.  


    Other exhibits include Civil War family memorabilia from the collection of local historian and author Rufus Ward as well as items from the Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus Public Library. 


    A list of events and further resources can be found at  


    The grant is part of "Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It," a major three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


    Components of the grant include a $500 stipend to host public programs on themes relating to the Civil War and a collection of Civil War 150 readers in digital form, for reading and discussion groups. 


    Partners include the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Library of America, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Mississippi Humanities Council.  


    For more information, contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304 or by email at [email protected]