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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Civil War Programs at New Haven Public Library

The New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St.,  will marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War with two programs in May and June.


On Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m., Dave Koch will present "Connecticut African Americans in the Civil War." 

An Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College, Koch has offered discussions across the country and in Europe about our national historical sites.  How black soldiers from Connecticut fought in this War is a compelling story, highlighting much of the best and worst of our country's history. The Union side supported abolition of slavery, but not equality for African-Americans. In Connecticut, black free men were fighting for less pay (and much less pay-off) than their white counterparts—and despite the likelihood of savage reprisal if caught by Confederate soldiers.  


On Saturday, June 4, 2-3 pm, Matthew Bartlett will present "From Colonial America to the Civil War," an exploration of the historical roots of the War.  A Meriden resident, Bartlett is author of a multi-volume series on the Civil War, The Gettysburg Chronicle (

Both programs are presented free of charge as part of the Connecticut Sesquicentennial Civil War initiative.  Free parking is available.  For more information call the library at 203-946-8835.


Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed.


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