Monday, September 10, 2012

Lecture about the Grand Army of the Republic launches State Museum's Civil War reading series

From a Wyoming State Museum press release:

Shannon McKinzinie will kick off the Wyoming State Museum’s reading series, “Making Sense of the American Civil War,” with a look at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), September 26 at 7 p.m. The lecture and reading series are free to the public.

A fraternal organization founded in 1866, the GAR provided support and a sense of community for Union veterans of the American Civil War. The history of the organization, its contributions to American veterans, and its contributions to American politics will be discussed. Local monuments dedicated to the GAR (located in both Cheyenne and Laramie) also will be examined.

“This is a great opportunity to explore a part of American social history that many people today are unaware of, “ Chris Hanson, curator of education said, “I encourage anyone interested in American history to attend this lecture.”

McKinzinie is an instructor at Laramie County Community College, Albany County Campus.

She will serve as facilitator for the upcoming Wyoming Humanities Council sponsored “Making Sense of the American Civil War” reading series that is being hosted at the Wyoming State Museum. The reading series will begin September 26, 2012 at the Museum and continue through January.  The reading series is presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The Wyoming State Museum is located at 2301 Central Avenue in Cheyenne. The general public is invited. For more information about the lecture or the upcoming reading series, call Chris Hanson at 777-6670.

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