Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. The project, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. The War Between the States is the most transformative period in U.S. history. Drawing upon letters, personal accounts, and images, Civil War 150 invites Americans to understand how soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families struggled to address the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime.
On display February 25 through March 18
Main Library Second Floor Gallery
Civil War 150 Opening Reception with Women in History
Women played a crucial role in the Civil War, taking over farms and businesses, serving as nurses for the wounded and even becoming spies for both sides. Elizabeth Van Lew, a prominent member of Richmond, VA society and Mary Elizabeth Bowser , a freed slave working in the Confederate White House, passed Confederate secrets to the Union. Ruth Pangrace and Vernice Jackson star in this dramatic presentation.
Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Grand Reading Room
Meet the Author of Behind Bayonets: The Civil War in Northern Ohio
The eminent historian David Van Tassel passed away before he could complete his definitive work detailing Cleveland’s vital impact on the Civil War. John Vacha picked up where he left off, assembling an absorbing volume of firsthand accounts from the homefront. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Monday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
The novels and letters of Union Colonel Robert Gould Shaw tell the epic story of the all African-American
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, blazing onto the screen to fight prejudice on both sides.
Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium
Clevelanders in the Civil War - New Location!
Historian Marjorie Wilson traces Cleveland history as it unfolded through the Civil War with stories of local war heroes and other folks.
Monday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room
Music of the Civil War with Bob Ford - New Location!
He sings it like he was there! Sit back for stories and songs from the Civil War.
Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room
The Secession and Union: a Discussion - New Location!
Join a discussion of the issues that led to the Civil War and receive a free copy of Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin just for attending. Participants can pick up reading packet in the Main Library’s Technology Center. Space is limited. To register, call 216-226-8275, ext. 127.
Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room