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Learn About Civil War Turning Points and How to Write About Military Experiences at Upcoming Library Programs

The Battle of Gettysburg, 150 years old this month, was the Confederate defeat that ended Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North. But there were other turning points of the Civil War during 1863. A series beginning Wednesday at the Library Center will shed light on them.

The 12-day series, “Turning Points – The American Civil War in 1863,” features Civil War historians and a live concert by the duo Granville Automatic. (Tours of Springfield and Wilson’s Creek battle sites are full.) All programs are free and open to the public.

The presentations are sponsored by the Library and partners including Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and its Foundation, Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks, Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library. See a complete schedule at thelibrary.org or in Bookends.

The Wednesday, July 10, 7 p.m. topic is Albert C. Ellithorpe, Union Colonel, 1st Indian Home Guards.” Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m. is Civil War in Indian Territory; Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. is Ulysses S. Grant, Vicksburg and Freedom. The 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, talk is the Baxter Springs Massacre; 7 p.m. is Vicksburg: Crucial to the Outcome. For details call 882-0714.
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Space is still available in the creative writing workshops every Thursday, July 11- Aug. 15, at the Library Center for all veterans, family members and writers interested in preserving the military experience. Advance registration is required; call 882-0714.

Each session runs 6:30-8 p.m. The project is co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council.

Whatever your story or viewpoint from your military service, the workshop will help you find a way to express it. Each session features a different topic led by a professional writer, often a Missouri veteran. Topics cover how to start writing about your military experience, interviewing veterans, researching your family, and more.

William Garvin, Drury University archivist of the F. W. Olin Library, will facilitate the sessions. Thursday’s session will Skype in Deborah Marshall, director of Warriors Arts Alliance, Missouri Humanities Council Veterans’ Programming Coordinator, St. Louis. Her topic is “Writing Your Military Experience: How to Start.”

Guest instructors include a decorated Iraqi Freedom veteran and war poetry winner; a Vietnam veteran, a Missouri Poet Laureate, a Sedalia Democrat reporter and a World War II novel author. More information is available at warriorsartsalliance.com.
 


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