Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War

A town-wide series of programs and events to commemorate the 150th anniversary
of the Civil War

January through December 2013, Ridgefield, CT

 

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Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War: A community-wide series of events in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

January through December 2013, Ridgefield, CT

The Civil War was one of the most transformative periods in our national history, and people across the country are observing its sesquicentennial with an outpouring of books, films and other educational and cultural activities. Seeking to tie these large historical events to local history, the organizers of Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War have put together numerous commemorative programs for all ages. The highlight of the effort will be a Soldiers Fair in Ballard Park on Saturday afternoon, June 8, to feature re-enactors, period music and games and numerous other activities. Several more programs and events will take place through to the end of 2013. 

The Soldiers Fair was a huge success with 1,050 people of all ages enjoying a beautiful day in Ballard Park.  Click here to see photographs of the day on Flickr.


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Programs and Events

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drumSoldiers Fair - Saturday, June 8, 1 – 4:30 PM @ Ballard Park. Featuring period music, singing, re-enactors, hands-on activities and games for children, a display of Civil War artifacts, local actors portraying men and women from the Civil War era and much, much more!

Free events open to all! Don't miss this special day featuring:

Proclamation by the First Selectman honoring all of the Ridgefield veterans of the Civil War including the heroics of Eddie Pickett
Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra - Wind Ensemble
Serendipity Chorale - Negro Spirituals
Songs of the North & South Ridgefield Chorale
Senior Melodiers of Founders Hall
Visit Civil War Re-enactors in their Campsite
Listen to Actors Portraying Men and Women of the Civil War Era
Hands-on Activities and Games for Children
Meet Abe Lincoln
Visiting Nurse Association Booth
Meet Clara Barton
Recitation of the Gettysburg Address
Civil War Artifacts Displayed
Write Letters to Active Soldiers
Learn About Opportunities to Support Veterans
Information on Preserving Civil War Battle Sites
and much, much more!

The Soldiers Fair is organized by Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Graveyard Restoration Committee, Ridgefield Historical Society, First Congregational Church of Ridgefield and the Town of Ridgefield

This program is free thanks to generous donations by The Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund, Fairfield County Bank, The Ridgefield Graveyard Restoration Committee, an anonymous donor and the Women's Club of Ridgefield


 

January

Keeler Tavern A View From the Inn: Ridgefield During the Civil War Years - Click here to watch this multi-media slide-show presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum. Based on Ridgefielder Anna Marie Resseguie's diaries at the time of the Civil War this presentation gives a first hand account of life in Ridgefield during this period. 




February

Three Centuries of History at Lott II - Exhibit at Ridgefield Town Hall presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum.  On display during the Town Hall's opening hours through June 30.


A View From the Inn: Ridgefield During the Civil War Years - Click here to watch this multi-media slide-show presented by theKeeler Tavern Museum. Based on Ridgefielder Anna Marie Resseguie's diaries at the time of the Civil War this presentation gives a first hand account of life in Ridgefield during this period. 


Still Fighting the Civil War - Artist and Author in Dialogue .– Presented by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library - Saturday, February 2, 2 PM @ The Aldrich (Free for members of The Aldrich, $10 for nonmembers, $5 seniors and students.)

Boston-based media artist Brian Knep’s participatory video installation Deep Wounds, currently on view at The Aldrich, confronts the reality that the Civil War still profoundly affects the American psyche and engages not just the legacy of the War, but also the difficult processes of reconciliation that follow all human conflict. David Goldfield is the award-winning of author of sixteen books about Southern and American history, including Still Fighting the Civil War and the recently published America Aflame. Both books explore the complicated and forgotten history of the War and its continued impact on American society and culture. Goldfield is the Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.


 Book Discussion: Stealing Lincoln’s Body by Thomas Craughwell - Thursday, February 7, 11:15 AM @ Ridgefield Library


Author Talk with Thomas Craughwell, author of Stealing Lincoln’s Body - Thursday, February 7, 7 PM @ Ridgefield Libraryy

An Evening with Walt Whitman - A one-man show. Actor Stephen Collins portrays Walt Whitman –   co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library and Keeler Tavern Museum – Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 PM @ The Keeler Tavern Museum. Registration is recommended.

 

 


March

Three Centuries of History at Lott II - Exhibit at Ridgefield Town Hall presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum.  On display during the Town Hall's opening hours through June 30.


A View From the Inn: Ridgefield During the Civil War Years - Click here to watch this multi-media slide-show presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum. Based on Ridgefielder Anna Marie Resseguie's diaries at the time of the Civil War this presentation gives a first hand account of life in Ridgefield during this period.


 

Walt Whitman and the Civil War: America's Philosopher Poet.  A Two-part discussion of the life and work of Walt Whitman led by poet and teacher Patricia Grodd.  Friday, March 1 , 2 PM and Friday, March 14, 1 PM @ Ridgefield Library.  Please register.

Whitman declared that the four year war was “the very centre, circumference, and umbilicus of his whole career”.  The war furthered Whitman’s devotion to democracy and the American psyche.  He found expression in a new kind of poetry that celebrated the war as the philosophic manifest of the true purpose of man and nation.  This workshop will focus on the reciprocal nature of history and the written word. Patricia Grodd holds a graduate degree in English Literature from Columbia University.  Additionally, she is a licensed psychotherapist and certified bibliotherapist.  A published poet, Ms. Grodd has taught poetry extensively throughout the Northeast.  Pre-requisite reading:  “Song of Myself”.  This can be found in the collection of poems Leaves of Grass. (3rd edition, 1891 -92). Click here for an online copy of the text.


Lecture: Fairfield County's 17th Connecticut in the Civil War with Keith Miller, Friday, March 1 at 7 PM @ Keeler Tavern Museum Keith Miller is a resident of Ridgefield with a long time interest in the Civil War.  He has written several articles for Civil War Times, and is currently working on a history of the 17th Connecticut.  He has graciously stepped up to offer an alternative to the Matt Warshauer presentation on March 1st which has been postponed to April 5.


They Called Me Lizzy: From Slavery to the White House - A one-woman show with actor Stephanie Jackson - Co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library and Keeler Tavern Museum. Sunday, March 17, 4 PM @ The Keeler Tavern Museum. Listen to the compelling story of Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's seamstress, as told in retrospect by actress Stephanie Jackson from the East Haddam Stage Company. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.


Book Discussion: Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles – Tuesday, March 19, 7:15 PM @ Ridgefield Library


Does the American Civil War still matter today: recollections of a Virginia family through four generations with Randy Lewis, Thursday, March 28, 7 PM @ Ridgefield Library

Randy Lewis will conduct an interactive discussion with the audience referring to  statistics as to the devastation of the war, especially  in the South, generational histories and experiences, particularly to the  personal letters and diaries of the Brooks family of Waynesboro, VA, whose four sons fought in the famous Stonewall Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia, and current attitudes, issues and opinions.  Randy Lewis, a history major at the University of Virginia, is a lifetime student of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln.  For more than fifty years as an amateur historian he has studied and read numerous biographies and histories.  His great-great grandfather, Isaac White was a legal client of Lincoln's in Menard County Illinois. Both Mr. White and his daughter Anna White Lewis were present at Lincoln's burial in Springfield, Illinois in May, 1865. Mr. Lewis has visited and studied most of the major Civil War battlefields in the Eastern theater of the war and several elsewhere, and has conducted numerous tours of the Gettysburg battlefield for charitable fundraisers.  He recently retraced the escape route of John Wilkes Booth.
Registration is suggested as space is limited.

 


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 April

Three Centuries of History at Lott II - Exhibit at Ridgefield Town Hall presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum.  On display during the Town Hall's opening hours through June 30.


A View From the Inn: Ridgefield During the Civil War Years - Click here to watch this multi-media slide-show presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum. Based on Ridgefielder Anna Marie Resseguie's diaries at the time of the Civil War this presentation gives a first hand account of life in Ridgefield during this period. 


Family History Hunt - scavenger hunt throughout Ridgefield , April 1 through June 1. The Family History Hunt is a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to explore Ridgefield and learn about local history throughout our community.  Sponsored by the Keeler Tavern Museum. Family History Hunt books will be available at Keeler Tavern Museum and many locations in town.  The book will guide you to sites of historical interest and provide information and thought provoking questions that are designed to broaden your knowledge of local history. Your completed Family History Hunt book will entitle you to prizes and a special invitation the Keeler Tavern Museum's 300th birthday party on June 15, 2013.  Check the Keeler Tavern Museum website for more details.


Book Discussion: To Gettysburg and Beyond by Michael Golay – Tuesday, April 2, 7:15 PM @ Ridgefield Library

A full-scale joint biography of two remarkable men of Gettysburg. Chamberlain, from rustic Maine beginnings, mastered the soldier's art and became one of the best of the Union's infantry commanders. Alexander, of the Georgia planter class, was one of the most brilliant officers of the Confederacy.


Lecture: Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival with Dr. Matthew Warshauer, co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Friday, April 5 at 7 PM @ Keeler Tavern Museum - Relocated to the Congregational Church

Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, will discuss his new book,Connecticut Commemorates the Civil War, 1861–2011 Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival, as well as the plans that are underway for the state’s 150th anniversary of the war.  Although most may not immediately think of Connecticut when considering the Civil War, the state was extensively involved in the conflict.  We sent more than 30 regiments to the front, had an extensive industrial capacity, and an active home front.  Connecticut is also home to more than 130 Civil War monuments.


Book Discussion: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier – in partnership with Ridgefield Library and Founders Hall – Thursday, April 11, 3 PM @ Founders Hall (For members of Founders Hall)


Gettysburg: One Woman's War - A one-woman live reading with actor Michele LaRue - co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library and Keeler Tavern Museum. Saturday, April 13, 2 PM @ The Keeler Tavern Museum. Registration is recommended.


Abraham Lincoln; the Man versus the Myth: Is Lincoln's personality and character portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis in the Spielberg movie Lincoln accurate and of value? with Randy Lewis - Monday, April 15, 7 PM @ Ridgefield Library

Randy Lewis will lead an interactive discussion with the audience about Lincoln's character including his ambition, professional success as an attorney, intellectual prowess and speaking abilities, his use of humor and his interpersonal skills, his humble "hardscrabble" background and upbringing, his real real relationship with both Mary Todd Lincoln and Ann Rutledge, his days in New Salem, IL and why they were important, and his strategic vision as Commander-in Chief of the Union armies.    Randy Lewis, a history major at the University of Virginia, is a lifetime student of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln.  For more than fifty years as an amateur historian he has studied and read numerous biographies and histories.  His great-great grandfather, Isaac White was a legal client of Lincoln's in Menard County Illinois. Both Mr. White and his daughter Anna White Lewis were present at Lincoln's burial in Springfield, Illinois in May, 1865. Mr, Lewis has visited and studied most of the major Civil War battlefields in the Eastern theater of the war and several elsewhere, and has conducted numerous tours of the Gettysburg battlefield for charitable fundraisers.  He recently retraced the escape route of John Wilkes Booth.  Please register as space is limited.



Ridgefield Fights the Civil War - A slide presentation by local Civil War scholar Charlie Pankenier - Sunday, April 21, 4 - 6 PM @ Keeler Tavern Museum

The story of how Ridgefield soldiers and their loved ones on the home front experienced both heroism and heartache during the 1861-1865 struggle that defined our country. Charlie Pankenier has studied the Civil War for more than 50 years and has walked more than 40 battlefields, many of them as part of Smithsonian study groups.  A Ridgefield resident since 1984, he pursues his interest in history a a member of  the Fairfield County Civil War Roundtable and as a guide at Keeler Tavern Museum.


Civil War Graveyard Tour presented by Ridgefield Graveyard Committeee - A fun, educational event for the entire family! - Sunday, April 28, 1 - 4 PM (rain date 5/4/13)
- A self-guided cemetery tour introducing you to some of Ridgefield’s Civil War heroes and colorful town veterans.  Re-enactors will add to the fun at selected gravesites. Come to the cemetery complex at North Street and Mapleshade Road.  Parking is available in Mapleshade Cemetery and American Legion on Route 116.


May

Three Centuries of History at Lott II - Exhibit at Ridgefield Town Hall presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum.  On display during the Town Hall's opening hours through June 30.


A View From the Inn: Ridgefield During the Civil War Years - Click here to watch this multi-media slide-show presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum. Based on Ridgefielder Anna Marie Resseguie's diaries at the time of the Civil War this presentation gives a first hand account of life in Ridgefield during this period. 


Family History Hunt - scavenger hunt throughout Ridgefield , April 1 through June 1. The Family History Hunt is a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages to explore Ridgefield and learn about local history throughout our community.  Sponsored by the Keeler Tavern Museum. Family History Hunt books will be available at Keeler Tavern Museum and many locations in town.  The book will guide you to sites of historical interest and provide information and thought provoking questions that are designed to broaden your knowledge of local history. Your completed Family History Hunt book will entitle you to prizes and a special invitation the Keeler Tavern Museum's 300th birthday party on June 15, 2013.  Check the Keeler Tavern Museum website for more details.


Children's Stories from Civil War Times - Friday, May 3, 4:15 - 5 PM @ Ridgefield Library

Storyteller Joyce Marie Rayno will tell stories from the Civil War era including a story about Addy, the American Girl character and a story with a young boy's point of view.  For families with children ages 5 and older.  No registration.


Gettysburg - Ridgefield Library @ The Ridgefield Playhouse

Especially for kids, Gettysburg, an edutainment musical production that commemorates the 150th Anniversary of The Civil War, will be presented by Quill Entertainment Company at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Tuesday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. (elementary schools) & 12:30 p.m. (middle schools). Shows are geared to children, people of all ages are welcome to attend the performances. 

This Arts in Education event is supported by Newman’s Own Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Leir Retreat Center, The Philip H. and Christine Lodewick Foundation, Union Savings Bank and the Wadsworth Lewis Trust Fund.

As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this musical production focuses on the lives of six individuals from both the North and South whose fates are forever changed by the war and the Battle of Gettysburg. An Essay Contest on the Civil War will award a deserving student with a $50 savings bond.  Visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org to see the essay question choices. Gettysburg integrates school curriculum, moral lessons and/or historical perspective through the performing arts.  Students will be able to meet the performers after the show, which enhances learning, and study guides are available to provide teachers with educationally rich lesson plans. This show till run55 – 70 minutes with additional time for Q & A and kids entering and departing the theater.

For tickets ($10), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or go online ridgefieldplayhouse.org.


Concert: The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra The Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra - The Wind Ensemble will include some music from the Civil War in their spring concert, Sunday, May 19, 4 PM @ Ridgefield High School.  ($15, $10 students 12 and under and seniors).  Tickets available at the door.


Book Discussion: Reading Is a Family Affair inter-generational book group discusses title The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick – sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library – Monday, May 20, 6 - 8:30 PM @ The Boys and Girls Club.  Free family copies of the book will be provided, courtesy of the Friends of the Libraryadvance registration required in person at the Library.


Book Discussion: The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane – Wednesday, May 22, 11:15 AM @ Ridgefield Library


Memorial Day Parade - Sunday, May 27, Main Street, Ridgefield


Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation with author and constitutional scholar Todd Brewster. Ridgefield Library presents a fascinating talk and discussion by Todd Brewster about his soon-to-be-released history of Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation – Thursday, May 30, 7 PM @ The Schlumberger Auditorium.  Registration is recommended.


 

June

Three Centuries of History at Lott II - Exhibit at Ridgefield Town Hall presented by the Keeler Tavern Museum.  On display during the Town Hall's opening hours through June 30.


A View From the Inn: Ridgefield During the Civil War Years - Click here to watch this multi-media slide-show presented by theKeeler Tavern Museum. Based on Ridgefielder Anna Marie Resseguie's diaries at the time of the Civil War this presentation gives a first hand account of life in Ridgefield during this period. 


All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Battle Hymn of the Republic - with the Reverend John Heeckt - Tuesday, June 4, 2:45 PM @ Founders Hall - open to the general public. 

Abraham Lincoln called her “the little lady responsible for this big war,” and her most famous poem has become one of America’s favorite patriotic anthems.  But who was Julia Ward Howe, and how did The Battle Hymn of the Republic earn its tremendous popularity during the Civil War and enduring popularity today?  These are among the questions the Rev. John David Heeckt, Minister of Ridgebury Congregational Church here in Ridgefield will explore in his upcoming talks, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Transformation of the Civil War,” which he will give as part of the Ridgefield Historical Society’s commemoration of the Civil War in Ridgefield.  Rev. Heeckt will discuss Julia Ward Howe’s background and how and why The Battle Hymn was written; its meaning and its relationship to other popular hymns of the period; and the role it played in transforming the Union’s understanding of the Civil War’s meaning and importance. 

Rev. Heeckt will offer his talk twice: first on Tuesday, June 4th, at Founder’s Hall at 2:45 p.m., (you do not have to be a member of Founders Hall to attend) and second on Wednesday, June 12th, at the Community Center at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome at either event, admission is free.     


Lincoln Douglass Debate with the Ridgefield High School Debate Team, Tuesday, June 4, 7 PM @ Keeler Tavern Museum Garden House. Admission free.

The Ridgefield High School Debate Team is a large group of politically – minded, linguistically passionate students who meet to discuss the pressing issues facing the world and the rhetoric skills needed to address them.  In addition to weekly meetings, the team competes each month at tournaments held across the state to debate topics ranging from the permissiveness of inflammatory speech to the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In recent years, the team has proven to be one of the strongest in the Connecticut Debate Association, sending record numbers of students to State Finals and winning ten trophies this past season. The team also competes at invitational meetings, like the recent Yale Osterweis Tournament. Anyone seeking more information can contact President Dani Blum at dblum4224@gmail.com.

 


Outdoor Movie and Picnic Night, June 7, 8:30 PM @ Ridgefield Community Center/Lounsbury House
Join us for a screening of Gettysburg out on the lawn.  Bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic!


Soldiers Fair - Saturday, June 8, 1 – 4:30 PM @ Ballard Park. Featuring period music, singing, re-enactors, hands-on activities and games for children, a display of Civil War artifacts, local actors portraying men and women from the Civil War era and much, much more!

The Soldiers Fair is definitely ON for Saturday afternoon.  See you there!

Free Events Open to All
Don't miss this special day featuring:

Proclamation by the First Selectman honoring all of the Ridgefield veterans of the Civil War including the heroics of Eddie Pickett
Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra - Wind Ensemble
Serendipity Chorale - Negro Spirituals
Songs of the North & South Ridgefi eld Chorale
Senior Melodiers of Founders Hall
Visit Civil War Re-enactors in their Campsite
Listen to Actors Portraying Men and Women of the Civil War Era
Hands-on Activities and Games for Children
Meet Abe Lincoln
Visiting Nurse Association Booth
Meet Clara Barton
Recitation of the Gettysburg Address
Civil War Artifacts Displayed
Write Letters to Active Soldiers
Learn About Opportunities to Support Veterans
Information on Preserving Civil War Battle Sites
and much, much more!

This event is made possible thanks to The Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund, Fairfield County Bank and the Women's Club of Ridgefield.


All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Battle Hymn of the Republic - with the Reverend John Heeckt - Wednesday, June 12,7 PM @The Community Center

Abraham Lincoln called her “the little lady responsible for this big war,” and her most famous poem has become one of America’s favorite patriotic anthems.  But who was Julia Ward Howe, and how did The Battle Hymn of the Republic earn its tremendous popularity during the Civil War and enduring popularity today?  These are among the questions the Rev. John David Heeckt, Minister of Ridgebury Congregational Church here in Ridgefield will explore in his upcoming talks, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Transformation of the Civil War,” which he will give as part of the Ridgefield Historical Society’s commemoration of the Civil War in Ridgefield.  Rev. Heeckt will discuss Julia Ward Howe’s background and how and why The Battle Hymn was written; its meaning and its relationship to other popular hymns of the period; and the role it played in transforming the Union’s understanding of the Civil War’s meaning and importance. 

Rev. Heeckt will offer his talk twice: first on Tuesday, June 4th, at Founder’s Hall at 2:45 PM, (you do not have to be a member of Founders Hall to attend) and second on Wednesday, June 12th, at the Community Center at 7 PM  All are welcome at either event, admission is free.     


Beyond

Author Talk: A Killing at the Inn with George Hancock, Thursday, September 5, 7 PM @ Keeler Tavern Museum, Co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library and Keeler Tavern Museum. Please register

Local history buff George Hancock will discuss his latest book, A Killing at the Inn, a fictional tale of Ridgefield set in the years 1858 through 1862.  The program will take place where it is set -  at the Keeler Tavern Museum!

George Hancock has been a student of history for most of his life.  He is an historic re-enactor, having portrayed the character of Timothy  Keeler, noted Ridgefield citizen and barkeep.  He is a frequent volunteer guide at the Keeler Tavern Museum and is a member of Ridgefield Historical Society.


 

Ulysses S. Grant with Author Michael Korda, Thursday, October 17, 7 PM @ Keeler Tavern Museum. Co-sponsored by Ridgefield Library, Keeler Tavern Museum and Books on the Common.  Please register as space is limited.

MICHAEL KORDA was the Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster and is the author, among many other books, of Ike, Hero, With Wings like Eagles, and Charmed Lives. He lives in Pleasant Valley, NY.

Book Description

In a new illustrated and oversized edition of the acclaimed biography of Ulysses S. Grant - a man who managed to end the Civil War on a note of grace, serve two terms as president, write one of the most successful military memoirs in American literature, and is today remembered as a brilliant general but a failed president, Michael Korda, former Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster and author of more than 20 books, offers readers an in-depth look at the uniquely accomplished life of our 18th President. (on-sale October 15; Hardcover Nonfiction; $35.00; Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins), Michael Korda considers Grant’s character and reconciles the conflicting evaluations of his leadership abilities.

 


 

Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power with Kevin Peraino. Tuesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m., @ Ridgefield Library at Governor Street. Co-sponsored by Books on the Common. Please register.

Join us for an Author Talk with Kevin Peraino.  He will discuss his book Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power (Crown Publishers, October 29, 2013).  Peraino grew up in Ridgefield, CT.

“Kevin Peraino is a major new historical talent, combining the sensibility of a gifted writer and storyteller with a keen analytic intelligence. You may think you know all you need to know about Abraham Lincoln, but in this lucid and compelling new book, you will discover that you've only heard half the story. Here is the Lincoln who looked abroad, struggling with, and ultimately shaping, America's role in the world.” - Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Thomas Jefferson

Kevin Peraino spent a decade at Newsweek, was a finalist for the Livingston Award for his foreign-affairs reporting, and who was part of the team that won a National Magazine Award for its coverage of the 2004 presidential campaign.  He has long been fascinated by foreign affairs, witnessing it at the street level as he traveled throughout the world from Syria to Libya to Sudan. As he began studying the traditions of American foreign policy, he came to see strong similarities between our modern global arena and the Age of Lincoln. While many Americans share the view that, “all we really need to know about Lincoln we learned in kindergarten,” Peraino argues that there is still much to be learned from the Great Emancipator when he is viewed against the backdrop of his own world.

 


 

Online Civil War Resources

Civil War - Central CT State University

US History In Context

Discovering Collection

Encyclopedia Britannica

The Civil War

Connecticut History

Causes of the Civil War

Civil War Photographs

http://www.us-civilwar.com

 


 

Ridgefield Remembers the Civil War Partners and Presenters:


Ridgefield Library
Keeler Tavern Museum
Ridgefield Historical Society
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Ridgefield Graveyard Committee
First Congregational Church of Ridgefield
Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce
Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra
Ridgefield Playhouse
Ridgefield Chorale
Ridgefield Community Center/Lounsbury House
League of Women Voters
Ridgefield VNA
Town of Ridgefield

 

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