Upcoming Civil War Related Talks

Chicopee Public Library, Chicopee Mass.

Civil War Speaker Series: Steve Jendrysik   

 July 26, 2011, 6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Contact: Reference Desk   413-594-1800 x108   anne.gancarz@gmail.com

Chicopee’s City Historian speaks about Chicopee’s involvement in the Civil War, as well as the Chicopee Soldier’s Record, a handwritten ledger with detailed accounts of the service records of local soldiers. This ledger is included in the library’s new online archive to be launched in midsummer.

Location: Main Library- Bazan Community Room



“Legends of the Civil War” Summer Lecture Series

John Brown: The Connecticut Roots of an American Legend

July 28, 2011, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

White Church Community Center

William N. Hosley, SFP ’76, independent historian, museum consultant with Terra Firma Northeast, and author of Colt: The Making of an American Hero, will give the second of the three lectures in the 2011 Summer Lecture Series “Legends of the Civil War.”


Lincoln, Booth and Davis: In Myth and Memory

August 4, 2011

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

White Church Community Center

James L. Swanson, SFP ’80, author of Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln’s Corpse and Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, will deliver the final of the three lectures in the 2011 Summer Lecture Series “Legends of the Civil War.”



About marcferguson

I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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