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Wilton Hosts Range of Civil War Lectures

WILTON, Conn. – The American Civil War is the topic in the fifth season of lectures hosted by the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society.

The lecture series, which starts Jan. 29, will feature prominent authors and historians discussing Connecticut’s role in the war and the impact women, African-American soldiers and artists had.

There is no charge for the series, though donations will be accepted. Books by the speakers will on sale. Reservations are recommended - as the series has been fully booked each year- and can be made online at the Wilton Library's website or by calling 203-762-3950, ext. 213.

The lectures are as follows: 

"Connecticut in the Civil War" – Jan. 29 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society

Professor Matthew Warshauer of Central Connecticut State University will provide background for the entire series by discussing how the war was fought on the battlefields, the homefront and in the factory.

Connecticut Women in the Civil War – Sunday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wilton Library

Dione Longley, former director of the Middlesex County Historical Society, uses quotations from letters, diaries and more to illustrate the role of women in the Civil War.

Connecticut’s African-American Soldiers – Sunday, March 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wilton Historical Society

Assistant Professor David Koch, of Housatonic Community College, will discuss how the creation of the 29th and 30th regiments in in Connecticut  ushered in an era of sweeping changes in the state’s treatment of African-American citizens.

The Artist in the Civil War – Sunday, March 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wilton Library

Artist Don Troiani will discuss the role artists played in the Civil War and his own reinterpritations of the battles.

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