Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New RELIC Series: “Making Sense of the American Civil War”

Thursdays Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17
6:00-7:45 pm
Bossier Parish Library Historical Center Meeting Room
2206 Beckett St., Bossier City 71111

This is a new program in the Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) discussion series that looks at the national experience and consequences of the American Civil War, coinciding with the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the War.  Last year’s Civil War RELIC program held here focused on Civil War events and experiences within our state.  The discussions will be led by Dr. Stephen Webre, Chair of the Department of History at Louisiana Tech University

Texts include: March, by Geraldine brooks (historical fiction based on the character of the father, a Union soldier, from the classic novel Little Women) prominent historian James McPherson’s Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, and the anthology America’s War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150 Anniversaries, edited by Edward Ayers of the University of Richmond.

Those interested in attending should register in advance at the Historical Center or by telephone at 746-7717. Spaces are limited. The featured books are already available for pick-up in the Historical Center.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Photo of the Month - August

August's photo of the month is from a recent donation by the Barksdale Officers' Spouses' Club. This image is one of many in the collection, which dates from the 1940s through the 1980s. The collection also includes several scrapbooks and two bound volumes of the newsletter for the Barksdale Officers' Wives' Club, called The Petticoat Press, from years 1969-1973. 
The five women in this photo (2013.036.076) all have handwritten nametags. Unfortunately, the tags on the first two ladies on the left are illegible. The other three are (from middle to right) Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Kimmel, and Mrs. Key. If you recognize the two unidentified women or know the full names of the other three, please let us know! Email our curator at mrichardson@bossierlibrary.org