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April 2021

Book Talk with Jeff Hunt

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cavalry actions and pitched battles made it clear that the war in Virginia was a long way from having been decided at Gettysburg.  After defeat at Bristoe Station, Lee determined to hold the Rappahannock River line. Pressured by Washington to fight but denied strategic flexibility, Meade launched a risky offensive to carry Lee’s defenses and bring on a decisive battle. Through official reports, regimental histories, letters, newspapers, and other archival sources discover the story of the U. S. Army’s first post-Gettysburg offensive…

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May 2021

Book Talk with Mark F. Bielski

May 6 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Abraham Lincoln knew if the Union could cut off shipping to and from New Orleans, the largest exporting port in the world, and control theMississippi River, it would be a mortal blow to the Confederate economy.Discover the story of the leaders and men who fought for control of the largest city in the South, the key to the Mississippi, and the commercial gateway for the Confederacy. Mark F. Bielski is an historian and author and the director at Stephen Ambrose…

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History Happy Hour: La Guerra Civil de las Plumas

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For the Confederacy, gaining foreign recognition was vital. In its efforts to secure support from Latin America, the struggling country employed diplomacy, politics, and popular opinion. What was the outcome of these attempts and how did the United States respond? With Bob Sayre, ACWM

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Book Talk with Alaina Roberts

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Departing from the traditional story of Reconstruction, discover the connections between the debates about Black freedom and Native American citizenship to westward expansion onto Native land. As Black ,white, and Native people constructed ideas of race, belonging, and national identity, this part of the West became, for a short time, the last place where Black people could escape Jim Crow, finding land and exercising political rights, until Oklahoma Statehood in 1907. Alaina E. Roberts is a historian of African American…

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