The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana will host “Civil War 150,” a national traveling exhibition, Dec. 3-23. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
By virtue of letters, personal accounts and images, learn how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war and the role of a president in wartime. The Mansfield Library is one of 50 sites nationwide selected to host the exhibition.
“We are pleased to be selected,” said Tobin Shearer, a UM history faculty member who organized the event along with Political Science Professor Rob Saldin. “Through reproductions of documents, photographs and posters, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about events that took place during the war through the eyes of individuals.
Dan Flores, UM’s A.B. Hammond Professor of Western History, will give a lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 4, as part of the exhibition. He will present “Battlefields or Nature? The Sublime Western Landscape during the Civil War Era” at 5 p.m. in the Mansfield Library’s East Faculty Office Area.
The “Civil War 150” is divided into five panels: “The Nation Divides, 1861,” “The Union is Dissolved,” “This Cruel War, 1863,” “Turning Points” and “The Price of Victory (1864-1865).”
The UM exhibition is sponsored by UM’s African-American Studies program, UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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