Are you interested in the Civil War?

This February, learn about the Civil War at the Main Library through an exhibit on loan from the Kentucky Historical Society, a special theatrical presentation from Falcon Theatre, and our own Local History’s display of Boone County during the Civil War

Main Library
1786 Burlington Pike
Burlington, KY 41005

February 1-28
Visit the The Kentucky Historical Society’s Discovering Abraham Lincoln on the first floor of the Main Library, near the dome. Abraham Lincoln had a perfectly ordinary early childhood in Kentucky. The state also played a primary role in forging Lincoln’s family and political life, with many of his family members, friends, and associates being Kentuckians. During the Civil War, Lincoln’s relationship with his native state was crucial to Union chances for winning the war.

Also on loan from the Kentucky Historical Society is Civil War in Kentucky. Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Dr. James M. McPherson summarized Kentucky’s role during the American Civil War (1861-1865): “It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that the Confederacy would have won the war if it could have gained Kentucky,” McPherson writes, “and, conversely, that the Union’s success in retaining Kentucky as a base for invasions of the Confederate heartland brought eventual Union victory.”

Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m.
Falcon Theatre will present Soldier, Come Home. This production brings to life the letters of playwright Frank W. Wicks’ great-grandparents, Mary Luke Pringle & Philip W. Pringle, & family members, written during the period 1859 to 1865 from western Pennsylvania and from major Civil War battle sites, including Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg, and Appomattox.

During February (located near Local History area)
In conjunction with the theatrical presentation, our Local History department has created a new, original exhibit featuring copies of Civil War-era letters and artifacts with a connection to Kentucky. Letter-writing was extremely important to soldiers on both sides. These letters – saved and handed down through generations, and acquired by libraries and archives – provide invaluable first-hand accounts of this important conflict.

(Unidentified soldier from Kentucky in Confederate uniform with two revolvers [1861-1865]. From the Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, via the Library of Congress.)

Whether you’re a history buff or are just looking for something indoors to do during the coldest time of the year, we certainly have something new for you to learn during the month of February!

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