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First Civil War Commemorative Lecture April 11

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First Civil War Commemorative Lecture April 11

Friday, April 8, 2011
On Monday, April 11, the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in partnership with the Tompkins County Public Library, holds the first in a five-year series of lectures marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Held on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter, the first lecture, entitled "Signposts on the Road to Disunion," from Pearl Ponce, assistant professor of history at Ithaca College, will offer insight into the key events leading up to the war--'from the Compromise of 1850, through Bleeding Kansas, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry and the election of 1860.

Over the next five years, the Commission and the Library will offer at least two programs each year, which will provide opportunities for informed discussion and increased awareness about the divisive "War Between the States."

Monday's lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Library's Borg Warner Room, located at 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca.

For information about the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration Commission, contact Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen at ckk6@cornell.edu..