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Civil War Commission to Sponsor Lecture by Acclaimed Author August 25

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Civil War Commission to Sponsor Lecture by Acclaimed Author August 25

Friday, August 19, 2011
Well-known author and artist Stephen Poleskie will tell about the man called "the most shot-at man during the Civil War" during a lecture cosponsored by the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission on Thursday, August 25.

Mr. Poleskie will conduct a reading and signing of his book, ""The Balloonist: The Story of T.S.C. Lowe---Inventor, Scientist, Magician and Father of the U.S. Air Force" at the Tompkins County Public Library Borg Warner Room, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The lecture, second in a series sponsored by the Civil War Commission, is cosponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library.

"The Balloonist..." is the first full-length biography of Thaddeus Lowe, who is best known for organizing the Civil War's Army of the Potomac Balloon Corps.

Stephen Poleskie is an artist, writer and photographer. His art can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has taught or served as a visiting professor in 27 colleges and art schools throughout the world, and his writing has appeared in countless journals and reviews. He is a former Pushcart Prize nominee and has completed five full-length novels.

The August 25th lecture is free and open to the public. Copies of "The Balloonist. . ." will be available for purchase at the event.