The Midwest in the Civil War by Robert Girardi
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.
On April 9, 1865, the Union and the Confederacy squared off in the courthouse at Appomattox. That afternoon, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered and, on April 12, 1865, a formal ceremony of surrender was held at the historic courthouse. Although this was a symbolic end to the Civil War, several small battles occurred over the following months. Nevertheless, Lee’s surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant’s army sealed victory for the Union and marked the beginning of the long journey towards reconciling the country. Today, 150 years later, the Civil War continues to play a pivotal role in America’s history, as well as its present and future. Please join the Geneva Library Foundation and its guest, Robert Girardi, on a journey back in time to examine the Civil War. The presentation will emphasize the Midwest’s involvement, including our own state, Illinois, home to President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant
Robert Girardi has had a lifelong fascination with the Civil War and has studied the war from all sides, including visits to numerous battlefields and historic sites. He has collected artifacts and memorabilia and has read thousands of documents, letters, and diaries written by participants. Today, Robert seeks to share his passion with the public, authoring several books and regularly presenting on the war. He has also created exhibits for numerous historical societies and collaborated with other historians and artists. Two of Robert’s several books will be available for purchase before and after his presentation: Gettysburg in Art and Artifacts for $30.00 and The Civil War Generals, Comrades, Peers, and Rivals, in Their Own Words for $28.00. Robert has generously agreed to donate one-third of all sales back to the Library Foundation.
The evening will include an introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation, and a Q&A session. This is a free event.
The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. With a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021, the GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.
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