St. Louis Public Library
Genealogy & Military History Programs & a Book Signing!
October 2008-April 2009
All programs are sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library. All programs are held at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 unless otherwise noted. All programs listed are free and open to the public (need not be a cardholder / member to attend). Registration for programs at Central Library is encouraged but not required. Parking in downtown St. Louis is free on Saturdays (meters are not checked), and Scott Trade Center Metro-Link stop is only four level-ground blocks away. Call 314-539-0381 to register or for more information.
October 22, 2008. 7 PM-9 PM. Gary Ecelbarger will discuss and sign his new book The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination. Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, Mo 63109. Left Bank Books will sell books. This timely book narrates the dramatic year-and-a-half turnaround in the political fortunes of Abraham Lincoln. It begins with him wallowing in despair during the aftermath of his spirit-sapping senate loss to Stephen A. Douglas. From there the story carries him to the pinnacle of jubilation following his stunning victory in the Republican National Convention in Chicago, where he not only shocked the nation by upending several front-running candidates to win the presidential nomination, he also at that moment of May 18, 1860 became the likely winner of the presidency six months before the general election. The book has garnered tremendous advance praise. Gary Ecelbarger is the author and co-author of seven books about events and personalities of the nineteenth century. He is also a professional history tour guide and a popular symposium speaker. Ecelbarger lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
October 23, 2008. 2 PM-4 PM. Use of Newspapers in Genealogical Research. Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL 62222 (registration is required). Join us as we learn that obituaries are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to newspapers: there's much more information of genealogical value in newspapers-- if you know where to look. To register or for more information, call Dana Prusacki at 618-234-0441, ext.22.
October 25, 2008. 10 AM-Noon. History & Hauntings of Jefferson Barracks. Meeting Room 1. Join us as we learn the history of Jefferson Barracks-- its use as a hospital, national cemetery, training camp, and military post-- and hear about Civil War soldiers who refuse to "give up the ghost" at Jefferson Barracks and other Civil War military posts and battlefields. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0386 or 314-539-0381.
November 1, 2008. 10 AM-Noon. "To Rally With the Hearts of Lions": African-American Soldiers in the Civil War. Meeting Room 1. Join us as we explore the history and wartime exploits of the U.S. Colored Troops, and show you how to research ancestors who served as enlisted men or officers in the U.S.C.T. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0386 or 314-539-0381.
November 15, 2008. 10 AM-Noon. Records of the Great War: Researching World War I Ancestors. Meeting Room 2. Join us as we discuss book, manuscript, and Internet sources of information about WWI soldier, sailor, marine, and airman ancestors. To register or for more information, call 539-0381.
December 13, 2008. 10 AM-Noon. Great Civil War Battles: Fredericksburg. Meeting Room 1. Join us as we discuss this winter battle in Virginia during which reluctant Union Army commander Ambrose Burnside was outwitted and outgunned at every turn by the old Gray Fox, Robert E. Lee. To register or for more information, call 539-0381.
January 17, 2009. 10 AM-Noon. Killed by the Cure: Civil War Medicine. Meeting Room 1. Join us as we discuss the injuries and diseases that plagued Civil War soldiers, and the (sometimes fatal) methods Civil War doctors used to try and heal them. To register or for more information, call 539-0381.
February 14, 2009. 10 AM-Noon. Citizen Soldiers: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor. Meeting Room 1. Join us as we discuss book, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of information about Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots. To register or for more information, call 539-0381.
March 21, 2009. 10 AM-Noon. St. Louis at War, 1861-1865: Arsenal, Forts, Hospitals, & Prisons. Meeting Room 1.Join us for a discussion the many ways in which St. Louis contributed to the Union war effort. To register or for more information, call 539-0381.
April 18, 2009. 10 AM-Noon. 4/14: The Plot to Kill President Lincoln. Meeting Room 1. Join us as we discuss the conspirators and the conspiracy, Booth's escape attempt, the trials of his co-conspirators, and the punishments meted out by military tribunals. To register or for more information, call 539-0381.
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St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103