Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Springfield – The Mary Whitney Phelps Tent (Chapter), Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, in conjunction with the Springfield-Greene County Public Library, has announced an all-day program—Civil War Fair—for those interested in Civil War history and in locating ancestors who served. The fair, scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 19, at The Library Center, 4653 South Campbell, will feature two lectures. The morning session will be given by Missouri State University Professor Emeritus Hal Funk on First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, and the afternoon session will be presented by Local History Librarian John Rutherford on how to trace Civil War ancestors. Following Rutherford’s talk, historian Brian Grubbs will discuss the library’s new online resource, “Community & Conflict: The Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks.” Participants are invited to bring their Civil War documents and photos to be examined for historical significance.

In addition to the event’s two sponsors, area Civil War organizations will have representatives on hand to answer questions. Among those represented will be Wilson’s Creek Battlefield, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, Civil War Round Table of the Ozarks, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and United Daughters of the Confederacy. Following the lectures, one-on-one assistance will be available to those seeking help to trace their Civil War ancestors.

Morning and afternoon refreshments will be served. Those in attendance should plan to bring a sack lunch or dine at the Mudhouse Café on the premises. For more information, call (417) 887-1699.

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