Civil War scholar to speak on music from the 1800s
In conjunction with the exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” which is on display at George Memorial Library through April 4, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special program, “Music in the Civil War,” on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond.
The program will be presented by Joyce Kennerly, a Civil War scholar and re-enactor, who will be dressed in period costume. Listen to examples of the songs as Kennerly explains the importance of the music during the Civil War, a belief that was shared by both President Lincoln and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Kennerly will discuss the various forms of instrumentation and music of the era, and how it reflected the emotions that resonated during this period. Learn about the brass bands of the Union and Confederate troops, the string bands, and common songs of the soldiers and of those who remained behind on the home front. Kennerly will also talk about songs sung by slaves before and during the war, many of which were songs pointing the way to freedom.
Those attending the program are invited to tour the exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, which is on display in the Bohachevsky Gallery in the lower level of George Memorial Library. Drawing on recent scholarship, this exhibition encourages a deeper understanding of Lincoln’s life, policies, and accomplishments.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.
About the Exhibit
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.
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