News Release

Bandy Center Kicks Off Civil War Book Discussion Series

August 23, 2012

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DALTON STATE’S ROBERTS LIBRARY HAS 20 SETS OF BOOKS TO LOAN FOR CIVIL WAR BOOK SERIES From left, Heather Shores of the Bandy Center, Library Director Lydia Knight, and Bandy Center’s Dr. John Fowler

Dalton State’s Bandy Heritage Center and Roberts Library have teamed up to kick off a five-part Civil War book discussion series sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council.

The first session of the series “Making Sense of the American Civil War” will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, at The James E. Brown Center at Dalton State. Dr. John Fowler, Professor of History and Director of the Bandy Heritage Center, will facilitate discussion at the first session.

The series will feature discussion of three books: “March” by Geraldine Brooks, “America’s War” edited by Edward L. Ayers, and “Antietam” by James M. McPherson. Twenty sets of the books are available to check out from the Roberts Library at Dalton State.

Readings for the August 28 session, entitled “Imagining War,” will include “March” and part one of “America’s War,” Fowler said.

Second session of the series will be “Choosing Side,” and will cover part two of “America’s War.” That session will be held Tuesday, September 11, at Crown Archives, 715 Chattanooga Avenue and is hosted by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.

“Making Sense of Shiloh” will be held on Tuesday, October 2 at the Creative Arts Guild and is hosted by the 150th Anniversary Committee. Part three of “America’s War” will be discussed.

Part four of “America’s War” and “Antietam” will be discussed at the fourth session, “The Shape of War” which will be held Tuesday, October 23 at Crown Archives. That session will be hosted by the Dalton Civil War Rountable.

The series concludes with “War and Freedom” sponsored by and held at The Emery Center on Tuesday, November 13. “America’s War,” part five, will be discussed at the final session; The Emery Center is located at 110 W. Emery Street.

The five-part series has been held across the state to facilitate understanding of The Civil War during the war’s sesquicentennial anniversary from 2011-2015.

“The Georgia Humanities Council was selected to host this program statewide through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association which developed the series,” said Laura McCarty, Vice President of the GHC. “This fall programs will be in Dalton, Valdosta, and Waleska. Programs have already wrapped up in Carrollton, Cuthbert, Fort Valley, Kennesaw, and Savannah; in 2013, the programs will continue in Augusta and Brunswick, with other venues to be selected later.”

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