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Civil War Exhibit at NMJC Pannell Library

3/7/2015 2:13:25 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Pannell Library at New Mexico Junior College will host Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibition, March 9 through March 26, 2015.  This exhibit marks the sesquicentennial of the end of the bloodiest conflict in US history. One hundred and fifty years after the Civil War, the voices of soldiers and their families still ring true.

The Civil War is one of most transformative periods in America’s history. After long-simmering sectional tensions led to seven slaveholding states seceding, the ensuing political strife gave way to war in April 1861. Four years of fighting resulted in 1.5 million casualties making the Civil War the worst war in US history.

Visitors will experience the battle through the eyes of major political figures, soldiers, families, and freedmen. By virtue of letters, personal accounts, and images, learn how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime.

The Pannell Library is one of fifty sites nationwide selected to host the Civil War 150 exhibition. “We are pleased to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said James Britsch, Director of Library Services. “Through reproductions of documents, photographs, and posters, the exhibition invites visitors to learn about events that took place during the war through the eyes of individuals. Though the Civil War took place 150 years ago, people today can still identify with the thoughts and fears of ordinary citizens and soldiers, many of which reflect a humanity that is forever consistent. We hope that this will help visitors better understand the human and political costs of war.”

The Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the exhibition to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The Civil War 150 is divided into five panels: The Nation Divides, 1861: The Union is Dissolved, This Cruel War, 1863: Turning Points, and The Price of Victory (1864–1865). Drawing from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, each section traces major events during the Civil War.

In addition to the exhibit, Pannell Library is offering free events for the public including:

  • Civil War presentation featuring Dr. Stephen Townsend, Professor of History at NMJC
    2:30 pm, Tuesday, March 17th at the NMJC University Center, Room 237 (above the library)
  • Film series at Pannell Library
    Saturday March 14th at 2:00 pm – “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
    Saturday March 21st at 2:00pm – “Glory” starring Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman

For more information: contact James Britsch at (575) 492-2873or visit www.nmjc.edu/library.

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Developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America, this exhibition was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition is part of Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, a major three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is centered on the four-volume Library of America series The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge, and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, museum exhibitions, and programs in libraries and other community places. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available on the Internet at www.neh.gov.

About the Library of America

A nonprofit publisher and cultural institution, The Library of America was founded in 1979 with seed funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation to help preserve and foster appreciation for the nation’s literary heritage by publishing and keeping permanently in print authoritative editions of America’s best and most significant writing. Since then more than 200 hardcover volumes have been published, and the series, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007, is widely recognized as the unofficial national edition of American writing. More information about The Library of America may be found at www.loa.org.

About the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, www.gilderlehrman.org. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

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