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Monday, October 03, 2011

150 Years

This year is the 150th anniversary of America's Civil War.

The Civil War has long been a topic of great interest as can be seen by the extensive number of books, old and new, in our 973.7 section.

The Civil War film series by Ken Burns had viewers glued to their seats when it was first shown on PBS back in 1989, and today it still continues to be viewed in DVD format [DVD 973.7 BUR]. And, need I mention the almost unabated love for the Hollywood film, Gone With the Wind [DVD GON], which was originally released back in 1939.

A new book on our shelves was written specifically for the 150th anniversary. It's called The Civil War 150: An Essential To-Do List for the 150th Anniversary [917.304 CIV]. From the Foreward:
There is something about the human condition that makes us seek out the places we have read about, to touch the artifacts or enter the buildings associated with the history.

This book is about feeding that insatiable craving so many of us have to experience the Civil War. In these pages, we describe 150 things the reader can see or do to learn more about the war that pitted brother against brother and family against family. We recommend the reader visit such famous battlefields as Gettysburg and Vicksburg, hold a Civil War Minie ball, attend a reenactment, maybe even take a bite of Civil War hardtack.
The book is a product of the Civil War Trust, a organization "devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields."

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