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Lincoln on the Civil War Book Discussion Group

October 6, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Participants in “Lincoln on the Civil War” will explore issues of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution through Lincoln’s own words. The text for this program, Lincoln on the Civil War: Selected Speeches, is a volume of nine addresses made over the course of his political career. The speeches will be supplemented by the book Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer.

Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, the reading and discussion series at the Geneva Historical Society will run for five sessions from October 6 to December 1, 2015.

Discussions will be led by facilitator W. Averell Bauder, a member of Reynolds’ Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery, an organization committed to educating the public about the Civil War through reenactments and demonstrations. The program is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required as space is limited. Sessions will run from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Geneva History Museum on five Tuesdays: October 6 and 20, November 3 and 17, and December 1. The first session will be a brief introduction to the readings and expectations for participation. To register for the program or for more information about acquiring books, please contact the Historical Society at 315-789-5151.

The New York Council for the Humanities’ Adult Reading & Discussion programs are designed to foster active reading and thinking, incorporating texts that serve as catalysts for civic engagement and cultural understanding, as well as personal reflection. Adult Reading & Discussion programs are currently being held in communities across New York State.

"Lincoln on the Civil War" is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities with support from Penguin Books. For more information about “Lincoln on the Civil War” or the Reading and Discussion program, visit

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