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Making Sense of the Civil War Reading and Discussion Program

Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment of the Humanities, this monthly reading and discussion series at the Geneva Historical Society will run on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from February 23 to May 11, 2015.

Participants in the program will gather over the course of six sessions to discuss a variety of Civil War texts with 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. Participants in “Making Sense of the Civil War” will explore different facets of the war experience, informed by reading words written or spoken by powerful voices from the past and present.

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 February 23, March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27 and May 11. 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.

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