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Exhibit and events focus on "NJ and the Civil War"

The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to an exhibition and a series of events that highlight the impact of the Civil War on New Jersey.

Special Collections and University Archives' 2012/2013 exhibition Struggle Without End: The Civil War's Impact on New Jersey, goes beyond the military story to show the effects of the Civil War on the culture and society of the state. The exhibition highlights rare and unique items from Rutgers' collections, including letters from the front, diaries of soldiers and civilians, political tracts, and artifacts. Among the objects displayed are field maps and drawings by Washington Roebling, the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge; a diary and cap belonging to Ellis Hamilton, a young officer killed at Spotsylvania Court House; and a Civil War-era surgeon's kit.

This exhibition, which initially opened in September, has been extended and will now run through May 31, 2013. The exhibition is housed in Alexander Library, in both Gallery '50 on the main floor and the Special Collections and University Archives gallery on the lower level.

The Libraries have also planned a series of free public events connected to the themes in the exhibition. These events are:

Irish Songs of the American Civil War
Talk and musical performance by David Kincaid, musical re-enactor
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 4 p.m.
Remigio U. Pane Room, First Floor, Archibald S. Alexander Library, New Brunswick

New Jersey Africans Americans and the Civil War: Panel Presentation
Joseph Bilby, New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum
Larry Greene, Seton Hall University
Clement A. Price, Rutgers University
Monday, January 28, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Remigio U. Pane Room, First Floor, Archibald S. Alexander Library, New Brunswick

The New Jersey Political Landscape during the Civil War
William Gillette, Rutgers University, author of Jersey Blue
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 4 p.m.
Remigio U. Pane Room, First Floor, Archibald S. Alexander Library, New Brunswick

"All My Past Life was a Myth": The Civil War's Effect on Northern Women
Patricia Palmieri, Queensborough Community College, author of In Adamless Eden
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12 p.m.
Remigio U. Pane Room, First Floor, Archibald S. Alexander Library, New Brunswick

The exhibition will run September 19, 2012 to May 31, 2013.

For more information about the exhibition and any of the events, please contact Fernanda H. Perrone, exhibitions coordinator, at 848-932-6154 or hperrone@rulmail.rutgers.edu.

This exhibition and public programs are made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in these presentations do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Civil War-era kepi, from the Robert McAllister Papers in Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries .




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