Making Sense of the American Civil War

"Making Sense of the American Civil War" is a series of five scholar-led "conversations", meant to be considered together, allowing people to learn about and discuss the war with others. Historians' understanding of the global significance of the war has shifted over time, from a focus on the unification of a nation to what it took to bring an end to a powerful system of slavery. A hundred and fifty years after the defining war in our nation's history, we are still discovering its meanings.

Dr. Patricia Richard, Scholar
Associate Professor of History, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Author of Busy Hands: Images of the Family in the Northern Civil War Effort (Fordham University Press)

Centennial Park Library, Greeley
2227 23rd Avenue
Wednesdays in June and July: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11
6 p.m.
Contact: Kristine Gamer

Bemis Public Library, Littleton
6014 South Datura Street
(303) 795-3961
Wednesdays in September and October: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3
7 p.m.
Contact: Phyllis Larison

Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, Denver
2401 Welton Street
(720) 865-2115
Saturdays in September and October: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6
2 p.m.
Contact: Danny Walker

University Hills Library, Denver
4310 East Amherst Avenue
(720) 865-0955
Thursdays in September and October: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11
Contact: Jim Kroll

Dr. Sarah Swedberg, Scholar
Associate Professor of History, Colorado Mesa University

Silt Branch Library, Garfield County
600 Home Avenue
(970) 876-5500
Thursdays in October and November: 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
Contact: Kelsy Been

"Making Sense of the American Civil War" is a scholar-led reading and discussion program for public audiences, presented by Colorado Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association's Public Programs Office, and available in 36 states and the District of Columbia.