Vermont Humanities Council Civil War Offerings
Events, Speakers Bureau, and Reading and Discussion
The Civil War is perhaps America's greatest story. It played out on a huge stage, with great characters and themes, and multiple plot lines. It is both inspiring and absolutely heartbreaking.
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War deserves our attention not only because the war is endlessly fascinating, but also because in many ways, the issues it dealt with are still with us — particularly federal-state power and, of course, race.
The sesquicentennial officially began April 12, 2011, which is the 150th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861. It effectively ended four years later, with Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9, 1865.
The Vermont Humanities Council offers many ways to explore the Civil War — through Speakers Bureau lectures and Reading and Discussion programs you can offer in your town, through First Wednesdays lectures, through Civil War research you can conduct in your schools and community, and through the Civil War Book of Days.
Civil War Book of Days — To honor the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Vermont Humanities Council is producing the Civil War Book of Days e-newsletter, weekly e-mails marking what happened each week 150 years ago.
First Wednesdays Civil War related talks
Speakers Bureau — Public libraries, historical societies, and other nonprofit organizations are invited to host a speaker or living history interpreter from VHC’s Speakers Bureau. The cost is $75; VHC subsidizes the rest of the cost. VHC is pleased to sponsor thirteen Speakers Bureau programs related to the Civil War.
Reading and Discussion — Public libraries, historical societies, and other nonprofits are invited to host a book group about the Civil War. VHC provides multiple copies of the books and heavily subsidizes a discussion leader/scholar.
Civil War research in your town — Download the Civil War research kit to learn how you can research the Civil War history of your town or its Civil War soldiers.
Photos (click on image for larger size) top to bottom:
A 3rd Vermont Regiment couple, courtesy Vermont Historical Society (VHS); members of the 4th Vermont Infantry by George Houghton, courtesy VHS; General Ulysses S. Grant at his headquarters in Cold Harbor, Virginia, 1864, Library of Congress; Robert E. Lee, General of the Confederate Army, 1863.