Special Guests Bring History to Life


Killer Angels book coverOne Book, One Michiana, created by the St. Joseph County Public Library, is an annual event during which the entire Michiana community reads the same book. Themed events and activities are planned by participating libraries and community organizations. This year’s book is THE KILLER ANGELS, Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the four days before and during the Battle of Gettysburg, as seen through the eyes of four generals and their men.

You can find THE KILLER ANGELS at local bookstores and libraries. EPL has multiple copies. Check our online Public Access Catalog for availability.

One Book, One Michiana 2013 runs from April 1 – May 11.  We have an exciting array of program and events for you, including visits from a historian, Union and Confederate soldiers, a president and a first lady.

  Special Guests

Civil War (Union) Soldier

The Civil War comes alive as a uniformed Union soldier visits each of our locations. He will guide you through the trials and tribulations of the Civil War, on the battlefield and on the home front in Elkhart County. The program will presented by Frank Fisher from the Elkhart County Historical Museum.

April 9, 6:30 p.m.  — Pierre Moran Branch
April 11, 6:30 p.m. — Cleveland Branch
April 16, 6:30 p.m. — Osolo Branch
April 17,  6:30 p.m. — Main Library
April 18, 6:30 p.m. — Dunlap Branch
Adults and children are welcome.

Life of the Civil War Soldier: a Confederate Perspective

Duane Clark of the Elkhart Police Department brings 14 years experience of Civil War reenactment to life.  Told from the perspective of a Confederate soldier, he brings his insights into the peril of the average soldier on either side of the war.

April 23 — Pierre Moran Branch, 6:30 p.m.
April 30 — Dunlap Branch, 6:30 p.m.
May 7 — Cleveland Branch, 6:30 p.m.
For grade school children through adult.

Historian’s View

April 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Osolo Branch:
Don Parker will present an overview of the book, KILLER ANGELS. Mr. Parker has deep ancestral ties to the war and has been researching it for 20 years. He will share what he has learned of events leading up to the war, major battles, and the impact the war had on the American people. Ages High School and up.  Though this is a combined gathering of  the Osolo Branch 2nd Monday Night Page Turners and the Main Library Book Club, everyone (high school age and older) is invited to attend.

President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln

April 22, 5:30 p.m.at the Main Library
Have you ever wondered what it is like to grow up in a cabin? What makes Mrs. Lincoln’s dress stand out? Come and find out when President & Mrs. Lincoln come for a visit, sponsored by the Friends of the Elkhart Public Library.  The Lincolns cordially request the presence of both children and adults.

 One Book, Many Events

We have a wide variety of other One Book, One Michiana activities planned, too, including a Civil War-era movie series, pioneer crafts and a musical performance by the Promissory Notes. For a location-by-location lineup, see Library News blog One Book, Many Events or, if you prefer a calendar view, check our Events Calendar.

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