MPL Talks: The Civil War & Grand Army of the Republic


For years, we’ve partnered with James A. Garfield National Historic Site—our neighbors down the street—for a monthly program about the U.S. Civil War.

Their experts have discussed Civil War art, the Gettysburg Address, the role of female spies during the war, forgotten addresses at Gettysburg, and more.

Now, you can watch these talks even if you can’t make it to the library. We’re recording and sharing these informative programs in their entirety.

This month, Dr. Todd Arrington, the site manager for JAG National Historic Site, talked about the Grand Army of the Republic. For those who don’t know, the Grand Army is one of the most important veterans groups in our country’s history, and it was formed by Union veterans of the Civil War.

Its membership included five American presidents, one of whom used to live in Mentor.

By the way, our Civil War series continues at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 9. Former Judge Paul Mitrovich, and also the author of Justice Delayed, will discuss slavery, the reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movement.

As always, the talk is free and open to all.

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