Thursday, February 10, 2011

Nationally known historian lecturing in Warrenton

Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus for the National Park Service and one of the country’s foremost Civil War historians, is presenting a lecture in Warrenton on his perspective of the award-winning Ken Burns documentary The Civil War: A Film.

Fauquier County Public Library is presenting a free four-part lecture series based on the documentary to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Mr. Bearss, the first speaker for series, will present his lecture at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton. Dates and speakers for the remaining lectures will be announced soon.  Seating is limited; reserve tickets are required; limit of 4 per requestor; no admittance to program without ticket. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 6862, for more information or to request tickets.

Mr. Bearss served as historian at the Vicksburg National Military Park, then as the Chief Historian of the National Park Service after his retirement. He was a featured commentator in the Ken Burns Civil War series, and also served as a commentator on Civil War Journal, A&E Network; Civil War Combat, the History Channel; and the Smithsonian’s Great Battles of the Civil War on The Learning Channel.

He has authored numerous articles and books on Civil War history, including Rebel Victory at Vicksburg, The Battle of Wilson’s Creek, and Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War.

The lecture series is one of several programs presented by the library to highlight its We the People collection of books and other items for children, teens, and adults donated by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA).

See the“We the People” selections in the library catalog.

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