In two weeks from now, Grand Valley State will host an event that includes the second set of conference sessions on the Sesquicentennial, for this year's Great Lakes History Conference will feature a heavy emphasis on the Civil War. It is well worth attending.
Dr. Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will give the opening keynote address "The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery" on Friday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Brooks Simpson, Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University, will give the address "The Fruits of Victory: Ulysses S. Grant and the Legacy of the Civil War" on Saturday, October 9, at 12:45 pm.
In addition, panels will include:
From the Cellars to the Killing Fields to the Courts: 1. “Yankees in the Cellar: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Reenacting America, John Gibney, Monroe County Historical Museums; 2. "Earl's Scouts: A Regular Army Response to Irregular Warfare in the Lower Mississippi River Valley during the U.S. Civil War", Gordon Olson, Grand Rapids City Historian Emeritus; 3. “The Civil War Court Martial of Sgt. George W. McDonald”, Raymond Gregory Lande, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Remembering the Civil War through Literature and Reunions
Coming to Terms with Horror: Prisons and Memory During the American Civil War
Race and Vengeance During the Civil War
Memorials to West Michigan‘s African American Soldiers
From Home Front to Memory: Higher Education and the Civil War
Remembering the Civil War through Monuments and Reunions
Mormons, the West and the American Civil War
Gender, Courtship and Dissent in Civil War America
Labor, Lincoln and Lore
"Liebe Mutter!" The Civil War Letters of German Immigrant Joseph Herkner to his Mother in Grand Rapids
Definitely worth it!