Exhibit focuses on recent Civil War research

July 21, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Popular media of television and movies shape many perceptions about the Civil War. A new exhibit in the University Libraries, "The Civil War from the Stacks," presents recent scholarship that gives a more robust view of the war and society and corrects some common misperceptions. Too often popular portrayals overlook many of the very ideas that motivated the generation that fought the war. According to renowned Civil War historian Gary Gallagher, "The most influential perspective for the Civil War generation is almost entirely absent from the Civil War stories being told today."

The exhibit, composed of books from the Libraries' collection and images from the Library of Congress Collection of Civil War Photographs, explores topics, including religion and slavery, the northern response to secession, dangerous plots during the Reconstruction era, and surgeon letters from the field, among others. Viewers can take a copy of a full bibliography of books highlighted in the exhibit and to also explore additional images at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/cwp/ online.

On display through Sept. 24 in the Diversity Studies Room, 203 Pattee Library, the exhibit is open during standard library hours. Call 814-865-3063 to confirm times.

Other events planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War are listed at http://www.pacivilwar150.com/ online.

Visitors to the Libraries also can view a selection of the letters, documents, photographs and objects from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, on display in the exhibit, "Home Front to Battlefront: Celebrating the Civil War Legacy," in 104 Paterno Library, through Oct. 7. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact Angela Breedan, exhibit coordinator for the University Libraries, at 814-865-9406.

  • The 3rd Connecticut Infantry, Camp Douglas, 1861

    IMAGE: Library of Congress Collection of Civil War Photographs
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