Thursday, April 25, 2013

Custer in Nebraska at the Library

The following is our weekly column published in the Dakota County Star newspaper.

The Civil War is the focus of our programming for the month of May.  The Civil War made an impact on thing other than the issue of slavery.

Saturday May 4th at 2:00 p.m. Jeff Barnes will speak on "Custer in Nebraska:  The Royal Buffalo Hunt of 1872".  Already established as an Indian fighter on the Great Plains, George Armstrong Custer's 1872 visit to Nebraska wasn't for war, but for entertainment. It was here he met the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia and Buffalo Bill Cody to engage in what is possibly the best-known big game hunt in the history of the world. This 140th anniversary the day - also covers the rapid transition of the five-year-old state of Nebraska, beginning with the fastest growing city on the frontier and ending with the relocation of the Indian tribes and disappearance of the buffalo herds of the Great Plains.

Completing, Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War
On Tuesday May 7th at 6:30 p.m. Fred Nielsen will speak on Completing, Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War.  In this presentation we discover: The work of peace was, in its way, as difficult as the fighting of the Civil War. After   Appomattox, divisive questions remained: What was the place of freed slaves? How would former Confederate states be readmitted to the Union? In the end, Americans put their country back together by often forgetting why they had fought in the first place.

Dan Brown Live at Lincoln Center:  An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets
Dan Brown is back! The #1 international bestselling author comes to Lincoln Center in New York City to speak about his new novel "Inferno" (on sale May 14th), plus a range of topics including science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making and a few surprise topics. This is his only public appearance in connection with this novel. The South Sioux City Public Library will participate in this event via live streaming this event.  Join us in the Library Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 15th

Technology Classes
At the time of publication, the May schedule is not yet completed, but our classes for the end of April are:  Monday, Apr 29: 1:00 p.m. Koha Circulation, 5:00 p.m., Koha Circulation, 6:30 p.m., Word 1, Tuesday: Apr 30, 10:00 a.m.: Word 1, 11:00 a.m., Koha Circulation, 12:00 p.m.:  E-book Reader, 4:00 p.m. Clean Up Your Computer.

Reading Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War
Considering the Civil War theme, these recommendations are relevant.

Team of Rivals:  the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Godwin is the book on which the movie Lincoln is based.  It looks at the way Abraham Lincoln sought to bring together his political rivals to create one of the most significant presidencies in American history.

The Civil War:  an Illustrated History by Geoffrey Ward is an overview of the history of the Civil War, told through photographs and illustrations.  It is the book based on the Ken Burns series The Civil War.

Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly is the New York Times bestseller that gives a fast paced account of the events leading up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  This book will be discussed during the Cover to Cover book club on Monday May 13th at 6:30 p.m.

Have a great week and read good books.

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