At 1pm Barbara Polk Riley along with members of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will present a program on African-American genealogy, including coverage of 19th century records. At 3pm Catherine Medich from the NJ State Archives, will speak about using the Archives to trace Civil War-era New Jersey residents and soldiers. Refreshments will be served between programs.
This program is presented in conjunction with Civil War 150, featured in the Library’s gallery from May 1 through May 17. Utilizing letters, personal accounts, and images, this exhibition traces major events during the Civil War through the eyes of soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families.
Civil War 150 is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. The project, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Live It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Our programming, emphasizing a theme of “conflicted times,” is funded through the generosity of the Friends of Scotch Plains Public Library.