Musicians Chuck Winch and Lisa Wilkins will present authentic Civil War era songs and original compositions to explore how popular songs shaped and reflected the sentiments and events of the time. The performers use authentic and reproduction period instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, and bones, and dress in period clothing for the presentation. This program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This performance 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.