Historian Lois Leveen presents free Civil War Weekend

Join the library for the Civil War Weekend featuring Lois Leveen’s book “The Secrets of Mary Bowser,” which focuses on this defining moment in American history. Led by scholar Lois Leveen and funded by Oregon Humanities, this two-part series will illuminate how historians as well as ordinary Americans come to understand events in our nation’s past.  Participants (high school age and older) are welcome to attend one or both of the free programs.

Multiple copies of the featured book “The Secrets of Mary Bowser,” are available at the library for check out.

“Glory,” Story, and History
Friday, July 24 from 4:30–6:30 pm
Grants Pass branch
Join Author Lois Leveen in a discussion of the Academy Award-winning film “Glory,” which stars Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, and Morgan Freeman. Participants are urged to watch the full film prior to the workshop. The film is available for check-out from the library.

Telling Secrets
Saturday, July 25 from 9:30–11:30 am
Anne Basker Auditorium
Discuss the historical research behind Lois Leveen’s novel “The Secrets of Mary Bowser.” Copies of the book are available for check out from the library. Copies may also be purchased at Oregon Books & Games for a 15 percent discount if customers mention the Civil War Weekend.

The Civil War Weekend is part of the Josephine Community Libraries 2015 Community Reads Program focused on the history surrounding the American Civil War. This year’s Community Reads featuring “The Secrets of Mary Bowser” was made possible through a grant from Oregon Humanities.

Click for more information about the Civil War Weekend and the 2015 Community Reads program.