National Archives in Atlanta to offer Civil War symposium on April 16

The sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War will be remembered with a day-long symposium at the National Archives in Atlanta  on April 16. ¶

The event, “The Civil War: America’s Long Struggle,” will feature lectures from leading Civil War scholars and archivists, such as David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States; Daniel Stowell of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Eric Leonard of the Andersonville National Historic Site and Auburn University professor Kenneth Noe, author of “Reluctant Rebels.” ¶

“The symposium will attract Civil War historians, as well as members of the general public whose lives were forever impacted by this great conflict,” said Jim McSweeney, Regional Administrator, National Archives at Atlanta. “It’s one thing to hear about the Civil War in a lecture or read about it in books. It’s another to dig through your attic and find your family’s place in the greater narrative.” ¶

The archives exhibit, “Slavery and Freedom in Black and White: The African American Experience in 19th Century Newspapers,” will be open. It features original newspapers, features articles on African American history, including editions of Harper’s Weekly, The Globe, The Liberator, and Savannah Daily Herald, drawn from the private collection of Christine Mitchell. The exhibit will remain on display through September 2011. ¶

After the symposium, the Foundation for the National Archives, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Scott Antique Markets will host “Civil War Treasures in Your Nation’s Attic,” a display of Civil War artifacts. One hundred symposium attendees will have the chance to display their heirlooms and learn more about them. Georgia Public Broadcasting will be filming for a future broadcast.

The symposium is $20, which includes lunch. Go to the archives website for more information or to register.

The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. but the event begins at 9 a.m. at the archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road in Morrow, Georgia.

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