Programs:Pennsylvania Civil War 150

In continuation of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, the State Museum held a special presentation by author and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. The program, focused on Holzer's book, Emancipating Lincoln: The Proclamation in Text, Context and History, and was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation and taped and broadcast by Pennsylvania Cable Network.

“Harold Holzer: Emancipating Lincoln”

Author and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer

The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.



Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) partnered with Pennsylvania Civil War 150 to bring special programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War to libraries around the Commonwealth. From July through October, six libraries hosted a combined 11 events drawing hundreds of participants.

To broaden access to Pennsylvania’s rich Civil War history, three events were taped and broadcast by the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Watch the full episodes below.

“Lincoln’s Love of Pennsylvania”

Lincoln re-enactor James Hayney and Lock Haven University Professor Robert Sandow
Centre County Library & Historical Museum in Bellefonte



“The Widow of the South”

New York Times best-selling author Robert Hicks
Bethlehem Area Public Library in Bethlehem



“We Are Coming, Father Abram:
Lincoln in the Songs of the Civil War”

Scholar Michael Lasser and musicians Cindy Miller and Alan Jones
Adams County Library System and Adams County Arts Council in Gettysburg



Participating libraries included Adams County Library System, Altoona Area Public Library, Allentown Public Library, Centre County Library & Historical Museum, Rohrbach Library at Kutztown University in partnership with Kutztown Community Library and Bethlehem Area Public Library.

Audiences received free copies of Civil War-related books and interacted with historical re-enactors, met authors Robert Hicks, Thomas DeWolf and Judith Redline Coopey, discussed the contemporary implications of slavery, and learned songs of Civil War-era communities.

Read a press release for PA Civil War 150.

PHC's PA Civil War 150 programs are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation (PHF) and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).


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