To help celebrate the Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary of the American Civil War, Massanutten Regional Library is hosting several events at some of our branches this summer. First up, come see a Civil War Camp at our North River Library in Bridgewater on Saturday June 2nd from 1 pm. to 3 pm. Next, bring any original family documents to the Main Library in Harrisonburg on Monday June 4th from 9:30 am to 5 pm.
The Library of Virginia is sending a team of archivists to scan privately held manuscripts for inclusion in the project. Your treasures would then be available digitally on the web via the Library of Virginia web site, and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission web site. Anyone interested in touring local battle sites (for adults mostly) should meet in the North River Library parking lot at 2 pm on June 10th. Aaron Good will be your guide in Harrisonburg, Cross Keys and Port Republic. Then, from August 25th through September 9th, come view the exhibit An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia in the meeting rooms at the Main Branch of MRL in Harrisonburg. This exhibit is organized by The Virginia Historical Society and is comprised of images, interpretive text, and a companion website designed for use on mobile devices. As always check out resources on Virginia’s Civil War history at any of our branches. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.