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Monday, May 9, 2011

Boston Public Library Opens an Eight-Month Civil War Exhibit This Week

The Boston Public Library is kicking off a city-wide, eight month long commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.  Activities include exhibitions of rare archival material from the Civil War, plus lectures, films, tours and live performances exploring the many dimensions of the war.

The Library has set up a dedicated web site with the details and schedule of events. For a calendar of events click here.

Among the highlights: the display of about 375 Civil War photos taken by Matthew Brady, his colleague Alexander Gardner and others from Brady's studio.  They'll be on display in the Rare Books Lobby from May 20 through September 30, 2011.

The Library is also making available links to digitized BPL holdings, including the Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Collection.

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