Do you have a Civil War veteran in your family tree? Learn how to research your veteran ancestors during Fountaindale Public Library’s Civil War Genealogy Workshop on Saturday, June 1 from 10 am to noon. Librarians Tina Beaird and Debra Dudek will share the resources, records, newspapers, and other materials to help you with your research. You’ll walk away with new information which will give great insight into the lives of soldiers who fought for both sides of the conflict.
Later in the day, author Michael Weeks will present Finding Hallowed Ground: America’s Civil War Sites Today from 1-3 pm. The program highlights the history and accessibility of Civil War sites and how small or obscure locations can hold incredible stories. Following the program, Michael will sign copies of his book The Complete Civil War Road Trip Guide: 10 Weekend Tours and More than 400 Sites, from Antietam to Zagonyi’s Charge. The cost for each book is $15.
These programs are free and open to the public. Please register by calling the Fountaindale Public Library at (630) 685-4176.
Stop by the library on Sunday, June 23 from 1-2 pm for program entitled “The Underground Railroad”. Appearing as an owner of a ‘safe house’ in Illinois, Terry Lynch explains how a safe house was used as a stopping point for the slaves to gain rest and nourishment before continuing on to safety in Canada. Several safe houses in the Chicagoland area will be highlighted. This is a free drop-in program designed for attendees of all ages.
All three of these Civil War programs were made possible with a grant presented by The Library of America in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and is supported by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
ALSO: The next Genealogy Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 7pm and will feature Bruce Troyer’s presentation of Genealogical Clues in the Photographic Process. Participants are invited to bring a few photographs with them to the program, as Bruce will be available after the lecture to assist with any photo identification questions. This is the last meeting of the Genealogy Club before the summer break, so save the date for this great program!
See You At The Library!