Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On View at the Hearst Art Gallery: Lee and Grant

150 Year after the start of the Civil War, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Virginia Historical Society have organized "Lee and Grant" -- A multi-media history exhibition that tells the history of the war through the biographies of the two Generals.  The exhibition is packed with documents, period photographs, maps, engravings, uniforms, original objects owned and carried by Lee and Grant, flags, swords, bayonets, Harpers' Magazine illustrations by Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast, tents, an extensive study table of books, bibliographies, films, ipods, a handout on California's Civil War history and more....

Divided in sections, the exhibition's content includes units on the Mexican War (1846-48), Grant's ascent in the West, Lee's in the East, Vicksburg, Cold Harbor, Slavery, Surrender at Appomattox, Emancipation, Reconciliation. Partner programs are being offered by the Contra Costa Libraries, the National Civil War Association, and the California Horse Artillery Society.

A lecture by Civil War history scholar, author and professor Carl Guarneri, Ph.D., "'Only a Question of Time and Patience': An Inside View of Grant's Campaign against Lee," will highlight opening day programs at 2 pm on Sunday, January 30, which also includes displays by members of the National Civil War Association in period uniforms and clothing.

The exhibition is on view through March 20, 2011 and is the only California venue for this nationally traveling exhibition.
For more info please visit:
contact: Heidi Ehrman Donner 925.631.4069

Ephemera from the Saint Mary's College Archives is on view in the Library including original letters from soldiers and the diaries of a Union officer and Medal of Honor winner, period photographs, and a first edition of Grant's memoirs -
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