Civil War Discussions

Photo of cover Washington Arsenal ExplosionThe DC Public Library is hosting two discussions on the American Civil War this June as we approach the 150th anniversaries of the battle of Gettysburg and the surrender of Vicksburg.  We hope you will join us as we remember and discuss the nation's great trial by fire. 

On June 11 at 7 p.m., the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library will host Steve Hammond from Congressional Cemetery and Erin Bergin Voorheis, daughter of the late author Brian Bergin, who will speak about the Washington Arsenal explosion and its aftermath. Both speakers were involved in the publication of The Washington Arsenal Explosion by Brian Bergin. The explosion of the Washington Arsenal on June 17, 1864 resulted in the deaths of 21 female workers and was the largest single-day tragedy in the history of the city to that date. 

On June
13 at 2:30 p.m., the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will host Garry Adelman, Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust in room 209.  Mr. Adelman will discuss photography during the American Civil War. Through then and now, 3D and even 4D, techniques, Adelman will present the Civil War in a manner available nowhere else.

We hope you join us for these exciting and educational discussions. Please contact Ben Coburn
at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library or Elisa Babel at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library with questions. It is sure to be an entertaining time. We look forward to seeing you.