San Bernardino Public Library brings Civil War History to Life

The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet / painted by F.B. Carpenter ; engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Ritchie, Alexander Hay, 1822-1895, engraver. c1866 credit:

(Best Syndication News) - The San Bernardino Public Library will be hosting a Civil War re-enactment celebrating 150 years since Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The library will have free “living history” programs throughout the month of January to bring history alive.

On January 12, 2013, between 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Feldheym Central Library (located at 555 W. 6th Street in San Bernardino) will have American Civil War Society members dressed up as Confederate Soldiers, Union Soldiers, and Civilian Corps from the Civil War era. The American Civil War Society is one of the largest nonprofit groups to reenact this particular historical period in California. The group will also have re-enactors portraying Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, and General Robert E. Lee. This is a family friendly event and is intended to educate students about Civil War history.

A concert event featuring the Historic Marine Brass Band will be at the Bing Wong Auditorium at 12 p.m. on January 12, 2013. The band will be playing Civil War era music.

Following the concert, there will be a re-enactor dressed as Abraham Lincoln (played by William Peck) reciting the Gettysburg Address. At 2 p.m., Abraham Lincoln will return to the stage to talk about his tenure as the 16th President and the challenges of passing the Emancipation Proclamation. The presentation is suitable for families and school aged children. At the end of this presentation, students will be giving an uncirculated Lincoln penny as a memento. William Peck has been playing the role of Abraham Lincoln since 1981.

At the Feldheym Library, an exhibit called, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” is on display until January 31, 2013. The exhibit is open to the public.

More free programs are scheduled on January 15, 16, and 22. On January 15 at 6 p.m., Don McCue will speak about “Lincoln’s Difficult Path to Emancipation: The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.” On January 16 at 6 p.m., Rev. Dennis Brown will be joined by a three-piece band as he re-enacts Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches. On January 22 at 6 p.m., Robert Harper will perform “The Ruminations of Fredrick Douglas.

The San Bernardino Public Library said that they will have more special events scheduled and they will post the additional events on their website at

By: N Wilson

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