scottish rite masonic museum & library | summer 2013  


civil War lectures

Civil War Lecture Series

Fall 2013


Nicole etcheson

The Anti-Civil War  

Movement in the North: 

Copperheads in a Midwestern 

Community, 1861–1865

Saturday, OctOber 5, 2 pm

anti-war Democrats, 
protested against  
the policies of the 
Lincoln adminis- 
tration, opposed 
emancipation and 
resisted the draft 
with violence. Were 

the Copperheads expressing sentiments 
that mirrored concerns of their fellow  
citizens? Did they actually aid the 
Confederacy? Etcheson will be avail-
able after the talk to sign her book,  
A Generation at War: The Civil War 
Era in a Northern Community

Join us for a Civil War lecture series on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the conflict. 

The series explores the history of this divisive war and its meaning for our nation today. 

Jane schultz

A Season with the Army: 

Civil War Nurse Harriet  

Eaton and New England’s 

Role in Medical Relief Work

 Saturday, OctOber 26, 2 pm

Join Jane Schultz, 
the nation’s   
expert on Civil 
War nursing, for 
a discussion of  
a New England 
woman’s critical 
role on the   
battlefields of 

Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chan-
cellorsville. Newton-born Harriet  
Eaton’s diary and papers offer insight 
into the experience of the twenty-one 
thousand women who served in Union 
military hospitals. Schultz will be 
available after the talk to sign her 
book, This Birth Place of Souls:  
The Civil War Nursing Diary  
of Harriet Eaton

robert Weible

“Not that this is Going to  

Be a Real War”: The Civil 

War, the Marshall House 

Flag, and Elmer Ellsworth’s 


Saturday, NOvember 9, 2 pm

In April 1861, 
Union Col. Elmer 
Ellsworth was 
shot while cut-
ting down a   
massive Confed-
erate flag that 
had been hoisted 
within view   

of the White House. This incident  
became national news and plunged 
the divided country into a debate 
about the Marshall House flag’s   
significance. Robert Weible, State  
Historian of New York, will explore 
the lasting meaning and relevance  
of the two divergent interpretations  
of this event.

This summer, the museum & library is one of 1,800 museums across 

America to welcome military personnel and their families in collabora-

tion with the National endowment for the Arts, Blue star Families and 

the Department of Defense, as part of the Blue star museums program.
The program runs from memorial Day to labor Day and identifies  

museums that offer free admission to active-duty military and their 

family members. The museum & library is included on the Blue star museums website.


“Blue star museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are 

thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue star Families Ceo Kathy roth-Douquet. “Through this 

distinctive collaboration…service members and their families can connect with our national treasures.” We are proud 

to participate in this program and to support our military families. 

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