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History - U. S. Civil War: 2013 Civil War 150 Programs

Research guide with resources about the United States' Civil War.

MSUB Grant Program

(Image from the NPS, Symbols of Battle: Civil War Flags in NPS Collections)

During the Fall 2013 semester, the MSU Billings Library brings you a series of programs on an important period in American history. These activities are made possible in part by funding received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Library of America and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Civil War 150: Exploring the War and its Meaning Through the Words of Those Who Lived It is a national public programming initiative designed to encourage public exploration of the transformative impact and contested meanings of the Civil War through primary documents and firsthand accounts.

Campus Map

Click here to see a map of the MSUB campus.  The LI 148 lecture hall is located between buildings # 14 and 15. The Recital Hall is in Cisel, which is building #5 on the map.


Schedule of Events

Civil War 150 Programs

MSU Billings

Open to the Public



September 17, 2013 (151st Anniversary of Antietam):  Kickoff Reception  

LA 205, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Jen Lynn:  Photographs of the Civil War era

Dr. Jen Lynn (MSUB History Department) will discuss the new technology of photography and how it was utilized to capture scenes from the Civil War.

Followed by Food of the Civil War

September 24, 2013:  Dr. Tom Rust:  "Civil War from the Bottom Up"

LI 148, 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Tom Rust (MSUB History Department) will present a lecture on "The Civil War from the Bottom Up," focusing on lives and motivations of rank-and-file soldiers.  Dr. Rust is the Montana National History Day Coordinator.  His connections through this program will also increase awareness of Civil War 150 programming in local schools.

October 1, 2013: Dr. Mark Fenderson:  Music of the Civil War  (NOTE: EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY, NOV. 5)

Cisel 135 (Recital Hall), 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Mark Fenderson (MSUB Music Department) will present a program on Civil War music, including a student ensemble playing brass band music from the period.

October 8, 2013:  Dr. Sue Balter-Reitz and Dr. Sam Boerboom:  Communication & the Civil War

LI 148, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Dr. Sue Balter-Reitz and Dr. Sam Boerboom (MSUB Communication Department) will discuss public communication during the Civil War, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and beyond.

October 15, 2013:  Dr. Keith Edgerton:  Civil War on the Big Screen

LI 148, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Dr. Keith Edgerton (MSUB History Department) will discuss depictions of Civil War in film.

October 22, 2013:  Dr. Kathe Gabel:  Medicine & the Civil War

LI 148, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Dr. Kathe Gabel (MSUB College of Allied Health) will discuss 19th century medical practices and Civil War-era battlefield triage.

October 29, 2013:  Ms. Tami Haaland & Dr. Bernie Quetchenbach:  Poetry of the Civil War

LI 148, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Ms. Tami Haaland and Dr. Bernie Quetchenbach (MSUB English Department) will read and discuss Civil War era poetry.