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“1861 in 48 minutes”
On Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 3:00pm, the Warrenville Historical Society will
host “1861 in 48 minutes,” a program detailing the historic year that the Civil
War began, highlighting local and national events. Aided by a presentation of
images, presenters will detail life in Warrenville and the events our country
was facing as the Civil War was beginning to divide the nation and its people.
The program will be held at the Warren Tavern, located next to the Historical
Museum, at 3S540 Second Street, Warrenville. No admission fee will be charged
and light refreshments will be served.
“1861 in 48 minutes” is part of the Historical Society’s four year program “
Warrenville and the American Civil War” in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the
Civil War, which began on April 12, 1861, and ended on April 9, 1865. This
series of programs and exhibits centers around Warrenville in the greater
context of the United States’ struggle to maintain a unified union. Warrenville
and DuPage County was a center for the Abolitionist Movement for over a decade
by the time fighting broke out, and the strong sense of the injustices of
slavery spurred 50 volunteers from Warrenville to fight for the cause. In April
of 1861 “in Warrenville, Adam Griffith, Charles Griffith, and Lewis Gokey were
enthusiastic volunteers. As the walls of the Warrenville Baptist Church shook,
who could withstand the call to action of the quartet's inspired strains: ‘We
are coming, we are coming, We hear the loud cry, We will rescue our country, We
will save her or die!’” From The Life and Times of Warrenville by Leone Schmidt.
The year 1861 is also being featured in a new exhibit at the Warrenville
Historical Museum, 3S530 Second Street, which will run through the end of 2011.
Those wishing to relive the historic year can also check out the Historical
Societies blog (www.warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com), where 1861 is being
detailed through posts from the diary of Hiram E. Leonard, Warrenville’s
Postmaster through much of the Civil War, who meticulously recorded his life in
Warrenville. Please visit our website at www.warrenvillehistorical.org and
follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about these events and other
Historical Society programs. Contact us at info@...
(630)393-4215 with any questions.