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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:27 PM

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The Civil War began 150 years ago in April 1861 and Ohio was deeply involved, providing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and many other Union officers as well as more than 300,000 Union troops to the war effort. Putnam County District Library families have the opportunity to learn more about Ohio’s profound impact on the war in the coming months. The Putnam County District Library will host the Ohio Historical Society’s new traveling exhibit, Ohio & the Civil War: 150 Years Later, to commemorate the anniversary of the Civil War.


This exhibit is sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society in partnership with the Ohio Humanities Council and American Electric Power.


This educational exhibit is being paid for through a donation from Roselia Deters Veroff.

The traveling exhibit explores Ohio’s participation in the war and focuses especially on individuals’ choices that impacted local communities and the course of the war. Three themes - Democracy, Transformations and Memory - are used to reveal Civil War stories that impacted Ohio in the 19th century to the present day. Through the lens of these themes, the exhibit explores topics such as civil rights, political dissent, pacifism, religion and popular culture and reveals patterns in our country’s response to such topics throughout history.

The exhibit will be on display at the Ottawa Location of the Putnam County District Library beginning Saturday through Nov. 25. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and is located at 136 Putnam Parkway.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, the library will showcase local Civil War artifacts from the Putnam County Historical Society, including memorabilia from Civil War reunions, pictures, original discharge papers, diary from a local Civil War soldier and swords from local officers.

The PCDL will host the Grand Opening event at 1 p.m. Sunday with a Civil War Presentation conducted by Bob Van Dorn, who will be exhibiting original Civil War equipment including muskets and swords used in the war. He will also give an overview of what the enlisted men and officers dealt with during the war.

Other events commemorating the Civil War include:

— 10 a.m. Nov. 9 — The Lincoln Assassination and the Chase for John Wiles Booth with Civil War Storyteller Dick Crews. Crews will discuss the myths and facts surrounding the events.

— 1 p.m. Nov. 16 — Children’s Games During the Civil War Period with Ruth Wilhelm. Look at toys from the Civil War period and make some.

— 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 — Putnam County and the Civil War with Ruth Wilhelm. Find out about the role Putnam County played in the Civil War and the men who served.

— 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12 — Stitches for Freedom with Rita Thelan. Take a look at the Underground Railroad in Ohio. Antique quilts will be shown and displayed as the story of the Underground Railroad in Northwest Ohio unfolds. Were quilts used to communicate a hidden message?… You decide.

Additional information regarding the Civil War Exhibit and events at the PCDL can be found on the library web page at or by calling the library at 419-523-3747.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:30 PM

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