Upcoming Special Programs

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963
November 3 - December 14
This traveling exhibit examines two great people's movements that are separated by a hundred years, but linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience.  

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Nonfiction Book Club
October 24 and November 28 at 7 pm
Launching to coincide with the exhibit, this new book club will discuss nonfiction books. Copies of the book are available to check out. The first selection is The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory by W. Fitzhugh Brundage. Discuss Eric Foner’s Pulitizer Prize winning book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery at the second meeting.
An Evening with Abraham Lincoln:  Opening Reception for Changing America
Thursday, November 2 at 7 pm
The Changing America exhibits opens with a visit from President Abraham Lincoln and refreshments. The Emancipation Proclamation and how he made the decision to sign the important legislation is the topic of the president’s discussion. Lincoln will be portrayed by Chris Small, M.A., of The Lincoln Project from Greenville, TN. The Lincoln Project uses ethnographic methodologies to study and document Lincoln and also brings him to life through living historiography. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Midday Music
We Shall Overcome: The Song that Moved a Nation

Wednesday, November 8 at 12 pm
The documentary We Shall Overcome traces the origins of a social movement through a single song. It includes interviews with key Civil Rights leaders s and performances by the SNCC Freedom Singers, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. Program includes a discussion led by music historian and author Al Leichter. A light lunch is provided.
The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 & The March on Washington, 1963
Tuesday, November 14 at 7 pm
Join Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown, 
Associate Professor of History at Mary 
Baldwin University, for a discussion of two great people's movements that are separated by a hundred years, but linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience
Friday Night at the Movies
Hidden Figures

Friday, November 17 at 6:30 pm
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Screening Civil Rights
Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Aniko Bodroghkozy, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, leads a discussion on how television and photojournalism covered the civil rights movement and the March on Washington. She is a media historian who most recent book is Equal Time: Television and the Civil Rights Movement.  
Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibit is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.”