The Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library will host a book/film discussion series titled: 'Making Sense of the American Civil War', meeting twice monthly starting in January and lasting into May.
Norleen Healy, discussion moderator, says the title tells a lot about the series.
She says an important point is to reflect on is who we are as a people because of the war and what we've overcome since. Issues that came out of the war carried on throughout America's history.
There is a lot of information out there now in digitized form, specifically more now about the south's side of the story that wasn't out there even 10 or 20 years ago. Healy says that it's important to come with an open mind, remembering that every story has two sides.
One example of that, the idea of abolishing slavery did not come out as a cause of the war but instead was an issue that developed during the war. It wasn't the reason that the war started, and the south was intent on maintaining slavery because of its economic importance.
It's not a history course, but is a “ humanities discussion”, Healy said.
On January 17 they will hold the first discussion, and you can just show up, but can also read materials prior. They still have books available at Sheridan's library just ask the front desk. Anyone who wants to come and listen can, even if you may not have time to do all the reading and discussion prep. The film series reflects the theme of the book discussion for the month. Films include "Cold Mountain" and "Glory". For more information or to get materials, be sure to visit the library or give them a call.