‘Turning Points’ Civil War Series Draws Huge Crowds

Grants from The Library Foundation helped support Turning Points, a week-long series of Civil War lectures and events that drew over 1,000 people to the Springfield-Greene County Library in July.  The series was developed in response to the overwhelming public feedback asking for additional Civil War programming following the very popular Battle of Springfield programs held at the Library this past January.  Turning Points explored and commemorated major Civil War events that transpired in 1863.

Granville Automatic in concert at the Library Center

The Library Foundation provided donor-designated funds to host a presentation on the capture of Little Rock by noted author and Civil War historian Mark Christ.  Funds from The Library Foundation’s Cultural Arts Endowment Fund also helped sponsor a concert at the Library Center by Granville Automatic, with singer-songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins performing haunting and lyrical compositions inspired by the Civil War.

“I want to thank The Library Foundation for their support of the Turning Points series this past July,” said Brian Grubbs, Local History Department Manager for the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and organizer of the series. Grubbs stated that many Library patrons commented on how much they enjoyed the series and asked when the next Civil War series was planned.  Based on the high level of interest, a series commemorating Sterling Price’s raid in Missouri, as well as other national Civil War-related events, is being considered for the fall of 2014.

The Library Foundation depends on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to be able to support programs such as Turning Points.  Your tax-deductible contribution to The Library Foundation can be made online and can be designated for particular programs or services provided by the Library.

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