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Trumbull Library To Lead 'One Book One Town' Civil War Celebration

The series kicks off with a re-enactment March 4 at Abraham Nichols Park.

For the third year the Trumbull Library will hold its "One Book One Town" event, a series of events throughout the month of March.

The center of the celebration will be Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, a story of love between a Confederate deserter and his pre-war sweetheart. The author blends family stories and local history to depict the harsh realities of life in the south late in the war and changes the lovers confront when they finally get back together.

Library Director Sue Horton has said the book was chosen because it offers so many themes around which to build a program.

She said One Book One Town is “something the community can embrace,” and asked council members to “get the word out.”

Programs will be offered to engage the entire community, kicking off with a battle re-enactment by Company G, 14th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in Abraham Nichols Park on March 4 hosted by Trumbull Historical Society.

Two book discussions will be held, on March 7 and March 22, the latter led by Susan Boyar, a renowned discussion leader who works with groups at libraries throughout Fairfield County.

David Koch will present three lectures - about African-American soldiers in the Civil War (March 6), Connecticut in the War (March 13) and the end of the War (March 20).

Among other events will be a poster contest for all age groups around the theme of “United We Stand,” music programs and a genealogy workshop. The Trumbull High School Debate Team will hold a competitive event and Tashua School will host an Old Fashioned Hoe Down.

Trumbull Historical Society will host a quilting exhibit and a talk about Civil War nursing. The Society will also have display of period artifacts and memorabilia during April.

Horton and the volunteer committee that put the program together offers special thanks Kate Hampford Donahue for her family's generous donation to make many copies of the book available for the community's enjoyment.

This annual event was created by a committee of volunteers representing a cross section of the community – librarians, trustees and others interested in making the program a success.

The Library offers a comprehensive schedule on its website: http://www.trumbullct-library.org/

Trumbull Historical Society's site is: http://www.trumbullhistory.org.

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