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"Voices of the Civil War" exhibit at BYU 's Lee Library opens Sept. 13 with lecture

“Voices of the Civil War: Evidence and Artifacts,” a new exhibit highlighting the American Civil War, will open Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Harold B. Lee Library on the Brigham Young University campus.

As part of the opening, Fred Woods, a professor of Church history at BYU, will give an address titled “Mormon Migration and Observation to and through Utah During the Civil War” that same day in the Lee Library auditorium on the first level at 2 p.m. 

In the lecture, Woods will tell the little-known story of the early Mormon pioneer settlers and their connection to this powerfully historic event in American history.

Admission to the exhibit and lecture are free.

The exhibit will be located on the first level of the library in the Special Collections Gallery. Visitors to the exhibit space will be able to view a pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln; a Civil War era cannonball, likely fired by a Union Army parrot rifle during the Second Battle of Independence (Oct. 21-22, 1864); the first “Gone With the Wind” soundtrack album from the original studio recordings; and an early edition of the Pearl of Great Price.

An online portion of the exhibit, as well as suggested readings about the Civil War, will soon be available at lib.byu.edu/exhibits/civilwar. The exhibit will be on view to the public through June 2013.

Woods completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU before receiving his doctorate in Middle East studies from the University of Utah. He has lectured at many universities in America and internationally and is the author of several books and many articles dealing with the topic of Mormon migration in the 19th century.

For more information, contact Roger Layton at 801-422-6687 or roger_layton@byu.edu.

Writer: Hwa Lee

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