"Posterity will owe everlasting thanks to John Brown for lifting up once more to the gaze of a nation grown fat and flabby on the garbage of lust and oppression, a true standard of heroic philanthropy, and each coming generation will pay its installment of the debt. . . . John Brown saw slavery through no mist or cloud, but in a light of infinite brightness, which left no one of its ten thousand horrors concealed." Frederick Douglass

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Historian Scott Wolfe to speak on abolitionist John Brown and his men at Springdale, Iowa
Please note that my associate and friendly correspondent, H. Scott Wolfe, will be addressing the theme of John Brown and his men at Springdale, Iowa, in a presentation before the Great Lakes Civil War Forum on September 13 2008. Scott is one of our leading JB scholars and has done a great deal of study on Brown's raiders, a much neglected topic in our era. His presentation is highly recommended. Below is the forum announcement and description with registration information. PLEASE NOTE: THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 6!
Great Lakes Civil War Forum September 13
Three speakers and a special tour of the new Civil War Museum of the Upper Middle West will highlight the Great Lakes Civil War Forum Saturday, September 13, 2008.
The museum examines the role of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan in the Civil War. The facility is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin, between Chicago and Milwaukee
Speakers include Dr. Gordon Dammann on "The Letterman Plan as Devised at
South Mountain and Antietam”; Scott Wolfe on abolitionist John Brown and his men at Springdale, Iowa, and Daniel Nettesheim, a former West Point history instructor, who will examine the career of U.S. Grant.
Registration will open at 9:00 AM and The Forum begins at 10:00 AM.
The fee for the program is $35 for the public or $30 for Friends of the Kenosha Public Museums and includes lunch. The deadline to register is September 6.
Registrations can be taken over the phone using Visa/Mastercard by calling 262-653-4140 or by mail. All mail registrations should be sent to:
The Kenosha Public Museum
5500 First Avenue
Kenosha, WI, 53140.
Please include your address, telephone, email information, and title of the event with your registration. Checks should be made out to “Kenosha Public Museum.”
The $16.7 million block-square, two-story museum features a 19,000 square foot permanent gallery entitled “The Fiery Trial,” a research center, veterans’ memorial, gift shop, second floor temporary gallery, and class and seminar rooms.
The building is located at 54th Street and First Avenue north of the Kenosha Public Museum. For information call 262-653-4140 or go to www.thecivilwarmuseum.org.

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