Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


May 1, 2014

A visit with Harriet Beecher Stowe

Best-selling author comes alive for Civil War programs


Both events are part of the Andover Historical Society’s “Lest We Forget: Andover and the Civil War” series, an ongoing collaborative effort hosted by numerous institutions in town that launched last month and is being well-received.

“It’s going fantastic. The collaboration with partners throughout town is great,” said Carrie Midura, programs and public relations manager at the Andover Historical Society.

Midura said some 1,000 people attended last month’s appearance by Harvard University President and noted Civil War expert Drew Gilpin Faust at Phillips Academy to discuss her book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.” The 2008, critically acclaimed examination of how America’s understanding of death was shaped by the many casualties of the Civil War was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

Documentary film maker Ric Burns, who was the co-writer of PBS’ award-winning, 1990 documentary, “The Civil War,” which was based on Faust’s book, joined her for the program.

Memorial Hall Library caps off the month with tours of Memorial Hall, which was constructed in 1873 to honor the town’s Civil War veterans. The public will be able to view the huge marble plaques inscribed with the names of those who served, as well as artifacts specific to Andover’s history in the late 1800s. Tours will be offered on Thursday and Friday, May 29 and 30, at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, June 4, at 1 p.m. To make a reservation, email or 978-623-8401, ext. 31.

Copies of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” are available while supplies last by calling 978-623-8401, ext. 49, or emailing For more on the town’s entire Civil War series, visit

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