Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 27, 2014

'Lest We Forget'

Series explores Civil War's impact on Andover


“Personally, I find it remarkable that Andover was not just the home to author Harriet Beecher Stowe whose novel, ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin,’ had contributed significantly to the anti-slavery movement in the country, but also how Andover was the summer residence of President Franklin Pierce, whose pro-Southern leanings and support for the Kansas-Nebraska Act contributed significantly to the secessionist crisis ...,” Morris said.

“It’s amazing to think that these two persons with such divergent views and who changed the course of our nation’s history walked the very same streets at roughly the same time.”

Series Highlights

MUSIC OF THE CIVIL WAR MUSIC: Boston Saxophone Quartet performance Sunday, March 30, 2:30 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

NORTH & SOUTH LECTURE SERIES: Afternoon lecture series presented by historian Don Robb and exploring why the Civil War happened, focusing on the split between the North and South and the people who came together to form a more perfect union; Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24 and May 1, 2 p.m., Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court. Cost $15; registration required, call 978-623-8321.

‘FACES OF ANDOVER:’ Andover Historical Society exhibit showcasing the impact of the Civil War on Andover, featuring 80 pieces, including photographs of Andover soldiers retrieved from Pennsylvania by historical society program manager Carrie Midura with assistance from longtime historical society volunteer Jim Batchelder, who visited Spotsylvania and cemeteries in Virginia; opening event Friday, April 11, 7 p.m., Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St.

‘DEATH AND THE CIVIL WAR:’ Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, an American historian and Harvard’s first female president, and Civil War filmmaker and documentarian Ric Burns will discuss Burns’ documentary on Faust’s book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” looking at the staggering death toll of the Civil War and the way it changed the nation; presented by Phillips Academy; lecture on Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Cochran Chapel, 2 Chapel Ave.; film screening of”Death and the Civil War,” Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m., Kemper Auditorium, 5 Chapel Ave.; both programs open free to the public.

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