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Register now for THNOC's symposium on Louisiana's Civil War experience

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Media Contact:
Lauren Noel, The Historic New Orleans Collection
(504) 556-7655 | laurenn@hnoc.org

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Register now for THNOC's symposium on Louisiana's Civil War experience 

Scholars will discuss a variety of topics at the event on Jan. 25 in New Orleans

 

December 2013 | New Orleans, LA - In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War,

The Historic New Orleans Collection's 19th annual Williams Research Center Symposium will bring eight scholars together to discuss a variety of perspectives on the pivotal struggle. The all-day event, "Home Front, Battlefront: Louisiana in the Civil War," will take place Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at the Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., in the French Quarter.          

The presentations will explore Louisiana's experience during the war, while relating wartime events to broader and timeless themes. Topics include Benjamin Butler's infamous proclamation concerning Confederate women in New Orleans, Abraham Lincoln's approach to diplomacy, the experience of Union soldiers in occupied New Orleans and the development of photography during the war.

Gaines Foster, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Louisiana State University, will serve as the symposium moderator. Speakers include Jacqueline Glass Campbell, associate professor of history, Francis Marion University; Michael Fraering, curator, Port Hudson State Historic Site; Howard Jones, University Research Professor Emeritus of History, University of Alabama; Andrew Lang, postdoctoral teaching fellow, Rice University; Kelby Ouchley, biologist/author; Patricia Ricci, director of Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans; and Jeff Rosenheim, curator in charge, department of photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Registration is required and rates range between $40 and $85. Registration fees include the full day of presentations plus special viewings of the companion exhibitions, "Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War,"on Friday, Jan. 24, and "Civil War Battlefields and National Parks: Photographs by A. J. Meek," following the event, where attendees will have an opportunity to meet the speakers and the exhibitions' curators. For more information, including a complete schedule of talks and links to online registration, visit www.hnoc.org/programs/symposia.html.

The 19th annual Williams Research Center Symposium is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection with support from ClearBridge Advisors, A Legg Mason Company; Villere & Co.; Hotel Monteleone; LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors; Bywater Woodworks, Inc.; Premium Parking and Solaris Garage.

Two companion exhibitions

In addition to the symposium, THNOC is presenting two companion exhibitions on the Civil War. "Occupy New Orleans! Voices from the Civil War," on view at 533 Royal St., taps the experiences of ordinary men and women to illustrate daily life during one of the most monumental periods in American history. The display, which consists of more than 100 items, includes personal correspondence, journals and other materials from THNOC's manuscript collections, as well as loans from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and Louisiana's Civil War Museum at Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans.  The exhibition will remain on view through March 9, 2014. The galleries are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The second exhibition, "Civil War Battlefields and National Parks: Photographs by A. J. Meek," features recent photographs by Louisiana artist A. J. Meek of five Civil War battlefield parks:  Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Shiloh, Antietam and Vicksburg. Meek, a retired professor of photography at LSU, began documenting Civil War battlefields throughout the country in 1993. The University of Missouri Press published the completed project in 2001 as "Gettysburg to Vicksburg: Photographs of the First Five Civil War Battlefield Parks." The images in the exhibition are drawn from this publication and were included in Meek's donation of his archive to The Historic New Orleans Collection. The exhibition is on view in THNOC's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art, 400 Chartres St., through April 5, 2014. The galleries are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

About The Historic New Orleans Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org or call (504) 523-4662.

Editor's Note:
Images pertaining to the symposium and the related programming are available to members of the media. Contact Lauren Noel at laurenn@hnoc.org or (504) 556-7655 to make a request.

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