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North Canton – Two exhibits about the American Civil War, one Ohio-centered, the other national in scope, will be on display in September and early October in North Canton.  The Ohio exhibit, “The Civil War in Ohio,” from the Ohio Historical Society, outlines how the war affected the state and how the state affected the conduct of the war.  Twelve panels complete with photographs show how the war affected Ohioans in many ways, from money to family to the music they listened to.  Dates for this exhibition are Saturday, September 6 through Saturday, October 4.

The North Canton Public Library is one of 50 sites nationwide to host “Civil War 150,” a traveling exhibition from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute in New York.  The exhibit will allow patrons to experience the battle through the eyes of major political figures, soldiers, families, and freedmen. By virtue of letters, personal accounts, and images, it will become evident how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war and the role of a president in wartime.  Dates for this display are Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, October 4.

The North Canton Library and the Heritage Society are just across Ream Ave. NW from each other, so the two institutions have planned joint activities to accompany the two exhibitions.  An opening reception, featuring a lecture delivered by humanities scholar and Walsh University Professor, Kelly Selby, will be hosted in the Library’s Little Art Gallery on Thursday, September 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance as well.  Both exhibitions will be open for the evening.

In addition to the Civil War 150 display, the gallery will feature several Civil War era artifacts on loan from the Massillon Museum’s collection as well as the artwork of Amy Lindenberger. Amy’s work depicts with great sensitivity the personal realities of the Civil War in the lives of both soldiers and civilians, and provides a wonderful complement to the battle scenes and high drama depicted by other Civil War artists.  The Heritage Society will also have period artifacts from their collection on display, including those of Henry Holl (1844-1921), New Berlin/North Canton historian, whose 1911 reminiscence of his time in the Union Army has recently been excerpted and printed by the Heritage Society.

P 620 Henry Holl

Other planned events include the following:

September 20: View the 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry encampment outside the Heritage Society from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 20: View Civil War documentaries throughout the day in the library’s Little Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

September 27: The library welcomes guitar enthusiast Steve Ball at 2 p.m. for a presentation featuring six Martin guitars as well as actual sheet music from the Civil War time period.

October 14: The North Canton Public Library invites the community to reflect and participate in October’s Readable History Book Discussion, for a group discussion of The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey.

Civil War 150” at the North Canton Public Library is a national traveling panel exhibition organized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of America. The project, Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, has been made possible in part through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

“Ohio in the Civil War” at the North Canton Heritage Society was developed by the Ohio Historical Society in partnership with the Ohio Humanities Council and American Electric Power.

For more information about the two exhibits, contact Christina Weyrick at the North Canton Public Library at 330.499.4712 x331 or and Kathleen Fernandez at the North Canton Heritage Society at 330,4494.4791 or

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