Free Book Talks

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July 15, 2018
1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Janet Croon on the book The War Outside My Window, The Civil War Diary of Leroy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865.

About the Book

The War Outside My Window, edited and annotated by Janet Croon with helpful footnotes and a detailed family biographical chart, captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body slowly failed him. Just as Anne Frank has come down to us as the adolescent voice of World War II, LeRoy Gresham will now be remembered as the young voice of the Civil War South.

About the Author

Janet Croon has recently retired from teaching advanced high school history in Fairfax County, Virginia. Originally from the Chicago area, she has lived in several places, including Dayton, OH, Albuquerque, NM, and Wiesbaden, Germany before eventually ending up in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

She holds degrees from the University of Illinois (BA ‘83) in Political Science, Modern European History, and Russian Language and Area Studies and the University of Dayton (MA ‘85) in International Relations.

August 5, 2018
A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virginia; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Laura A. Macaluso on the book A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virignia.

Laura A. Macaluso demonstrates the many facets of the man, the scholar and the statesman in this guide to the Virginia he loved. Laura Macaluso, Ph.D., holds degrees in art history and the humanities from Southern Connecticut State University, Syracuse University in Italy and Salve Regina University.

August 12, 2018
The Story Train; 1:30 p.m; Free

Get on the train and journey through a world of books aimed at younger readers (ranging in ages Preschool through ten). Listen to stories, visit with children’s book authors and illustrators, and enjoy special family activities.  Featured book is All Aboard for Manassas! A Dog's Tale of Adventure with Author Kristen Henneke and Illustrator Nancy Mitchell.

September 2, 2018
September Mourn, The Dunker Church of Antietam; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Terry Barkley on the book September Mourn, The Dunker Church of Antietam.

August 5, 2018
A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virginia; 1:30 p.m; Free

Free Book Talk with Author Laura A. Macaluso on the book A Guide to Thomas Jefferson's Virignia.

About the Book

The Dunker Church is one of the most iconic structures of the American Civil War. Surprisingly, few people know much if anything about its fascinating story or the role it played within the community of Sharpsburg and its importance during and after the Battle of Antietam. September Mourn: The Dunker Church of Antietam by Alann D. Schmidt and Terry W. Barkley rectifies this oversight in the first book-length study of its kind.

About the Author

Terry Barkley retired in 2012 as director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives (BHLA) at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Illinois. That year, under the auspices of the Brethren Historical Committee, Barkley delivered the 150th anniversary commemorative lecture on the Dunker Church of Antietam Battlefield at Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren in St. Louis. Terry previously served as archivist and museum curator at Bridgewater College in Virginia, a Brethren-related institution. He holds degrees and a graduate certificate from the University of North Alabama, The Citadel, University of Alabama, and Harvard University.

 Terry is an independent scholar and musician who lives in Lexington, Virginia. This is his fourth book.