Martin County Library System Press Releases

June 11, 2012

Cummings Library History Lecture Series Continues June 15, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14


For immediate release:  June 11, 2012
Contact:  Susan Opasik,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations,

History Lecture Series Continues at Cummings Library  
Martin County Library System announces the continuation of a series of illustrated historical talks by Josh Liller at the Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Road, Palm City.  The programs will take place Friday, June 15, July 13, August 10 and Sept. 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Donahue Room.  Funded by the Friends of the Palm City Library, Inc., the events are free and open to the public.

Josh Liller is a former reference library assistant and lifelong history aficionado.  He currently is working toward an undergraduate degree in history.

Friday, June 15, 3-5 p.m. – The War of 1812
On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war against Great Britain.  At the time controversial and today almost forgotten, the War of 1812 was the result of both legitimate grievances and territorial greed.  Despite ending in a draw, the war served as a second American Revolution, proving Americans would not stand for British abuses against them.  The War of 1812 saw the burning of the White House, the origin of the Star Spangled Banner, destroyed most Native American military resistance east of the Mississippi, and brought to
fame the future presidents Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison.

Friday, July 13, 3-5 p.m. – Civil War 150th: Second Battle of Bull Run /Second Manassas
After several successes in the west, John Pope confidently came to Virginia to unite several
scattered armies and take Richmond.  Instead, he would be outmaneuvered and outfought by Robert E. Lee’s reorganized Army of Northern Virginia.  Pope’s army nearly came to ruin only a short distance from the previous summer’s battlefield at First Bull Run.  Confederate victory opened the way for Lee’s invasion of Maryland and Antietam.  Learn more about the entire Second Manassas campaign, including the controversies surrounding Generals James Longstreet and Fitz-John Porter.

Friday, August 10, 3-5 p.m. – The Atomic Bombs & The End of the War Against Japan
The only two atomic bombs ever used in war were dropped by the United States on Japan in August 1945.  Japan surrendered soon after, but the controversy over their use has never ended.  Did the bombs cause Japan’s surrender?  What role did the Soviet Union’s entry into the war have on Japan’s decision to surrender?  Were an invasion or the continued blockade and bombing of Japan viable alternatives to the atomic bombs?  These and other questions will be addressed.

Friday, Sept 14, 3-5 p.m. – Civil War 150th: Antietam
The armies of Robert E. Lee and George McClellan clashed from dawn till dusk near the small Maryland town of Sharpsburg in what would become the bloodiest single day in American history.  The overcautious McClellan would squander his advantages gained from Lee’s Lost Order and the Union’s 2:1 numerical superiority, but the battle ended Lee’s first invasion of the North and led to the Emancipation Proclamation.  The Army of Northern Virginia escaped to fight another day while places like The Cornfield, The Dunker Church, Bloody Lane, and Burnside’s Bridge were etched in history.

For information about other Martin County Library System events, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, visit the library website at, or call (772) 221-1403.



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