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Northland Library's June Programs/Events
Part 2

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VOICES FROM THE ATTIC: THE WILLIAMSTOWN BOYS IN THE CIVIL WAR

Imagine clearing out your family attic only to discover hundreds of letters written during the Civil War. That’s what happened to Carleton Young, who went on to write Voices from the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War. This is the story of two brothers who witnessed and made history by fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. Rediscovered after 150 years, their letters offer fascinating insight as seen through the eyes of two soldiers fighting in America’s Civil War.

Join us on Thursday, June 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. to learn how Carleton researched and wrote the book, and how these letters related to the larger course of the war. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Registration is required. Please register.

CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S RED LETTER DAYS

Join us on Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. to find out what went on behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplin’s comedy studio! In 1916, Fred Goodwins, one of the actors in Chaplin’s company, wrote 37 articles about working with Chaplin for the British magazine Red Letter. Recently re-discovered, these articles were compiled and released in the book Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days. At this talk, annotator Dan Kamin will reveal the fascinating private world of Hollywood’s first superstar!

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: THE HAUNTED MIND

Remembered today for his novels like The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, Massachusetts author Nathaniel Hawthorne focused on tales and short stories for most of his career. Due to his reclusive nature, however, Hawthorne never offered a public reading in his lifetime and, in fact, often scorned the fame which he earned. For this presentation on Thursday, July 6 at 7 p.m., however, the author himself (portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella) will return to read some of his short works which explore the dark side of human nature. A question and answer session will follow the performance.

About the presenter: Rob Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century.

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