Saturday April 20, 2013

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, April 21 at, 2 p.m., the Bennington Historical Society presents author Bill Morgan who will speak about Bennington’s role in the Civil War. These programs, held in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum, are free and open to the public.

Many people often think of Bennington in terms of its relationship to the Revolutionary War. This war is often referred to by residents of Bennington as "our war." However, the American Civil War holds the sad distinction of having the most men from Bennington killed in battle. Over 1,000 men went to war from Bennington County, and nearly one third of those soldiers were killed, wounded, or suffered from disease. In his presentation, Morgan explores Bennington’s role and cites many of the related facts - both well known and little known. Examples include the fact that all of the machinery used to produce gunpowder was made in Bennington, and a Bennington native was instrumental in the building of the USS Monitor. When it came to First Ladies, the First Lady of the Confederacy, Mrs. Jefferson Davis, visited a friend whose Old Bennington home once stood on the site of the Bennington Monument, and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln passed through Bennington on her way to Manchester. More facts will be included in this interesting presentation.

About the Presenter

Bill Morgan is an American writer, editor and painter. He is most well known for his work as an archivist and bibliographer for public figures such as Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and other Beat writers, including the acclaimed biography, "I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg." For nearly 40 years, Morgan has worked as an editor and archival consultant for many members of the Beat Generation. He currently serves as the president of the Bennington Historical Society, and lives in Vermont.

About the Museum

The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main St. (Route 9), Bennington in the Shires of southwestern Vermont. It celebrates Vermont’s Art, History and Culture with the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings as well as the largest collection of 19th century Bennington pottery;, Vermont paintings, decorative arts and folk art, 18th century to present; one of the earliest ‘stars and stripes’ in existence; a 1924 Wasp Touring Car, military artifacts, and more. The museum is open Thursday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students over 18. Admission is never charged for younger students or to visit the museum shop. Visit the museum’s website www.benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for more information.