Civil War Program Series

In the past two years, the Haverford Township Free Library has hosted a number of Civil War programs including a series of lectures/discussions on the battles and generals of the Civil War.  For this series, we were interested in examining issues/topics that don’t get as much attention when discussing the Civil War.  

Civil War Movie Essentials

December 1 - February 28

Do you like Civil War Movies and documentaries? Between December 1 and February 28 you may view HTFL Civil War movies and documentaries for FREE!  Check out our display by the DVDs on the 1st Floor.

Music of the Civil War Era

Presenter: Joseph Becton and Antoine Watts
Sunday, January 27, 2013 – 2:00pm

An interactive musical and interpretive program.  The presenters appear in 19th century style clothing and equipment.  They interpret music from Francis Johnson, 1830’s to Julia Ward How 1860’s.  They perform styles including spirituals, underground railroad songs, minstrel songs, and camp songs on guitar, flute, harmonica and voice.  Each song is accompanied by a story which frames the song in historical context.  Group participation is highly encouraged.

Joseph Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history and social studies teacher in the Philadelphia school system.  Joe earned Associate Degrees in Social Work and Social Science at Reading Area Community College, and Bachelor of Arts in History Education at the University of West Florida.  In 1997 he studied slavery at Yale University with David Biron Davis.  He has been a Marine, Park Ranger, counselor, teacher and Director of Visitor Services.  Becton has served as a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.   He has been playing music for over forty years.  He plays 18th, 19th & 20th century music including Folk, Gospel, Blues, Rag, & Jazz. 

Antoine Watts is an historian, musician and re- enactor.  As a re-enactor he is a member of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment revolutionary War group and the 3rd Regiment USCT Civil War group.  He has created civilian impressions for 18th and 19th centuries.  He is a versatile musician and vocalist; the director of a Lutheran church Choir.  Antoine plays flute and sings with a diverse collection of musicians doing styles that include classical, Victorian, and modern.

March Through Time - The Civil War Soldier

Presenter: Ken Gavin
Sunday, February 17, 2013 – 2:00 pm

This is a high energy interactive program.  The presenter is in period Union army dress and interprets a soldier from the 28th Pennsylvania Regiment.  He discusses his reasons for joining the Union army, why he is fighting, his transformation from being a civilian to a soldier and battle experiences.

Ken Gavin has over 10 years experience in living history and historical interpretation.    He has over 20 years of research and study of the Civil War Soldier.  He is a veteran presenter experienced in working with groups of all ages and demographic backgrounds.