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Thursday, July 1

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Take a journey through lost civil war battlefields and other historic sites in this tour of the many locations that have been destroyed or become overgrown over the centuries. This unique collection of lost Civil War heritage features a wide range of sites, arranged thematically and illustrated with original photographs throughout, including lost battlefields, hospitals, forts, ships, cycloramas and much more. More than a testament to the past, however, this book, and talk, is a jumping off point. Americans know the big picture of the Great Conflict, but how many of us know about Matthew Brady’s thwarted attempt to photograph Bull Run; or the great contribution — and dreadful losses — of immigrant women to the Union war effort; or the tragic losses at sea; or the inn where the first two martyrs to the causes died: or the northern city that the Confederates burned to the ground in retribution for acts in Virginia. Laura takes you down those paths, and many more — with period photos to bring history alive. 

Laura DeMarco '95 is the author of the books “Lost Cleveland,” "Cleveland Then and Now," “Mark Twain’s American Then and Now" and the new "Lost Civil War." She is an arts and culture writer in Cleveland, Ohio. Laura specializes in history, lost landmarks and literature. She also writes about historical preservation, architecture, art, film and travel. She lectures at museums, schools, colleges and historical societies on these topics and more. She has been awarded a Commendation from the Council of the City of Cleveland, March 2018, for her commitment to preservation and reporting on historical landmarks. Her book "Lost Cleveland" was one of 20 titles named a State Library of Ohio Choose to Read book for 2019-2020. She has a degree in English literature.