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April 22, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Downstairs Program Room
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Nick Adams, author in Civil War Union dress
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The Civil War: A Family Left Behind

Monday, April 22, 2019

While the Civil War battlefront story is widely known, the home front story is much less-often told.

Over 150 years ago, Corporal David Brainard Griffin left his family to join the Union army. Griffin's great-great grandson, author and historian Nick K. Adams, will share lessons learned from 100 letters home.

About Nick K. Adams
Nick K. Adams is a retired elementary school teacher, a multiple-award winning author, and an avid Civil War re-enactor and historical speaker who lives in Washington State. His book "Away at War: A Civil War Story of the Family Left Behind" earned a First Place Award at Chanticleer's Reviews and Awards Conference in their "Westerns/Civil War Fiction" category. His previously published "My Dear Wife and Children: Civil War Letters From a 2nd Minnesota Volunteer" won the "Narrative Non-Fiction" award given by Chanticleer.

About War Comes Home: The Legacy
Throughout March-April, 2019, the Menlo Park Main Library is hosting a special exhibition and program series exploring separation and reunion over multiple American wars. Showcasing veterans and their families adjusting to civilian life together–or facing the long-term costs of war–this powerful exhibition explores feelings of grief, joy, doubt, and love, bringing the real experiences of war home to all of us.

The traveling exhibition War Comes Home: The Legacy is a partnership between California Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BayTree Fund, The Whitman Fund, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

This event is free, thanks to the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.