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7/28/2015 - The Challenges of Civil War Disability

Program Information: Nona Miller, Curator of Education
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day)
General Museum Information: Susan Hawksworth, Director
Phone: 785.309.5776 (day) 785.825.6306 (evening)

The Challenges of Civil War Disability

When most Americans think about the Civil War, they tend to remember the grand battles, vibrant personalities, or the staggering death toll that shocked the nation. Largely forgotten are the thousands of wounded soldiers who returned home missing a limb or suffering from an injury. Join Dr. Brian Craig Miller as he shares about the challenges these men faced on Thursday August 6 from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Smoky Hill Museum. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Dr. Brian Craig Miller teaches history at Emporia State University. He has researched, published, and lectured extensively about the public memory of the Civil War and serves as associate editor for the journal Civil War History.
“For most Americans, their knowledge of the Civil War pertains to the grand battles or prominent leaders. Yet, we know very little about what happened to veterans once the firing stopped,” noted Miller. “Thousands of veterans faced enormous challenges in the shape of physical and emotional disability, to the point that it forced them to completely reconfigure their relationships within their family, their communities, and their nation.”
The Smoky Hill Museum is a nationally accredited history museum, in the heart of downtown Salina, Kansas. This FREE museum is open Tuesday-Friday 12-6, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. Also, be sure to stop by the Museum Store for a wide variety of regional and Kansas products, local artwork and gifts for all ages.
For needed accommodations, please call Nona Miller at 309-5776 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least 5 working days prior to the event.