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CORRECTED: Howard Coffin to speak at a Civil War conference in St. Albans

Correction: The date of the Civil War event in St. Albans is Saturday October 26th NOT the 28th.

NEWS RELEASE -- Vermont Academy of the Arts and Sciences
Aug. 30, 2013

Connell Gallagher, President, Vermont Academy of the Arts and Sciences
(802) 899-3034

Vermont renowned Civil War historian Howard Coffin will be the featured speaker at a conference on the "Vermont in the Civil War: 1863" to be held at the Saint Albans Historical Museum on October 26, 2013.

The day-long event, organized by the Vermont Academy of the Arts and Sciences (VAAS), will bring together nationally-known scholars, Civil War buffs and local experts.

"It is an event for the whole family," said VAAS President Connell Gallagher. "In addition to attending presentations about Vermont during the Civil War and St. Albans at that time, people will also have a chance to learn about the oldest standing RC church in Vermont and hear an organ recital at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. There will be guided historical tours of St. Albans and of the Museum," he added.

Howard Coffin will focus on 1863, the year of the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation and of the Battle of Gettysburg. He will place Vermont’s participation in the war within this framework. This well-respected historian, whose ancestors served in Vermont Civil War regiments, is the author of numerous books including Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War (1993) and Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont (2013).  Coffin’s talk is co-sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

The event is free and open to the public.

The conference registration is at8:30am and the start time is 9am. The conference runs until 3pm. A box lunch can be orderer in advance for $5.00. Contact Connell Gallagher or (802) 899-3034

Fall Conference, Saturday Oct. 26, 2013

St. Albans Historical Museum

Church Street, St. Albans, VT

8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Welcome

9:15 Howard Coffin “Vermont in the Civil War: 1863, the Decisive Year.”

10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Slide Show on the Smith Family of St. Albans

10:45 James Murphy “St. Albans in the 1860s”

11:30 Box lunch

1:00 Rev. Brian O’Donnell “Hist. of Immaculate Conception Church”

1:30 Dr. William Tortolano ‘Organ recital”

2:00 Tour of St. Albans OR Historical Museum

3:00 VAAS Annual Members Meeting

3:30 Free Time

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