BRIEF: Program to look at pro-Confederate Iowa residents
NEW LONDON, Apr 14, 2012 (The Hawk Eye - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Dover Museum, 213 W. Main St. in New London, has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation, "Iowans Who Fought Against the Union," by David Connon at 1:30 p.m. April 22.
Connon is an historical interpreter at Living History Farms and is a substitute teacher.
He said most Iowans think the state was solidly pro-Union during the Civil War. After all, some 75,000 residents fought for the North. Many Iowa Democrats formed a spectrum of dissent. The majority of Democrats opposed abolishing slavery (yet favored the Union war effort); the minority sympathized with the Confederacy.
Of this group, at least 25 Iowa residents served with the South. Connon's talk will focus on five of these people and tell why their stories have been largely unknown for the past 150 years.
This is a free program, the building is handicap accessible, and refreshments will be served.
A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.
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