FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2012
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746

Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee Plans Upcoming Activities; Visitors to Exhibit at Courthouse Are Eligible to Win a Book

ELIZABETH, NJ – Visitors to the Union County Courthouse who have studied the special exhibit of Civil War memorabilia in the Courthouse rotunda will be eligible to win a drawing for a book about the Civil War era. The drawings will be part of the activities planned by the Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1861-65 conflict.

“The books to be offered in our drawing every other month will be appropriate for readers in a variety of age groups, ranging from young school children to adults,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, chairman of the committee. “We want to encourage visitors to the Courthouse exhibit to become involved in the Civil War commemoration and to learn more about the experiences of Union County residents during the war.”

In addition to the drawing for a book every other month, the Civil War Committee also plans to host Dr. Linda Epps to speak about the Underground Railroad and Prof. Jonathan Lurie to speak about President Abraham Lincoln. The time and place of these talks will be announced soon.

The Civil War exhibit will be on display until 2015 in the rotunda of the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street in historic midtown Elizabeth. To participate in the drawing for a Civil War book, visitors may fill out a coupon with their name, phone number and/or email address, and drop the coupon in the box provided in the rotunda.

The exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The displays will change from time to time. Anyone wishing to loan historical artifacts from the Civil War era for the exhibit can contact committee member Katherine Craig at 908-282-7617. All objects will be secured, locked and acknowledged.

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