Heritage Lecture: Finding and Losing History: Lessons Learned from Two Civil Wars

Preserve Louisiana presents Heritage Lecture on Two Civil Wars, The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex with Katherine Bentley Jeffrey at the Old Governor’s Mansion on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Our history is not always where we look for it, sometimes it hides in unexpected places. In our August Heritage Lecture, Katherine Bentley Jeffrey will talk about finding a treasure trove of information about Civil War-era Baton Rouge and the war on the Mississippi in the most unlikely of places, a farmhouse in rural Quebec.  This “found history” has now been turned into a book entitled Two Civil Wars: The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and a Union Sailor on the USS Essex (LSU Press, 2016). Her illustrated lecture will discuss not only the people and the stories that her research uncovered, but the relative ease with which history, if we are not proactive in preserving it, can be lost. 

Refreshments from Calandro’s Fine Wines and Spirits are served at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Heritage Lectures are sponsored in part of Watermark Baton Rouge.

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Katherine Bentley Jeffrey is a freelance editor and writer, and an independent scholar. She has published an essay related to Two Civil Wars -- specifically the use of St. Mary's Academy in Baton Rouge as a contraband facility in 1863 -- in Louisiana History 57.3 (Summer 2016):  "The History and Provenance of a (Frequently Misidentified) Baton Rouge Civil War Photograph