On Saturday, September 21st, the Peninsula Foundation warmly welcomed Dr. R. Blakeslee Gilpin to the G.A.R. Hall for a special Civil War Lyceum & Concert. The event began at 3:00pm when Dr. Gilpin presented the lecture Abolition, Civil War, and Ohio: John Brown and the Violent Death of a Generation. Following the lecture was a delicious dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Foundation. Finally, the Behind the Curtain String Band and Dr. Gilpin played a concert of traditional music.
Dr. Gilpin was a featured historian on PBS’ The Abolitionists and is a history professor at Tulane University. He is the author of several books, including John Brown Still Lives! America’s Long Reckoning with Violence, Equality, and Change, which was the winner of the C. Vann Woodward Prize for the best dissertation in Southern history. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The Boston Globe, The American Scholar, and The New York Times.