Evening Upstairs: Civil War Historian Ed Bearss

Ken Burns' "The Civil War" program offered the story of the war to a new generation. One of the featured historians in the documentary is Ed Bearss. He will be speaking at the McCracken County Public Library on Wednesday evening, April 1 at 7 pm. His topic will be Western Kentucky's importance in the Civil War.

Bearss is Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Parks Department. He was born in Montana and lived near the Little Big Horn Battlefield and so grew up with an interest in history. After graduation from high school, he joined the Marine Corps and was involved in the invasion of Guadalcanal. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Foreign Service, then received his MA from Indiana University. Vicksburg, Mississippi became his first step into a career in the National Park Service. While there, he served as park historian. He and a team of researchers located the Union ironclad gunboat Cairo and later discovered two forts at Grand Gulf, MS. He has authored several books on the Civil War and has produced historical articles and other publications. Nationally known as an expert in the Civil War, Bearss still leads tours of battlefields for the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, as well as other organizations. He retired after forty years in the National Park Service. Among his many awards is the Department of the interior's Distinguished Service Award as well as the Harry S. Truman Award for Meritorious Service in the area of the Civil War.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to the library website at www.mclib.net or call 270-442-2510.

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Published 04:16 AM, Monday Mar. 30, 2015
Updated 02:48 PM, Monday Mar. 30, 2015


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