By Sadie Hunter
The Indiana Historical Society is giving area residents a chance delve into Civil War-era letters from soldiers, wives, friends and family members when it will hold a special program on Nov. 12 in light of Veterans Day on Nov. 11
“Tales of War from Indiana’s Civil War Regiments” will take place from 11 a.m. to noon at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis.
Speaker L. Bao Bui, a visiting assistant professor from Ball State University, will use the letters to show how Hoosiers lived through and experienced the Civil War through the writing and sharing of personal triumphs and tragedies.
“Tales of War” is included with admission to the Indiana Experience, which is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids, ages 5 to 17. IHS members and children under 5 are free. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The Indiana Experience’s current exhibit is “You are There: Eli Lilly at the Beginning,” which explores Colonel Lilly’s first Indianapolis laboratory and his own Civil War experiences.
IHS offers complimentary admission year-round for active military personnel and their immediate families through the Blue Star Museum Program.
To register for “Tales of War” visit indianahistory.org. For more, call 317-232-1882.
Meet L. Bao Bui
L. Bao Bui received his doctorate in history from the University of Illinois in May 2016. His dissertation examined epistolary privacy in the letters of Civil War soldiers. He holds degrees in English literature from Pomona College and in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. At the University of Illinois, he has taught courses on military history, the Civil War, media studies, human rights, Jane Austen and the politics of food. He currently is a visiting assistant professor in the history department at Ball State University.