Dr. Gary Gallagher, a Civil War Scholar, will be the annual keynote speaker at the 2012 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture. This year's lecture will be held in the Lower Level Theater of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 PM.
Gallagher's lecture is entitled, "A Real Lost Cause: The Disappearance of Union from the Memory of the Civil War."
Dr. Gallagher earned a PhD from the University of Texas and is the John L. Nau, III Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He also has a Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of several books, including, The Union War, The Confederate War, Lee and His Army in Confederate History, and Lee and Generals in War and Memory. The professor has edited and co-authored over a dozen other books in his career, as well.
Dr. Gallagher will attend a brown bag (bring your own) lunch at the Allen County Public Library on September 11 at 11:30. He will present a preview of his evening lecture and engage in dialogue from the public. Following lunch, he will be given a tour and briefing of the library's digitization process. He will also attend other events that afternoon and a dinner with supporters and board members of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana. He will then present the McMurtry Lecture at 7:00 PM in the Theater.
The annual R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture is presented by the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana and the Friends of the Allen County Public Library. This year's sponsor of the brown bag lunch and the reception, after the lecture, is the Lutheran Health Network. Admission into the lecture is free, and a post lecture reception will be held at the library.