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Explore the Civil War, Beyond the Battlefield with Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Park Rangers

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Date: December 11, 2020
Contact: Stacy Humphreys, 270-358-3137

Hodgenville, KY. - The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park invites you to read a book with Park Rangers through their book club “Parks and Pages” in 2021. This is a continuation of the popular program that began last year. The first book club discussion will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021, at 3:00pm (EST)

The theme for the book club for 2021 will be “The Civil War: Beyond the Battlefield” where the topics of civilians, African American experiences, medicine, prisoners of war, and others will be examined. Participants can join in the discussion by coming to the Birthplace Visitors Center or join virtually through the park’s Facebook page using the “Facebook Live” feature. This year several other national parks will be joining in some of the discussions! Please see the schedule for more details.


2021 Parks & Pages

The Civil War: Beyond the Battlefield, Civilians, Medicine and More

Book Club will be held the 3rd Friday of every month at 3pm EST

January 15, 2021 – Within Lincoln’s Circle: Behind the Scenes by Elizabeth Keckley (pg 166)

February 19, 2021- Black History Month

Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps by Amy Murrell Taylor (pg 368) (this book presentation will be done in cooperation with Camp Nelson National Monument)

March 19, 2021- Womens History Month

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War by H. Donald Winkler (pg 352)


April 16, 2021- Earth Day

Nature’s Civil War: Common Soldiers and the Environment in 1862 Virginia by Kathryn Meier Pg 236


May 21, 2021- Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Pukoko: A Hawaiian in the American Civil War by Wayne Moniz pg 254

(this month will be done in conjunction with Pearl Harbor (War in the Pacific) as they are starting their own book club)


June 18, 2021 - Pride Month

The Wound Dresser by Walt Whitman (pg 230)


July 16, 2021- African American Civilian Perspective

Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis by Karsonya Wise Whitehead (pg. 277)


August 20, 2021- Civil War Medicine

Bleeding Blue and Gray: Civil War Surgery and the Evolution of American Medicine by Ira Rutkow (pg320)


September 17, 2021- Journalists and Prisoners of War

Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy: A Civil War Odyssey by Peter Carlson (pg 288) (this month will be done in partnership with Andersonville National Historic Site and the 3rd Friday in September is traditional observed as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.)


October 15, 2021- Disabilities Awareness Month

Shook over Hell: Post-Traumatic Stress, Vietnam, and the Civil War

by Eric T. Dean Jr. (pg 352)


November 19, 2021- Native American History Month

Caught in the Maelstrom by Clint Crowe (pg 288)


December 17, 2021- Victorian Christmas

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (pg 64)


For more information on the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, visit the park’s website at: or the park’s Facebook page at

Last updated: December 11, 2020

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2995 Lincoln Farm Road
Hodgenville, KY 42748


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