Exhibit Highlights Hawaii’s Involvement In Civil War

Second City Spotlight… Rep. Sharon Har

Recently, my husband and I went to watch the movie Lincoln, an inspiring movie that reminded me of the significance of the Civil War and its place in our nation’s history.

State Rep. Sharon Har with members of the Hawaii State Civil War Association Tory Liatila (left) and Phil Lingenfelter, as re-enactors of soldiers from the Civil War. Photo courtesy of Rep. Har.

In Kapolei, we are fortunate to be educated (or re-educated) about the Civil War, which is why I am shining this week’s “Second City Spotlight” on the Traveling Exhibition “Civil War 150.”

This exhibit was launched Jan. 29 at Kapolei Library and will continue through this Saturday.

It is presented by the Library of America in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, with support from a supporting grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The exhibition show cases books pertaining to the American Civil War, along with special subject matter such as the abolitionists, the cast of soldiers, the battles of the Civil War and, of course, President Abraham Lincoln. Special events throughout the exhibition include:

• Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m.: Book discussion of Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. This book was first published in 1895 and is among the foremost literary achievements of the modern era. The discussion leader will be Todd Sammons, UH Manoa associate professor. Students and adults are welcome; no registration is required.

• Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m.: “This Cruel War: Strategic Concepts in the Civil War” in which strategy, tactics, technology, the great military leaders and key campaigns of the Civil War are analyzed. This discussion will be led by Hawaii Pacific University professor Justin Vance.
• Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m.: “The Hawaii Sons of the Civil War” in which his- torians Nanette Napoleon and Anita Manning will discuss Hawaii’s role in the Civil War despite King Kamehameha IV’s declaration that the Hawaii Kingdom remain neutral. This presentation will focus on the contribution of Hawaii’s soldiers and how their families at home in Hawaii helped support and care for the wounded.

The Kapolei Library is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition also will be shown at the University of Hawaii West Oahu Campus Library from Feb. 11 to 16.

We are fortunate to have such an exhibition in our Second City, so it is my sincere hope that you and your families will be able to visit the exhibition.

For more information about events, please call Sheryl Lynch, Kapolei librarian at 693-7050.

Contact state Rep. Sharon Har, District 49 (Makakilo/Kapolei) at 586-8500 or email her at rephar@capitol.hawaii.gov.