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The Civil War’s 150th Anniversary – Commemoration Program Presented by the Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

The Civil War’s 150th Anniversary – Commemoration Program Presented by the Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

WHAT: The community is invited to a full day of programs in commemoration of the Civil War’s 150th Anniversary. These programs are presented by Houston Public Library’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. The programs will offer a look into the lives of the brave men and women who lived and fought during the war. The programs are free and open to the public. For details visit or call 832-393-2600.

WHO: Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG, President and CEO of Heritage Books, will offer helpful information on genealogical Civil War research. Scott will discuss Confederate records, information found in Civil War pension records and in medical records, and offer a look into the harsher side of the conflict.

Bestselling historical fiction author, Robin Oliveira, will also discuss her book “My Name is Mary Sutter.”

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10:30 AM until 4:30 PM

WHERE: The 1926 historical Julia Ideson Building, 550 McKinney, 77002, 832-393-1662

Scheduled Programs Include:

10:30AM – 11:30AM | Civil War Confederate Records – Researching Confederate soldiers during the Civil War can be challenging. This lecture will be an overview of records that are available for research for the “boys in grey” that valiantly fought for the South.

11:45AM – 12:45PM | Civil War Pensions – Payment of pension to American Civil War veterans can be a rich source of information regarding their service during the war and the life of the pensioner after the war. These records are housed in many locations depending on which side they fought. A presentation of the records and repositories will be highlighted.

1PM – 2PM | Medical Records in the Civil War – These records can offer a deeper look into the individual Civil War soldier’s history and stories regarding their service in the American Civil War. Found mostly in original source documents this group of records offer a special look into the harsher side of the conflict.

2:30PM – 4:30PM | Robin Oliveira – Historical fiction writer, Robin Oliveira, author of “My Name is Mary Sutter” will discuss her book and the writing of the book as the last session of the afternoon.

About Craig Roberts Scott
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG is President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-seven years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those relating to the military.

About Author Robin Oliveira
Robin Oliveira grew up outside Albany, New York, in Loudonville. She holds a B.A. in Russian and studied at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow, Russia. She is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care and bone marrow transplant. Oliveira received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2007, she was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for “My Name Is Mary Sutter.” She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two children.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. Serving more than 4 million customers per year, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials, and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7. For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at or call 832-393-1313.


Sandra Fernandez
Manager of Public Relations
Houston Public Library
832.393.1381; cell 713.435.9448

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