Philadelphia, PA       The Penn Libraries is proud to announce an ongoing exhibit and upcoming lecture providing a glimpse into American culture during the Civil War through an ephemeral lens. The exhibit, “Civil War: An Ephemeral Lens into the Life and Times” emphasizes the importance of small, printed objects not usually meant to be kept or preserved, such as envelopes, pamphlets, handbills, and sheet music, providing a unique view of daily life on the home front and front lines of both the Union and the Confederacy. The exhibit runs through March 21st, 2016 in the Kamin Gallery on the first floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

On Friday, October 9th, eminent scholar of the American South, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities and President Emeritus at the University of Richmond, Edward L. Ayers will give a lecture that will tie into the exhibit. Dr. Ayers has authored or edited ten books, including In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863 (2003), which was awarded the 2004 Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association and the 2004 Bancroft Prize for Distinguished Book in American History from Columbia University. He also co-hosts Backstory with the American History Guys and was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2013. His lecture will take place at 5pm in the Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts located on the sixth floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

Both the lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public. Please RSVP for the lecture at: