Margaret Junkin Preston, Poetess of the Confederacy to appear September 18

Raylene Hlavaty of Jeromesville will portray Mrs. Preston.

On September 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., Margaret Junkin Preston, Poetess of the Confederacy, will appear at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster. She’ll tell us of her inspiring life as a Northern woman married to a Southern man in the midst of the Civil War.

Margaret Junkin Preston shared the sufferings and passions of the South. Her book “Beechenbrook: A Rhyme of the War” was beloved throughout the South as a tribute to the families devoted to the “lost cause”. Throughout a life filled with loss and disrupted by war, her faith in God and devotion to family gave her strength to persevere.

Beyond her achievements as a poet she was also surrounded by influential men: her father was the president of Washington College, her husband was the founder of the Virginia Military Institute and her brother-in-law was “Stonewall” Jackson.

Local resident, Raylene Hlavaty of Jeromesville, is sure to do an outstanding job portraying Mrs Preston. The presentation will be introduced by a sampling of Civil War songs accompanied by guitar and harmonica.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which was publicly announced September 22, 1862, the Proclamation will also be read during the program.

This free program is one of many, offered by the Civil War Roundtable, in collaboration with the Wayne County Libraries, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The public is invited.

Located in the Conference Room of the Library, the program is handicap accessible and is suitable for all ages.

We hope to see you there!

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