Civil War

From the cavemen to the hipsters of today, beards have been the hallmark of brave and manly men. For some reason, the popularity of beards skyrocketed during the late 19th century, when men became more willing to experiment with never-before-seen facial hair styles. Abraham Lincoln even grew his beard because a little girl wrote him and said he'd look more presidential with one.

A little over two years ago, sisters Anna and Julia Hider were discussing why all Civil War soldiers seemed to sport crazy beards. Their conversation quickly became the Tumblr blog "Badass Civil War Beards" which they cowrote between classes at two separate universities. The concept touched a funny bone, and Badass Civil War Beards, the book, was born.

  Later this month, Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park is presenting the world premiere of Safe House, by playwright Keith Josef Adkins.

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Many Americans tend to think of the Civil War as more glorious and less awful than its reality. In Living Hell: The Dark Side of the Civil War, Northern Kentucky University Regents Professor of History Emeritus Dr. Michael C. C. Adams gathers the voices of those who were on the firing line or in the hospital ward to create a far more realistic, and brutal, picture of the war. Dr. Adams is presenting a lecture on his work at 3 PM, April 10, in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium on the NKU campus. For more information, call the NKU Department of History and Geography at (859) 572-5461.

Michael E. Keating

Union Baptist Cemetery is tucked away in a quiet spot off Cleves-Warsaw Road in Covedale. It’s the oldest Baptist African-American cemetery in Cincinnati, run by the oldest black Baptist congregation in the city.

It’s also a monument to about 120 free black men. During the Civil War, they took up arms and fought as soldiers against a Confederate army that would have kept their people in bondage.

Wounded Home exhibit at the Lloyd Library and Museum

Jul 26, 2013

Downtown Cincinnati’s Lloyd Library and Museum is currently featuring Wounded Home, an art and book exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Jane Durrell learns about how this exhibit was assembled and what visitors can expect to find in a conversation with the library’s Anna Heran and the exhibit’s guest curator, Kate Kern.

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