By Joe King. [email protected]

H. Donald Winkler will speak on the Civil War a the King Family Library. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

H. Donald Winkler will speak on the Civil War a the King Family Library. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

The Sevier County Public Library System has planned a Lecture Series for the public Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

The series is designed to focus on Sevier County history at the request of library customers. Each month, authoritative speakers will present a lecture in the series focusing on a subject that involves Sevier County and its residents.

The concentration this year in the Rel & Wilma Maples History Center is the Civil War.

The United States is still commemorating the Sesquicentennial (150 Anniversary of the Civil War) and patrons have questioned how outside events affected Sevier County and its citizenry during the Civil War.

“We have quite a few books about the Civil War,” said Seymour Branch Manager David Phillips. “The topic still generates a lot of in the area.”

Phillips said he would recommend interested Seymour residents check-out Battle Cry Freedom by James McPherson. A number of battle atlases are also available.

Continuing the Civil War theme, the second event in the SCPLS History Center Lecture Series will feature H. Donald Winkler.

Winkler, a professional journalist and historian, is a retired university public-affairs executive.  He is the recipient of 84 national awards and was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 1995 and is the only person in his profession ever to be chosen.

Since retiring, Winkler has written several highly acclaimed books on Lincoln and the Civil War: The Women in Lincoln’s Life (2001); Lincoln and Booth: More Light on the Conspiracy (2003); Lincoln’s Ladies (2004); Civil War Goats and Scapegoats (2008); and Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War (2010).

Both Lincoln and Booth and Lincoln’s Ladies were nominated for prestigious book awards. Lincoln’s Ladies was rated by Today’s Books as “A Best Read”, a recognition given only to the top ten percent of new books published and distributed in America each year.

Last year Mr. Winkler donated 119 Civil War and Lincoln books to the King Family Library.

For the second event in this series, Mr. Winkler will discuss “Lincoln’s Ladies” as Mr. Winkler is one of the nation’s top authorities on the life of Ann Rutledge, Lincoln’s first sweetheart and fiancée.

The event is open to the public and will be held in the Burchfield Room on the ground floor of the King Family Library, 408 High St., Sevierville.

For more information about the History Center Lecture Series, contact Theresa Williams at 865.364.1431 or [email protected]

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