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Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St. St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 Phone: 802-748-8291, ext. 306 Email: mreis@stjathenaeum.org Website: www.stjathenaeum.org Date: February 15, 2013 ST. JOHNSBURY ATHENAEUM HOSTS CIVIL WAR BOOK DISCUSSION St. Johnsbury, Vermont – Jutta R. Scott, the President of the Peacham Historical Association will discuss the Association's newly published book A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham's Story on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. She will highlight the important Civil War role of St. Johnsbury and explore the lives of soldiers who had close ties to Peacham and St. Johnsbury. Jutta will be joined by Peggy Pearl, the Director of the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center who will provide additional information on the role of St. Johnsbury during the Civil War. Published in May 2012, the book vividly tells the story of the Peacham men who went to war and the families who endured life on the home front. The book features a historical overview of the units in which Peacham men served, soldiers’ letters home, a diary, memories of Andersonville Prison Camp, postwar memoirs, biographies, the story of the town Civil War monument and a detailed examination of the home front. The Vermont Historical Society honored the Peacham Historical Association with the Vermont Local Historical Societies Achievement Award for this publication. A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham’s Story, edited by Jutta R. Scott and Michelle Arnosky Sherburne, with an essay by Lynn A. Bonfield. Book design: Bodenweber Design. Now available for purchase on Peacham Historical Association's: peachamhistorical.org. Books will be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Athenaeum at 802-7488291 or visit www.stjathenaeum.org.

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