Letters from the Homefront
Monday, June 5, 2017
10 – 11 AM, Sohier Room, Main Library
Join Ohio folk singer Judy Cook and her husband Dennis for a program highlighting letters written by Judy’s Wisconsin ancestors during the Civil War. This program is the final in a series of three begun in 2015. Written from 1862 to 1863, the letters of Gilbert and Esther (Colby) Claflin offer fascinating insights into Gilbert’s camp life behind Union lines, and Esther’s life back on the Wisconsin family farm with the couple’s two teenage boys. This 1-hour illustrated program will focus on the letters Esther and her sons wrote to Gilbert while keeping the home fires burning. Judy will narrate Esther’s letters, and Dennis will provide the voice of Gilbert. Dressed in period costume, Judy will also perform a selection of sentimental songs from the period, accompanied by related images and photographs. Free and open to adults; no signup needed. Light refreshments provided.
Judy Cook performs each year throughout the United States and Britain. She is recognized for her depth of understanding and storytelling ability in ballad form, her dedication to the music and her willingness to do her research. Judy’s book about Gilbert and Esther, A Quiet Corner of the War (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013), and some of her CD recordings will be available for purchase at the program. Info: Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-921-6062, ext. 2134.