Living History Presentation Continues Civil War Commemoration in Harford County

From the Harford County Public Library:

Stories from one of American history’s most revered women, Clara Barton, filled the Fallston Library on April 11. With over 50 in attendance, Mary Ann Jung portrayed Barton during a living history presentation that spanned Barton’s brave life as a teacher, government worker, Civil War nurse and eventual founder of the American Red Cross.

Through enthralling stories and interaction from the audience, Jung was able to portray Barton’s independent spirit and perseverance despite meeting much opposition throughout her life. Jung shared with the audience that of all the historical women that she portrays, Barton is her favorite character to perform and the one she wants to be remembered by.

“Through her living history presentation, Jung communicated so clearly what the life of Clara Barton was like and seamlessly drew her audience into this heroic woman’s emotional experiences on the battlefields during the Civil War,” commented Joyce Wemer, Fallston Library Branch Manager. “It was truly an amazing and captivating performance.”

The program was one of many happening this spring at Harford County Public Library to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. Civil War 150, a series of events and exhibitions that explore this tumultuous time in American history, runs through June. Visit HCPLonline.org for more information and related programming.

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 176,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

Photo caption: Mary Ann Jung portrayed Clara Barton at the Fallston Library on April 11, 2013 during a Living History Presentation. The program is one of many happening this spring at Harford libraries to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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