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Danell Haspel: Living history presentation Monday at library

The patriotic fervor that swept across the North when the first shots were aimed at Fort Sumter in 1861 did not just affect the men who enlisted in droves-women were caught up in the excitement of the cause as well.

Detroit Lakes Library will be hosting a living history presentation on “The Soldier’s Aid Society” by Vickie Wendel this Monday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.

“Hoopskirts, Union Blues and Confederate Grays: Civil War Fashions From 1861 to 1865,” by Kate Havelin.

What would you have worn if you lived during the Civil War era? It depends on who you were!

Read more about wartime fashions of the 1860s — from ankle boots to parasols and tiaras — in this fascinating book!

“The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and Social Revolution that Transformed the South,” by Bruce Levine. 

In 1860 the American South was a vast, wealthy, imposing region where a small minority had amassed great political power and enormous fortunes through a system of forced labor.

The South’s large population of slaveless whites almost universally supported the basic interests of plantation owners, despite the huge wealth gap that separated them.

By the end of 1865 these structures of wealth and power had been shattered.

Millions of black people had gained their freedom, many poorer whites had ceased following their wealthy neighbors, and plantation owners were brought to their knees, losing not only their slaves but their political power, their worldview, their very way of life.

This sea change was felt nationwide, as the balance of power in Congress, the judiciary, and the presidency shifted dramatically and lastingly toward the North, and the country embarked on a course toward equal rights.

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22: Library Club, 2 p.m. Come for interesting presentations, lively conversation and good company. All are welcome to attend.
  • Thursday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 26: Preschool Storytime, 10 a.m. Join us Thursdays and Saturdays for preschool storytime! Includes theme related stories, fingerplays and a simple craft.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Library, located at 1000 Washington Ave., is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit the website at