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AT SPRING PREVIEW EVENT
"Lincoln's Navy Secretary Gideon Welles' Chronicles of the Civil War"
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
(Snow Date: Thursday, January 8)
J. Ronald Spencer, a graduate of Trinity College and Columbia University, taught U. S. history at Trinity from 1968 through 2012, specializing in courses on the antebellum decades and the Civil War Era. He is the editor of A Connecticut Yankee in Lincoln's Cabinet: Navy Secretary Gideon Welles Chronicles the Civil War, an Acorn Club book published this year and distributed by the Wesleyan University Press.
Gideon Welles, the Connecticut journalist-politician who served as Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, was not only an architect of Union victory but also a shrewd observer of people, issues, and events. Fortunately for posterity, he recorded many of his observations in his extensive diary. Mr. Spencer selected key passages from Welles's extraordinary diary and organized them topically. The result allows readers to eavesdrop on the central dramas of the day as Welles confided his feelings about Lincoln, the cabinet, various admirals and generals, the meaning of the war, and issues in his home state of Connecticut.
During his final two years as a Trinity undergraduate, Mr. Spencer worked as a reporter for the Hartford Times, which Gideon Welles edited between 1826 and 1837. During his teaching career at Trinity, he also served as Dean of Students (1971-1976), Dean of Studies (1976-1979), Special Advisor to the President (1979-1980) and Associate Academic Dean (1980-2008).
SPRING PREVIEW MEETING PARKING AND AGENDA
TUESDAY JANUARY 6, 2015
9:45-12:00 AT SEABURY, BLOOMFIELD
As usual for preview meetings, you must park at the Beth Hillel Synagogue parking lot and take the Seabury bus (it will run from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.) to the front entrance of Seabury. There is no parking available at Seabury unless you have a Handicapped Permit.
9:30 - Coffee and tea will be available at the top of the stairs until 10:45.
9:45 - Visit with course presenters and obtain information about courses. Enrollment/payment accepted.
10:15 - Heritage Hall will be vacated to set up for meeting/speaker.
10:30 - Brief membership meeting in Heritage Hall.
11:00 - Our speaker will be introduced. After his talk, there will be a short Q & A period.
12:00 - Adjournment. The shuttle will return you to the parking lot.