Join ‘Civil War Reader’s Theater’ on April 12
April 8, 2014
Come hear and participate in a dramatic performance of the Washington Territory’s Civil War connections April 12.
The free event starts at 1 p.m. at the Train Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. N.E.
The Issaquah History Museums has partnered with Humanities Washington to invite the community to “Territorial Voices, A Civil War Reader’s Theater,” an engaging conversation with historian Lorraine McConaghy, a member of the 2012-14 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.
As the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War continues, McConaghy has developed an interactive, living theater piece in which the audience reads the words of ordinary settlers, territorial military and administrative leadership. The reading will be preceded by a brief lecture to set context and followed by a conversation about the ideas and themes raised by our communal theater.
Through the presentation, participants will realize the changing significance of words like “Democrat” and “Republican” and learn about various opinions on race and slavery in the territory. It is one thing to hear these startling realities in a lecture; it is more powerful to speak them.
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McConaghy is a public historian who has devoted her professional life to researching and teaching Pacific Northwest history. At Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry, she has curated a series of successful projects, including the museum’s core exhibits “Metropolis 150” and “Essential Seattle,” as well as “Blue vs. Gray: Civil War in the Pacific Northwest.”
McConaghy teaches in the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, and her work has been honored by the Washington Museum Association, the Oral History Association, the National Council on Public History, and the American Association for State and Local History. In 2010, she received the Robert Gray Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Washington State Historical Society.
McConaghy lives in Seattle.