Open Memorial Day

The Museum will be open on Monday, May 28, from 10 am – 6 pm.

The Civil War: A Concise History
Collaborative Programs
Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Louis P. Masur
Wed, July 24th, 2013 | 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

What events caused the declaration of the Civil War over 150 ago on the grounds of Fort Sumter? Louis P. Masur’s newest book, The Civil War, masterfully contextualizes the war’s progression, highlighting key military, political, and social events, while making personal connections to soldiers’ daily lives.

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Louis P. Masur is a Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. His most recent books are The Civil War: A Concise History and Lincoln’s Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
Rain Venue: The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues). Please note that not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation and Oxford University Press.

Creative: Tronvig Group