West Lafayette History Open House May 2

WL Hist Spring 2015  Open House

Lincoln's Reconstruction (Free Public Lecture)




Free Public Lecture

Lincoln's Reconstruction Experiments

By Dr. Robert May, Ph.D., Professor of History, Purdue University

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

West Lafayette Public Library


Lafayette, Indiana- The Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the West Lafayette Public Library will host Dr. Robert May, Ph.D., Professor of History at Purdue University, in a free public lecture as part of the month- long commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and the death of President Abraham Lincoln.  The lecture will be held at the Elm and Walnut Room of the West Lafayette Public Library on Wednesday, April 29th at 6:00 pm.

In his presentation, Professor May will challenge your sense of historical time. That is, he will argue that "Reconstruction" began at the very beginning of the Civil War rather than, as is commonly believed, at its end. His talk will explain Abraham Lincoln's program for readmitting the seceded slave states to the Union, describe how it evolved as the war lengthened, and contrast it with the plans of "radical" members of his own Republican Party who hoped to punish Confederates for the war and totally transform the southern states before allowing them back in the Union. Professor May will remind us that significant policy disputes roiled Civil War Washington much as they do Congress today. 

Professor May has published numerous books and articles in American history, including Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Future of Latin America, a finalist for the 2014 Lincoln Book Prize.




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Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 6:45pm

West Lafayette Public Library

Rated R, 111 minutes

Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994, Farinelli dramatizes the life of Carlo Broschi, the most famous castrato singer of the 18th century. Under the stage name Farinelli, Broschi uses his phenomenal voice to promote the music of his brother Riccardo, a mediocre composer. When the singer is given the opportunity to work with the great composer Handel, his brother's jealously and Farinelli's own poorly chosen career alliances stand in his way. To recreate the sound of a castrato voice, the film combines the voices of soprano Ewa Mallas Godlewska and countertenor Derek Lee Regin in a sublime tribute to the art of bel canto singing.


WALLA & Friends Present:



Monday, May 11 at 6:45 p.m.

at the West Lafayette Public Library

104 minutes, PG

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. 


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