Civil War is subject of MNE lecture

Civil war

History comes alive at Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus on Wednesday, April 30, when esteemed lecturer George Deutsch presents “Erie County in the Civil War” at 7 p.m. in the Alex Theatre.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is the final event in the Spring 2014 Cultural Series, facilitated and curated biannually by Patti Sullivan.

Erie County, Pa., was deeply impacted by the Civil War. An anti-slavery stronghold, the county sent two-thirds of its military-aged men to fight in the conflict, with more than a thousand never to return.

Deutsch, a well-known Civil War historian and frequent lecturer at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, will cover Erie’s contributions to the war effort and examine its demographics, economy and politics. He will also look at the war’s impact on families and the veterans after they came home.

Deutsch, an Erie native, is the co-founder of several historical organizations related to the Civil War and the War of 1812 including the Flagship Niagara League, which he led for nearly two decades. An alumnus of Mercyhurst College and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Deutsch has been twice honored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is the recipient of the 2003 Local History Award from the Erie County Historical Society.

For more information about the April 30 lecture or the Cultural Series, contact Patti Sullivan at


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