2013 Programs

Saturday, November 9, 2013
"So Clear of Victory": Emily Dickinson's Gettysburg Address

A talk by Walter L. Powell, historian

Time:  3 pm
Location:  Amherst History Museum, 67 Amity Street, Amherst
Fee:  no charge

In this 150th anniversary year of the Battle of Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln's historic speech, join the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Amherst History Museum for a lecture by Civil War historian Walter Powell.  Powell's lecture will highlight contributions made by Amherst and the region to the Battle and Lincoln's visit, with a special focus on Emily's circle, including Samuel Fiske, Samuel Bowles, and others.

Walter L. Powell was recently named the first Executive Director of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He had previously served as the Executive Director of the Conococheague Institute of Cultural Heritage in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and, for 17 years, as Director of Planning and Historic Preservation for the Borough of Gettysburg, PA. There he directed the restoration of the Gettysburg Railroad Station (built 1858), and served as the Project Historian and Borough Liaison to the National Park Service Project Team that planned the restoration and exhibit plan for the David Wills House, where President Abraham Lincoln completed the Gettysburg Address.

While  in Gettysburg Powell also served  as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and as President of the Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association (1990-2001). He has lectured widely on battlefield preservation and the Battle of Gettysburg, and is the editor (with the late Charles Hamblen) of Connecticut Yankees at Gettysburg (Kent State University Press, 1993). A graduate of Slippery Rock University, he completed his M.A. in History and Ph.D. in English at Kent State University. Dr. Powell is a past board member of the Emily Dickinson International Society.