History Book Club Examines Iconic Civil War Event


In “Gone With the Wind,” the camera pulls back to reveal hundreds of wounded gray-clad soldiers in the foreground and the blazing city of Atlanta behind them, casting a red glow, like the hellishness of war, over the entire scene.

It’s a remarkable moment in one of the most famous movies, but how close to the actual event is it?  Join historian Dr. Stan Adamiak as he leads a discussion of Marc Wortman’s book “The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta” at the Thursday, May 19 meeting of The History Book Club at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, from 6:30-8:00p.m.

“Our History Book Club meets every other month,” said Edmond Library Manager of Operations Angela Thornton, “and it’s been one of our proudest success stories.  The discussion at each meeting is led by a history professor from the University of Central Oklahoma.  The sessions are for adults and it’s all free.”

“The Bonfire” is as much a recounting of the lives of Atlantans at the time as it is a military history, shedding light on life in the Civil War era South.

The History Book Club is co-sponsored by the University of Central Oklahoma.  Call the library at 341-9282 with questions, or for more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.