On Saturday, May 16 at 11 am, the Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan will be the site for the Manalapan Music Muster: The Civil War in Song. Saturday will be a day devoted to Civil War music and history. Dr. David Martin, author of over 20 books on the Civil War will deliver the keynote address on the importance of music to the war effort and to the people at home. Rich Mendoza of the Libby Prison Minstrels will emcee this very special event as seven musical groups take the atage to perform music of the Civil War.
The musical groups include the Libby Prison Minstrels, the Susquehanna Travellers, the Irish Volunteers Civil War Band, Steve Ball and Lisa Williams, Jed Marum, Helen Beedle and Joe Becton. Weather permitting, the Library will also be the site of a Civil War encampment with living historians in authentic period Civil War uniforms who answer questions about the battles, the solder's preparations, their food, their daily lives and how the music help create camaraderie among the soldiers.
This program is co-sponsored by the the NJ Civil War Heritage Association and made possible by a grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities. The program begins at 11am and runs until 4 pm. For more information, call the Library at 732-431-7220 Ext. 7222.