Clayton State University alumnus, graduate student and NARA archives technician Shane Bell will be one of the presenters at the upcoming symposium, “Civil War: America’s Long Struggle,” to be held at the National Archives at Atlanta (NARA), 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow.
Scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 16, the NARA Civil War program will feature a morning symposium and an afternoon display of Civil War artifacts and heirlooms entitled, "Civil War Treasures in Your Nation's Attic" to be filmed by Georgia Public Broadcasting.
The symposium begins at 9 a.m., and features a number of scholars and Civil War experts, notably Bell, who will be a presenter along with his military records specialist counterpart at the National Archives in Washington. Additional participants are the editor of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, a cultural interpreter from Andersonville, and Kenneth Noe, an academic scholar from Auburn and the author of "Reluctant Rebels."
Bell’s presentation, “Researching the Civil War at The National Archives at Atlanta,” will cover Civil War related resources held at The National Archives at Atlanta.
“I will discuss records dealing with the manufacturing of munitions in Athens, captured Confederate records, Union military draft records from Tennessee and Kentucky, records pertaining to African American soldiers, and records describing threats of guerilla violence,” explains Bell. “Basically, I'm covering the records and resources available in our facility useful for Civil War research.”
Following lunch, Georgia Public Broadcasting will film a segment called “Civil War Treasures in Your Nation’s Attic.” The segment is similar to the Antiques Road Show. The public is invited to bring in artifacts and documents from the Civil War period. Experts provided by Scott Antique Markets will select those items to be filmed, and they will talk with those individuals on camera.
The URL for the Civil War Program is http://www.archives.gov/southeast/public/2011-civil-war-program.html.