At the Idyllwild Library this week: November 13, 2014

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OUT OF THIS WORLD: Local author Bob Ferguson lecturing on “Space Travel and a Tour of the Solar System” at the Idyllwild Library Tuesday night, Nov. 4. The free event is one of many lectures offered at the library.Photo by Jack Clark

OUT OF THIS WORLD: Local author Bob Ferguson lecturing on “Space Travel and a Tour of the Solar System” at the Idyllwild Library Tuesday night, Nov. 4. The free event is one of many lectures offered at the library. Photo by Jack Clark

The Friends of the Idyllwild Library wish to announce two upcoming programs of interest for the month of November, each taking place in the library’s Community Room.

At 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, Penelope Engard will present a PowerPoint lecture on “Women Spies of the Civil War,” highlighting feminine espionage activities of both North and South before, during and after the conflict. Though these actions often led to imprisonment and/or transportation beyond respective enemy lines as the direct result, they were important in the long run and as often as not led to a significant change in the outcome of the actual battles.

Such legendary names as Belle Boyd, Pauline Cushman and Rose O’Neal Greenhow and their activities will be covered, and Ms. Engard even promises to throw more light on those actions often revealed long afterward, including ones involving women posing as men (and vice versa) for various military and civilian purposes.

Then at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, just in time for Thanksgiving, Mr. Logan Creighton will perform in the Community Room in a public impersonation as Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (or “Plimoth Plantation”). Mr. Creighton’s characterization will naturally include the chronicle of events of the Mayflower colonists’ hardships, leading up to the first joint celebration of the harvest by both settlers and indigenous peoples as compiled and told from Bradford’s known writings and speeches.

Please join the Friends for these two highly informative and enlightening historical performances. Admission is free of charge, as always, and light refreshments will be available at both events.

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