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Bedford Branch Library (734) 847-6747
Blue Bush Branch Library (734) 242-4085
Carleton Branch Library (734) 654-2180
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library (734) 241-7878
Dundee Branch Library (734) 529-3310
Ellis Library & Reference Center (734) 241-5277
Erie Branch Library (734) 848-4420
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library (734) 289-1035
Ida Branch Library (734) 269-2191
L.S. Navarre Branch Library (734) 241-5577
Maybee Branch Library (734) 587-3680
Newport Branch Library (734) 586-2117
Rasey Memorial Branch Library (734) 848-4572
Robert A. Vivian Branch Library (734)241-1430
Senior Outreach (734) 241-5770
South Rockwood Branch Library (734) 379-3333
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library (734) 279-1025
Bedford Branch Library
8575 Jackman Rd. Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: (734) 847-6747
Fax: (734) 847-6591
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Blue Bush Branch Library
Blue Bush Branch Library
2210 Blue Bush Road Monroe, MI 48162-9643 Phone: (734) 242-4085
Fax: (734) 242-4085
Mon - Tue: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Carleton Branch Library
Carleton Branch Library
1444 Kent Street Carleton, MI 48117-0267 Phone: (734) 654-2180
Fax: (734) 654-8767
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue - Wed: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
Dorsch Memorial Branch Library
18 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161-2227 Phone: (734) 241-7878
Fax: (734) 241-7879
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Dundee Branch Library
Dundee Branch Library
144 East Main Street Dundee, MI 48131-1202 Phone: (734) 529-3310
Fax: (734) 529-7415
Mon: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Ellis Library & Reference Center
Ellis Library & Reference Center
3700 South Custer Rd. Monroe 48161-9716 Phone: (734) 241-5277
Toll Free: (800) 462-2050
Fax: (734) 242-9037
Sun: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Mon - Thu: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Erie Branch Library
Erie Branch Library
2065 Erie Rd. Erie, MI 48133-9757 Phone: (734) 848-4420
Mon: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
Frenchtown-Dixie Branch Library
2881 Nadeau Road Monroe, MI 48162-9355 Phone: (734) 289-1035
Fax: (734) 289-3867
Mon - Tue: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
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Ida Branch Library
Ida Branch Library
3016 Lewis Ave. Ida, MI 48140-0056 Phone: (734) 269-2191
Fax: (734) 269-3315
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Wed - Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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L.S. Navarre Branch Library
Navarre Branch Library
1135 East Second Street Monroe, MI 48161-1920 Phone: (734) 241-5577
Fax: (734) 241-5577
Mon: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed - Thu: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Maybee Branch Library
Maybee Branch Library
9060 Raisin St. Maybee, MI 48159-0165 Phone: (734) 587-3680
Fax: (734) 587-3680
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
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Newport Branch Library
8120 N. Dixie Hwy. Newport, MI 48166-9703 Phone: (734) 586-2117
Fax: (734) 586-1116
Mon: 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Thu: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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Rasey Memorial Branch Library
Rasey Memorial Branch Library
4349 Oak, Box 416 Luna Pier, MI 48157-4572 Phone: (734) 848-4572
Fax: (734) 848-4572
Mon: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 2:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am-1:00 pm
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Robert A. Vivian Branch Library
2664 Vivian Road Monroe, MI 48162-9212 Phone: (734)241-1430
Fax: (734)241-1430
Mon: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Senior Outreach
South Rockwood Branch Library
5676 Carleton Rockwood Road, Suite C S. Rockwood, MI 48179 Phone: (734) 379-3333
Fax: (734) 749-7485
Mon: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Tue: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Wed: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 2:00 pm-6:00 pm
Fri: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
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Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library
60 East Center St. Petersburg, MI 49270 Phone: (734) 279-1025
Fax: (734) 279-2328
Mon - Tue: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thu: 3:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
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Monroe County Civil War Round Table 2017 Winter/Spring Lecture Series

The Monroe County Civil War Round Table is a group of Civil War enthusiasts who meet to discuss all aspects of the United States Civil War.  Each month a different expert is invited to make a presentation and a group discussion follows.  The Round Table is sponsored by the Ellis Friends of the Monroe County Library System.

The Round Table meets the second Thursday of the month from September through May, at 7 pm, at the Ellis Library and Reference Center, 3700 South Custer, Monroe, Michigan, 48161.

All lectures are free and open to the public.  

Civil War Roundtable Newsletter Monroe and the Civil War Blog

2017 Schedule of Events

A Civil War Travelling Photographer & Images from the Past

Thursday, January 12 at 7 pm

The advancement in photography techniques during the Civil War allowed the common Civil War soldier to have their picture taken while away, to send home to family members for keepsakes.  Many of these images still remain in museums, personal and family collections. Photographer Robert Beech uses his talent for capturing images by producing tin type portraits for Civil War Re-enactments.  Please join us on Thursday, January 12 as Mr. Beech discusses Civil War photography and the authentic, wet-plate process he uses to produce reproductions.

 

African American Sailors in the Union Navy

Thursday, February 9 at 7pm

African American sailors were a significant part of the Union Navy, as one out of every six enlisted men was African American.  Black sailors served in most vessels, worked in almost every task and rank, and participated in battles everywhere the Civil War was fought.  Whereas the presence of black soldiers in the Union Army was a new phenomenon that appeared only in the latter half of the war, African Americans had served in the United States Navy since its inception and were actively enlisted in the Union Navy from the start of the war.  Another sharp contrast between the Union Navy and Union Army was their institutional treatment of its African American enlisted personnel.  Whereas there is a large body of work on the widespread racism in the Union Army, the Union Navy proved to be an example of egalitarianism that serves as an interesting set of possibilities if the policy had been maintained in the postwar years.  Author and Professor Steven Ramold provides in depth knowledge into this often overlooked part of the Civil War.

 

Fort Powell and the Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864

Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm

The Battle of Mobile Bay was crucial to the Union war effort.  It was the last important port on the Gulf of Mexico remaining in Confederate control.  Capture of this port would complete the union blockade and provide an ever stronger suffocating hold on the Confederates.  Victory in Mobile Bay would also contribute to the re-election of Abraham Lincoln.  Please join us as historian Ken Baumann shares his knowledge of this little discussed battle.

 

From the Old Curiosity Shop – Part 2

Thursday, April 6 at 7 pm

Put on your thinking caps for part two of this quiz type presentation by Mr. Tom Nanzig, VP of the Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.  For more than 20 years Tom has been writing a “Did you know…?” column for his Civil War Round Table Newsletter.  Tom returns with ten more intriguing stories from the Civil War.  He will introduce each story with three photographs or illustrations, giving the audience progressive clues as to the direction of each tale.  The audience is encouraged to connect-the-clues that lead to ten true tales from the Civil War.

 

Thirteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry

Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm

The history of the Thirteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment began in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on January 17, 1862.  They left Michigan and began their service as reinforcements at the close of the battle of Pittsburg Landing.  From there, they were engaged in the battles at Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga and many others.  They saw engineer duty at Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain and joined Sherman’s march to the sea.  History Professor and Executive Director of the 13th Michigan Memorial Association, Michael Culp, honors their service by sharing their story with our Round Table on Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm.