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Author Masich Recounts a Violent Civil War Landscape

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The American Civil War was not limited to battles between North and South in the eastern United States. It had both profound implications and actual fighting in the Southwest, the consequences of which still resonate today. Andrew E. Masich, President and CEO of the Heinz History Center and author of “Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands 1861-1867” is the next speaker in the San Bernardino County Museum’s Dome Talks series on Wednesday, April 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and advance tickets are recommended.

“The story … is a convincing new way of thinking about the ‘civil wars’ that devastated the Southwest borderlands between 1861 and 1867,” said author James F. Brooks. “Indians, Hispanos, and Anglos waged war within and across ethnic divisions amid a swirl of strategies and tactics that produced a landscape of violence.”

In addition to his role at the Smithsonian affiliate Heinz History Center, Masich is chair of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and teaches history at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of The Civil War in Arizona; The Story of the California Volunteers and co-authored three other books with David F. Halaas: Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: a Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat, Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent, and Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL. Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands was published in February of this year. Copies will be available in the Museum Store before and after the talk for purchase and author signing.

Admission to a Dome Talks session is $15; museum members are charged $10. Light refreshments will be provided by the San Bernardino County Museum Association. Reservations are recommended as seats are limited; visit www.sbcountymuseum.gov/museum to purchase tickets; remaining available tickets can be purchased at the door.

Dome Talks and the County Museum’s other exciting events and exhibits reflect the effort by the Board of Supervisors to achieve the Countywide Vision by celebrating arts, culture, and education in the county, creating quality of life for residents and visitors. The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcounty/museum. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities.

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