New Winston Museum will host a presentation titled, “A Doctor Writes of Suffering: The Letters of Civil War Surgeon John F. Shaffner” on Tuesday, June 10, at 12:00 pm. Mr. Johnnie Pearson, a Civil War scholar and author living in Hickory, will present selections from his current project, the edited letters of Dr. John F. Shaffner. This event is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, The War at Home, and is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch.
Dr. John Shaffner was a Salem native who completed medical school in Pennsylvania just months before the start of the Civil War. His numerous letters home to Salem document his experiences as a war-time surgeon and provide us with a unique local perspective on the War.
The War at Home offers visitors a local perspective of the Civil War by telling the story of those who lived in the community and were affected by the conflict. This local perspective intends to engage audiences more thoroughly with the themes of place and voice and encourage a better understanding of Winston-Salem and the local community. The exhibit will run through June 28, 2014. The War at Home is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
About the New Winston Museum The Mission of the New Winston Museum is to preserve, promote, and present the dynamic history and diverse stories of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community through education and collaboration. Museum hours are Monday-Friday from Noon-5 pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm. Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted. For more information contact the Museum at 336.724.2842 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the web site at www.newwinston.org.