Brother John Vietoris speaks on end of Civil War

Brother John Vietoris to speak at ''Lincoln and the End of the Civil War'' Discovery Dinner

Published: April 9, 2015.


Brother John Vietoris, FSC,



People all over the world are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, and the events seem even more tragic in the light of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln shortly after the war ended.

Brother John Vietoris, FSC, associate professor and chair of history at Lewis University, will address the close of the war and the Lincoln Funeral Train, which passed through Lockport, in a Discovery Dinner April 30 at the Gaylord Building.

"From the memorials in our courthouse squares to the Lincoln head pennies in our pockets, we carry a bit of the Civil War and its legacy with us,” said Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history.

The dinner program is a chance to hear a great speaker reflect on the war and its immediate aftermath and learn a bit more about the Lincoln Funeral Train that made its way from Washington, D.C. to Springfield.

Prior to the dinner program, participants are encouraged to visit Lockport's Lincoln Landing, which is located in front of the Gaylord Building, and to view the site’s temporary exhibits. The exhibits include “Visions of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor at 30” and “Lockport on View: Canal Community.” Both draw on images from Lewis University's Adelmann Regional History Collection. The exhibits are available to view until May 20.

The evening will start with dinner at 6 p.m. and be followed by Vietoris’ presentation. The cost of the event is $25 and reservations are required.

For reservations or for more information, please contact info@gaylordbuilding.org or 815-838-9400. The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Gaylord Building is located at 200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, Ill.

Vietoris grew up in Joliet and earned an undergraduate degree from Lewis University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate from Marquette University. Vietoris is the chair of the History Department at Lewis University. He has taught the Civil War course for many years.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,700 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.



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