Historian Susanna Leberman of the library’s archives department will give a PowerPoint presentation depicting life in Huntsville during the Civil War on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 3 p.m., in the atrium of the main library, 915 Monroe St.
Local historian Nancy Rohr will discuss the role of women in the Civil War during two lectures: “Incidents of the War: The Civil War Diary of Mary Jane Chadick” on Monday, May 7, and “Huntsville Heroes of the Civil War – Heroines All” on Tuesday, May 8.
Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medical research. Known to science as HeLa, the first "immortal" human cells grown in culture are still alive today, and have been bought and sold by the millions. Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to East Baltimore today, where Henrietta's family struggles with her legacy.
The Thursday evening Concerts at the Library series continues with Microwave Dave Gallaher and his classic blues guitar on May 10 at 6 p.m. in the atrium of the Main Library, 915 Monroe St. Admission is free.
Dr. Bill Brockton is back with a new forensic puzzle to solve – but this time the clues are 2,000 years old and the solution may be earth-shattering. Find out more about his latest adventure, The Inquisitor’s Key, when his creators, journalist Jon Jefferson and forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, the writing team Jefferson Bass, return to Huntsville on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m.