Mark Holbrook, Marketing Manager of the Ohio Historical Society, will present “Ohio in the Civil War” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 at the Milton-Union Public Library, 560 S. Main Street, West Milton.  He will be the first speaker in a series sponsored by the New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library and the Stillwater Civil War Roundtable.

“With troops, generals, factories and farms, Ohio and Ohioans helped to change the outcome of the Civil War—and in turn the war changed Ohio and its people,” Holbrook says, “This talk will explore those changes and take a look at the contributions of Ohio and its people—its citizens, politicians, soldiers, nurses and businessmen—during America’s Civil War.”

According to the Ohio Humanities Council, Holbrook is a native Ohioan, graduate of Ohio State University and an avid student of history. He has been a Civil War re-enactor for more than 15 years and has given numerous lectures to adults and children about the life of a Civil War soldier. An author of several articles on the Civil War and reenacting, Holbrook is the editor of the regimental history of the 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  In addition to overseeing the Society’s marketing, he portrays historic characters for Society events, acts in the Echoes in Time theatre series at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus.

The New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library will host the program and serve light refreshments.  The Friends group is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to maintain an association of people interested in the welfare and promotion of the library.  They hold two book sales and a garage sale year with the proceeds being used to purchase items needed by the library.

Other speakers in the series include Richard Metzger of the Stillwater Civil War Roundtable who will present “The Battle of Ball’s Bluff and Other Stuff:  the Important Month of October 1861” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at the library.  Holbrook is scheduled to talk on “Ohio’s Unknown Generals” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at a meeting of the Stillwater Civil War Roundtable to be held at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main Street, Troy.  Jeanette Dohner, the library’s P. R. Specialist and a member of the roundtable, will finish the series with “Civil
War Ghost Stories” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, at the library.

For more information on the event or the Friends, please visit the library, call 698-5515 or go to

Mark Holbrook