Series Brings History to Life

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Series Brings History to Life


Byline: Katlyn Smith ksmith@dailyherald.com

Despite a reputation as a bloodthirsty general, Ulysses S. Grant detested blood.

Among other things, he refused to eat meat unless it was charred, veteran actor Terry Lynch discovered in his four months of research on the "Hero of Appomattox," the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War.

Personal details like that will inspire Lynch's portrayal of the former president at a History Speaks lecture at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Naper Settlement, at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville.

"He was a gentler man than people realize," Lynch, 48, said.

During an interactive, first-person presentation, Lynch will select members of the audience to help him convey Grant's relationships with his wife, classmates at the U.S. Military Academy and the man who attended his wedding and would later serve under Gen. Robert E. Lee for the Confederate South.

It's a presentation that ignores the battles and the military strategies in favor of exploring the war's polarizing effect on relationships.

"We're connecting people with the past," said Cindy Lackore, Naper Settlement's lead museum educator who's designed the lecture series lineup since 2003. "It's not all dates and places. It's about people."

The series is an opportunity to answer the if-you-could-have-dinner-with-anyone question, she said. …

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