Go If You Think It Your Duty, a Play About Love During the Civil War

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Go If You Think It Your Duty, a Play About Love During the Civil War
Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN

Dates: April 6, 2013, April 9, 2013
Time: Saturday at 2 p.m., Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Fee: $15/$11 MHS members.
Reservations: required, call 651-259-3015 or register online

War can strain the bonds of love. No one understood that better than Minnesotans Madison and Lizzie Bowler. During the American Civil War, Madison and Lizzie courted, married, became parents and bought a farm. They attended dances, talked politics and confided their deepest fears. Because of the war, however, they experienced all of these events separately, sharing them through hundreds of letters.

Written by Minnesota playwright Victoria Stewart, this original play is based on the Bowler's letters held in the Society's collection and published in the book, "Go If You Think It Your Duty," by Andrea R. Foroughi (MHS Press, 2008.) The play explores how Madison and Lizzie maintained their steadfast commitment to one another, even as they struggled to balance extraordinary duty and distance with ordinary life and love in time of war. It features live performances of Civil War-era music.

This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.