Nicholas Marshall, professor of history at Marist College, will visit the Bidwell History Talk series to explore a central issue for ordinary Americans in the 19th century: the love for family members and the near constant fear of loss revealed by diaries and letters from the period.

His talk, "Love and Separation: the Great Problem for Ordinary Americans in the 19th Century," will be presented at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Tyringham Union Church, Main Road.

The cost is $15 per person, $10 for members of the museum.

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