CLE & The Civil War: For Their Own Cause – Kelly D. Mezurek


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required
Stories about the 27th United States Colored Troops




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Chicken Noodle Soup
    • Stewed Beef
    • Apple Pie


    Story topic this week…

    CLE & The Civil War: For Their Own Cause
    During this Cleveland Sessions panel, acclaimed history professor and author, Kelly D. Mezurek shares her extensive knowledge of the Civil War Era with rich details culled from private letters and files. Mezurek’s book For Their Own Cause is the first comprehensive history of the 27th United States Colored Troops (USCT), Northern Union black soldiers and their families during and after the Civil War.


    Kelly D. Mezurek Bio

    Kelly D. Mezurek, a Lorain County native, is a professor of history at Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. Her book, For their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops (2016), a 2017 Ohioana Book Award finalist in the category Nonfiction, is available from The Kent State University Press. Mezurek’s essay, “‘De Bottom Rails on Top Now’: Black Union Guards and Confederate Prisoners of War,” is included in Crossing the Deadlines: Civil War Prisons Reconsidered, edited by Michael P. Gray with a forward by John T. Hubbell (also available from The Kent State University Press, 2018). Her essay, ‘“The Colored Veteran Soldiers Should Receive the Same Tender Care’: Black Veterans, Soldiers’ Homes, and the Post-Civil War Midwest,” is in Enduring War: New Perspectives in Civil War Veteranhood, edited by Brian Matthew Jordan (forthcoming from the Louisiana State University Press). Mezurek is currently working on a manuscript that explores the epistolary practices of the soldiers and family members of the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War. She is on the advisory board for the Engaging the Civil War Book Series with the Southern Illinois University Press, is a speaker for the Ohio Humanities Speakers Bureau, is an executive board member of the Ohio Academy of History, and served as a member of the Ohio Civil War 150 Advisory Committee.
    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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