"The Greatest Hits of the Civil War: America's First Professional Songwriters," with musician and historian Rick Spencer, will be performed at the New Canaan Historical Society as part of its series, "The Civil War...It's Personal."

The performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the society, 13 Oenoke Ridge Road. Refreshments will be served.

The songs provide insight into the character of Americans living at the time of the country's greatest and most divisive conflict, and the program includes a discussion of the phenomenon of the American minstrel show and its cultural impact.

Spencer has been recognized for his work as a historian, researcher and presenter of music programs based on historic themes. He has nearly 30 years of experience, including his work as the executive director of the Dr. Ashbel Woodward Museum in Franklin.

The final segment in the series will be a performance of "Simply Lincoln" with portrayer Howard Wright at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. During the performance, "Abraham Lincoln" addresses the audience in the first person and gives context to a variety of speeches and letters.

The cost is $5 for society members, Staying Put in New Canaan and students and $10 for non-members. For information, visit www.nchistory.org.

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