One hundred and fifty years ago, Americans began to wage war against each other. Four years and well over 900,000 casualties later, the American Civil War, also known as the War Between the States was over.

On Sunday, April 10, 2011, the Reverend Ken Peters will look back on those years of conflict in a presentation titled, “A Window on the War: The Southern Presbyterian Review, 1859-1867.” Peters will focus on how this religious journal of the Presbyterian Church in the United States covered the events leading up to the war, the progress of the war itself, and the immediate years afterward.

The Sunday evening dinner and lecture will begin at 5:00 p.m. (CDT) at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) and the Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest will co-host the event.

Peters recently retired as pastor of New Braunfels Presbyterian Church in New Braunfels, Texas, after 22 years of service. A native Texan, he is a graduate of Southwestern University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He also earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the board of PHS of the Southwest.

Tickets to the dinner and lecture are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door. Everyone is welcome to attend, but reservations are appreciated. Contact Samantha Piccolo at (215) 928-3889 or development@history.pcusa.org.

Located in Philadelphia, Penn., the Presbyterian Historical Society is the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a leading research institution on American Presbyterianism. Founded in 1852, the society’s mission is to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian experience.