When many people think of the American Civil War they picture battles and campaigns, soldiers and generals, but there’s more to the story. The war affected every American, Northern and Southern, soldier and civilian, free and enslaved. The Museum’s mission is to cover all of those perspectives in the stories we share, which often leads us off the beaten path.
As interpreters, we often receive questions and comments from visitors about our work. Sometimes visitors want to know how we keep from being bored. “You say the same thing over and over each day; don’t you get bored?” is a common question.
In 1988 the White House of the Confederacy opened to the public for tours after a 12-year restoration. In preparing for public tours, staff had to decide how best to guide visitors through two floors of the house. Much thought went into making those decisions, and for almost 30 years, tours of the White House of the Confederacy have followed the same path.
By Patrick Saylor
Director, Marketing Communication
Historian William C. "Jack" Davis will introduce his latest book, "Inventing Loreta Valesquez: Confederate Soldier Impersonator, Media Celebrity and Con Artist," Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Museum of the Confederacy - Appomattox. Following his presentation, he will be available to sign copies of the book.
Ahead of his September 22 Bottimore Lecture, we asked University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Don H. Doyle a couple questions about his talk. Ready to book your seat at the lecture? Reserve a spot now.
By Penelope M. Carrington
Creative Services Manager
If you work downtown in the vicinity of MCV or if you’ve been forced to circle the hospital parking deck more than once to find a spot, then you’ve probably passed a distinct, latte-colored building that looks more suited for old Egypt than modern Richmond. Architecturally out of place, the original home of the Medical College of Virginia firmly stands as a milestone in black Richmonders' post-Civil War struggle for civil rights.
By Kelly Hancock Interpretation and Programs Manager
During the week of June 27 - July 1, 16 teachers from across Virginia -- and one from North Carolina -- gathered at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond to delve into the complex era known as Reconstruction, and to discover how decisions made during this crucial time reverberate in our country today.
As the clock ticked toward the announcement of the 2015 Jefferson Davis Award winner, Senior Curator and Director of Collections Robert Hancock was busy behind the scenes adding the final element to the book award certificate: the original Great Seal of the Confederacy.