Compiled by Museum Staff
Join us Saturdays and Sundays at Historic Tredegar for summer programming of hands-on demonstrations and personalized conversations. Tally Botzer, a member of the Museum’s Education team, helps to develop and implement the programs for visitors. She answered some questions for us about these programs.
What’s new and different about summer programs this year?
This year, we’ll have more options for programming. While we established some programs last summer, like Life on the Homefront and Medicine in the Civil War, we’re rolling out additional experiences for added perspectives on the War. Some of these programs are adapted from our current offerings, and Museum interpreters have also been working since last summer creating new programs for the public.
When can visitors experience these programs?
Every weekend between Memorial Day Sunday, May 29 and Labor Day Sunday, September 4, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Historical interpreters will be in and around the Museum at Historic Tredegar with reproduction artifacts and other items to talk to visitors. There will also be scheduled tours of the grounds at Tredegar and Brown’s Island. Each Saturday starting June 4, we’re planning to fire the cannon at 2 pm. On days we don’t fire the cannon, we’ll have a rifle musket demonstration. Schedules will be set each weekend morning; call the front desk at 804-649-1861 ext. 149 to find out what programs will be happening when you come.
Who are these programs designed for?
Everyone is invited to participate. We try to tailor our tours and programs to meet the needs and interests of the visitors right in front of us, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. We love helping start conversations among family members and friends, and our historical interpreters will be happy to point out reproduction artifacts that children (and adults!) can pick up and talk about.
What do we hope people take away from these programs?
We want people to come away from interactions feeling like they have experienced the Civil War and its legacies in a new way, as well as feeling like they have connected with the real people who lived through and shaped the events in our past. Some visitors might be inspired to explore topics further, others might take the conversation home or to friends. In the end, we are helping guests examine how the people of the Civil War era were just living their lives and creating the history that we explore today, just as our visitors today are creating the history of tomorrow.