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January 2021

Book Talk with Bradley R. Gottfried

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The cavalry—both U.S. and Confederate—played a key role in events leading up to and following the Battle of Gettysburg.  Explore important actions by J.E.B Stuart,Alfred Pleasanton, David Gregg, Wesley Merritt, Judson Kilpatrick, and GrumbleJones from Brandy Station to Falling Waters.  Dr. Bradley M. Gottfried holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University. Brad, who is recently retired, worked in higher education for more than four decades, beginning as a full-time faculty member and ending as president of the College of…

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February 2021

History Happy Hour: Farmville’s Israel Hill Community

February 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Established in the early 1800s, Israel Hill, in the heartland of Virginia, was a communal experiment of limited social and economic freedom for over one hundred formerly enslaved people. Engaging in business opportunities and land ownership, the Israel Hill residents used the legal system and became an integral, viable part of the overall Farmville community.  With Rod Stanley, ACWM

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2021 Symposium: The Most Pivotal Decisions of the War

February 20 @ 11:00 am - February 21 @ 4:30 pm
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When the American Civil War started, no one could anticipate how long it would last or what the outcomes would be. Both unexpected events and deliberate choices altered the course of the war throughout its four years. From enslaved people seeking freedom, to the actions of military commanders on the field, and the choices of politicians on the home front, explore significant decisions that changed the course of history.Featuring: Rachel Shelden, Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Gary Gallagher, Terry Winschel, Jonathan White, Megan…

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Book Talk with Amanda Frost

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

What it means to be American and the issues surrounding membership, identity, belonging, and exclusion continue to occupy and divide us today. How have the concept of citizenship and the rights of citizens evolved?  Discover the impact that the American Civil War had on the citizenship of individuals—from those formerly enslaved to Confederate leaders.   Amanda Frost is a professor of law at American University, and she writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional, immigration, and citizenship law. In addition to…

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