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October 2021

Book Talk with Jonathan White–To Address You as My Friend

October 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Historic Tredegar, 480 Tredegar St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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In-person event; ACWM-Historic Tredegar Registration encouraged; space is limited. Many African Americans of the Civil War era felt a personal connection to Abraham Lincoln and despite tremendous injustice and discrimination, wrote to the president seeking redress of their grievances. Through more than 120 letters, discover how African Americans felt about the president and how they understood the possibilities and limits of the power invested in the federal government. Jonathan W. White is associate professor of American studies at Christopher Newport…

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Book Talk with Robert Watson: Escape! The Story of the Confederacy’s Infamous Libby Prison and the Civil War’s Largest Jail Break

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Located in the heart of the Confederacy’s capital, the infamous Libby prison took on symbolic significance far beyond that of just a prison. It was used for southern propaganda purposes and was also the site of a bold and daring prison break by a group of high-ranking Union officers.  Delve into the event that captivated the nation, outraged the South, and sparked one of the largest manhunts in American history. Robert Watson is an award-winning author, professor, historian, and analyst…

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Exhibit Curator Q&A: Richmonders at War

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
1865 photograph of the Richmond skyline from across the James River in the foreground.

ACWM's Chris Graham and Joseph Rogers present an interactive behind-the-scenes look at our new exhibit, "Richmonders at War." Note: This is an exclusive event for ACWM Members and donors! Learn about the benefits of an ACWM Membership, and sign up today, at our website. Our latest panel exhibit, located at Historic Tredegar, explores what happens when wars come home to Americans. From the moment the new Confederate States moved their capital to Richmond, Virginia in late May 1861, capturing the…

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November 2021

There All Along

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ACWM – Historic Tredegar, 480 Tredegar St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219 United States

In recent years, there has been a greater effort to expand the way we commemorate and teach the Civil War, by including the perspective of African Americans. But is there another way to deepen our understanding of America’s past — and its present? What can we gain by taking four hundred years of Black views on and aspirations for survival, freedom, and citizenship as a lens through which to re-examine the Civil War, rather than treating Black experience as an…

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History Happy Hour: The James W. D. Bland Story and How Former Slave Voters Played A Vital Role in Virginia’s Acceptance Back into the Union

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

Neither the threat of being ousted from the lands of their former owners nor the intimidation of the Appomattox Ku Klux Klan would deter these pioneering former slaves from casting their votes. What were the obstacles they overcame and what was at stake? With Al Jones, Local Historian.

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Book Talk with Jack Trammell: Civil War Richmond

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Historic Tredegar, 480 Tredegar St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Free; Due to limited space, registration is encouraged. Few American cities have experienced the trauma of war on the level that Richmond did as the capital of the Confederacy. The city was transformed with the creation of a massive hospital system, military training camps, new industries and shifting social roles for everyone, including women and African Americans. Discover the excitement, and eventually bitter disappointment, of Richmond at war. Jack Trammell, Ph.D., is the author of more than twenty books, including The…

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December 2021

Book Talk With Warren E: Milteer Jr.: Beyond Slavery’s Shadow

December 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Historic Tredegar, 480 Tredegar St.
Richmond, VA 23219

In-Person Talk Due to limited space registrations are encouraged Segregation, exclusion, disfranchisement, and discriminatory punishment were ingrained in the collective experiences of free people of color in the South. Nevertheless, they defended their families and established organizations and businesses. Delve into the wide range of social interactions and life outcomes for the South's free people of color to explain societal contradictions that continue to appear in the modern United States. Warren E. Milteer Jr. is assistant professor of history at…

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History Happy Hour: Petty Differences

December 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Summerfield Petty mortified his family by remaining loyal to the United States and serving in the Union Army. Thomas Petty remained loyal to Virginia, fought for the Confederacy, and is buried in Arlington Cemetery. What can we learn by studying the saga of the Petty brothers? With John Coski, ACWM

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