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March 2021

Peake Series: From Belles to Battle Axes with Kelly Hancock

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Discover the women of Civil War Richmond, from daring spies and devoted nurses to star-crossed lovers and captivating socialites.  Learn about Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Elizabeth Van Lew, Mary Chesnut, Hetty Cary, Buck Preston, and more. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time and lives to education under the most difficult of circumstances. The Peake Series pairs highlights from key Civil War stories in our…

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Peake Series: Mary Edwards Walker

March 31 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am

The first, and currently only, woman to receive the Medal of Honor, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was a surgeon, abolitionist, supporter of women’s suffrage, a prisoner of war, and some might say a fashion icon. Dr. Walker broke numerous barriers during her long life and contributed greatly during the Civil War. Join us as we learn a little more about the life of this remarkable woman. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of…

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Peake Series: Civil War Medicine with Joseph Rogers

March 31 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Why did more soldiers die in hospitals than in battle? How does modern medical technology compare to that of the Civil War? Despite the terrible challenges facing field surgeons and nurses, there were impressive advancements in military medicine during the War. Delve into some of these advancements and the reasons behind the striking death toll as told through the stories of those who experienced them first hand. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one…

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April 2021

Book Talk with Bert Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw

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

Through four years of war, Richmond served as the Confederate capital. Home to the Confederate President and government, the city was filled with prisons, hospitals, factories, training camps, and government offices. While armies battled at its doorsteps, civilians felt the impact of war. Explore the story, that to this day, remains deeply written into the city and its history. Robert M. Dunkerly is a historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research. He works…

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History Happy Hour: Fighting Each Other, Fighting Earth

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Civil War was American’s deadliest conflict, and it not only destroyed people, but also the natural environment. The fertile Shenandoah Valley, due to its immense agricultural and industrial productivity for the South, became one of the most contested territories, and as a result, endured heavy, war-induced environmental damage.  With Chris Pence, ACWM

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Book Talk with Jeff Hunt

April 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cavalry actions and pitched battles made it clear that the war in Virginia was a long way from having been decided at Gettysburg.  After defeat at Bristoe Station, Lee determined to hold the Rappahannock River line. Pressured by Washington to fight but denied strategic flexibility, Meade launched a risky offensive to carry Lee’s defenses and bring on a decisive battle. Through official reports, regimental histories, letters, newspapers, and other archival sources discover the story of the U. S. Army’s first post-Gettysburg offensive…

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