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May 2020

History Happy Hour: Such as War–The Looting of Fredericksburg

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Pair your favorite at-home beverage with this history lesson! All History Happy Hours are free but registration is required for streaming access. Have you ever found yourself in possession of an enemy town, drunk, and chasing a pig? In the chaos that ensued after US troops took Fredericksburg, soldiers described not only the unfathomable scene but also the underlying motivations which drove them to loot the city. Speaker:  Beth Parnicza, Appomattox Court House, NPS Because we have closed our doors temporarily…

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Foundry Series: Humans and the Environment

May 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Modern-day soldier standing in a field

Humans and the environment are inextricably linked.  From disease and weather, to landscapes destroyed by battles, discover how this interconnectedness played out during the Civil War as armies struggled to deal with nature and left their impact on the environment.  How was the Civil War crucially important in shaping current American attitudes about nature and wilderness?   Speakers:  Dr. Timothy Silver and Dr. Judkin Browning, Appalachian State University Because we have closed our doors temporarily for the safety of our…

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June 2020

History Happy Hour: The Byzantine Backstory of Richmond’s Jefferson Davis Monument

June 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

The future of the Jefferson Davis statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue has been and will be again a subject of discussion – especially as the city’s Monument Avenue Commission in 2018 recommended its removal. But what of the monument’s past? When, why, how, and by whom was it erected? Why is it located where it is? This program explores the monument’s fascinating and unexpectedly complicated backstory. This event is free but registration is required to stream. Because we have closed…

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Book Talk with Steve Norder: Lincoln Takes Command

June 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Fort Monroe in Hampton Roads, Virginia, resulted in the first and only time in the country’s history that a sitting president took direct control of military forces, both army and navy, to wage a campaign with wide-ranging consequences. Discover the importance of this little known visit, and the effect it had upon the President. Purchase your own copy of Norder's Lincoln Takes Command >> Click hereRegistrants can use the code VIRTUAL to receive 20% off their…

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July 2020

Let’s Talk: Monument Avenue Statues

July 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
The Lee Monument covered in Black Lives Matter Graffiti with "Let's Talk: Monument Avenue Statues"

In the last month, the statues have been at the center of Richmond protests against systemic racism and police brutality, accelerating public discussions about their future and government officials' decisions to remove them. Explore connections between the statues, their perceptions and uses through time, and what's changed since the 2017 public commission. Featuring public historian Ana Edwards, historian Kevin Levin, and journalist Brian Palmer. This web program is free but registration is required. With support from Virginia Humanities

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Book Talk with Eric Wittenberg: Seceding from Secession

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

“West Virginia was the child of the storm,”concluded early Mountaineer historian and Civil War veteran, Maj. Theodore F.Lang. Explore the social, legal, military, and political factors that converged to bring about the birth of the West Virginia.

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History Happy Hour: Stressed Out Supply Chains

July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

What does a person’s clothing say about the state they are in? As we turn back the clock to examine the North Carolina quartermaster system and the supply chain for soldier’s uniforms, we can see similarities to the breakdowns in our national supply chain brought on by COVID-19 as the United States has struggled to provide the things necessary for daily life.With Chris Graham, ACWM.

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Book Talk with Adrian Brettle: Colossal Ambitions

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free
Book Talk with Adrian Brettle: Colossal Ambitions. July 27 at 6:30PM. Free web program

How did leading Confederate thinkers envision their postwar nation—its relationship with the United States, its place in the Americas, and its role in the global order? Explore how the vision of future world leadership—territorial, economic, political, and cultural—provided a vitally important, underappreciated motivation to form an independent Confederate republic.    Adrian Brettle is Lecturer and Associate Director of the Political History and Leadership Program in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

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August 2020

Book Talk: Women’s Suffrage and the Civil War

August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Helen Hamilton Gardener negotiated Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment and died as the highest-ranking woman in federal government. Dr. Mary Walker served as a contract surgeon and was awarded a Medal of Honor by President Andrew Johnson in 1865. How did their inextricable connections to the events of the American Civil War impact their fight for women’s suffrage? Join us for this special joint book talk as authors Kimberly Hamlin (Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of…

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History Happy Hour: Beyond Shackles–The Fight for Freedom

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

By the mid-nineteenth century, not all African Americans were enslaved. Some were free, some were abolitionists and spies, and some were part of the Underground Railroad. Others became the first African Americans to contribute and serve aboard the US Navy’s first ironclad, the USS Monitor. With Wisteria Perry, Manager, Interpretation and Community Outreach, The Mariners' Museum and Park

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