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March 2021

Book Talk with Dwight S. Hughes

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

From flaming, bloody decks of sinking ships, to the dim confines of the first rotating armored turret, to the smoky depths of a Rebel gun deck—with shells screaming, clanging, booming, and splashing all around— to the office of a worried president, this dramatic story unfolds through the accounts of men who lived it. Dwight Sturtevant Hughes writes and speaks on Civil War naval history (www.CivilWarNavyHistory.com). Lieutenant Commander Hughes graduated from the Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years aboard…

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Peake Series: Civil War Spies and the Libby Prison Escape

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Free

Libby Prison was known for its wretched conditions and high mortality rate and the escape from it in 1864 would not have gone half as well without people like Elizabeth Van Lew and the spy ring she operated. Across the country, spies aided the war effort in various ways, from pretending to be servants to airing their enemy’s dirty laundry. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who…

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Peake Series: From Belles to Battle Axes with Kelly Hancock

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

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
Free

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
Free

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

Enslaved Virginia Ironworker to California Pioneer

April 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Free

This event is brought to you in partnership with the Library of Virginia.In the late 1990s, Viola Baecher launched a search into her family roots that took her from the West Coast back to the East Coast in Charles City County on the James River. This is where she uncovered the remarkable life story of her ancestor, Emanuel Quivers. Baecher traced Quivers journey from Berkeley Plantation, where he worked as a blacksmith, to Richmond’s Tredegar Iron Works, where he worked…

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Resilence at Home and in War: A Brown’s Island Walking Tour

April 3 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Explore how the Civil War impacted Richmond with a quarter-mile walk on Brown's Island along the James River. What were women, children, free people of color, and enslaved African American people doing during the War? What were conditions really like in prison camps? Encounter local stories of tragedy and resilience that exemplify life—and death—for many people during the War. Two tours will be available, one at 10:30 AM and another at 2:00 PM Space Limited to 20 people per tour–Registration…

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Emancipation & the Black Civil War Soldier– with Deborah Willis

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

In partnership with the American Civil War Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Explore the crucial role of photography in shaping African American narratives of the Civil War and Emancipation. How might historic images offer a more nuanced memory of African-American participation and point to individual and collective struggles for citizenship and remembrance? Featuring: Deborah Willis, Ph.D. (University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University),…

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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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Legacies of Appomattox

April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

People tend to think of Appomattox as the place where the American Civil War ended, but there is more to the story. How did newly freed African Americans envision their freedom? What plans did members of the Grand Army of the Republic have for the village of Appomattox? And how was the memory of the Civil War shaped in the months following the surrender? Join us to discover the legacies of Appomattox. With Reverend Al Jones, founder of the Appomattox…

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