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September 2020

Foundry Series: Public Protest, Riot, and Response

September 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Throughout history, individuals have taken to the streets to protest perceived injustice, and have met with mixed responses from communities and the government. How can the 1863 New York City draft riots inform our understanding of what drives public protest, the impact of violent demonstration, how officials respond, and the ongoing racial issues in our country today? With Iver Bernstein, Ph.D., Professor of History, African and African-American Studies, and American Culture Studies, Washington University in St. Louis; and Christopher Bonner, Ph.D.,…

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October 2020

Book Talk with Neil P. Chatelain: Defending the Arteries of Rebellion

October 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

In an effort to maintain control of the Mississippi, the Southern war machine introduced numerous innovations and alternate defenses including the Confederacy’s first operational ironclad, the first successful use of underwater torpedoes, widespread use of army-navy joint operations, and the employment of extensive river obstructions. Discover the lengths to which the Confederacy went to defend its arteries of rebellion. Neil P. Chatelain is an adjunct professor of history at LoneStar College-North Harris and a social studies instructor at Carl Wunsche Sr.High…

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History Happy Hour: The Fifteenth Amendment–150 Years Later

October 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

While America tried to understand what was included with freedom after the end of slavery, participation in elections transformed from a privilege into an essential right of citizens. Uncover the origins and continued impacts of the final of the three "Reconstruction Amendments." With Stephanie Arduini, ACWM

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Virtual Educator Open House

October 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
A member of ACWM Staff with a group of teachers in the front gallery of the ACWM's A People's Contest Exhibit. There are colorized pictures of Civil War Figures such as Harriet Tubman and Jefferson Davis with various Civil War newspaper headlines

We are inviting educators from around the country to our staff and the American Civil War Museum's updated slate of offerings for the 20-21 Academic Year. Attendees will be invited to ask questions of the staff and provide feedback. They will be given a special sneak peek at two of our virtual field trip offerings: a Guided Tour of our flagship exhibit "A People's Contest" and our updated Medicine in the Civil War classroom program!We are excited to meet you!

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November 2020

History Happy Hour: No Safety for Union Men

November 9, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

On April 16, 1866, a race riot erupted in Norfolk, Virginia.  Uncover the limits of the U.S. Army’s protection for African Americans and their civil rights when faced with ex-Confederates' paramilitary violence during the early years of Reconstruction. With Brianna Kirk, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia

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Book Talk with Richard R. Schaus: Lee is Trapped and Must be Taken

November 19, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The eleven-day period after Gettysburg was a battle of wits to determine which commander—Robert E. Lee or George G. Meade--better understood the information he received, and directed the movements of his army accordingly. Discover the decisions they made, what became of thousands of Union prisoners of war, and how the press portrayed the ongoing conflict. About the Authors Thomas J. "Tom" Ryan is a Philadelphian by birth, and earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from…

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December 2020

Book Talk with Ryan K. Smith: Death and Rebirth in a Southern City

December 3, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Issues of race and war have shaped Richmond's identity and that of its cemeteries in profound ways. The city's places of burial illustrate how the color line held fast through otherwise monumental changes and reveal a revolution taking place, today, as activist groups step forward to reorganize and reclaim the commemorative landscape for once marginalized communities while redefining Confederate memory. Through archival research, landscape analysis, and extensive oral histories discover the power and importance of these sites. Ryan K. Smith…

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History Happy Hour: The Homestead Act of 1862 and the Black Exodus of 1879

December 14, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

In 1879, thousands of emancipated African Americans made use of 1862's Homestead Act and migrated to Colorado, Oklahoma, and especially Kansas, seeking a way out of the repressive conditions in the South. Discover how John Brown's memory inspired this migration to Kansas "because of the sacredness of her soil washed by the blood for the cause of black freedom." With Ana Edwards, ACWM

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January 2021

Book Talk with Jerry Wooten

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

The story of Johnsonville is relatively unknown; yet, its contribution to the U.S. victory in the Western Theater is difficult to overstate, and its history is complex and fascinating. Uncover the strategic role of the Union supply depot and all that entailed, its defense by U. S. Colored Troops, and the emergence of a civilian town around it. Jerry T. Wooten, Ph.D., is the Park Manager for Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Formerly, he served as ParkManager at…

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History Happy Hour: Gettysburg Myths and Mistakes

January 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Myths and mistakes have been part of the story of the Civil War and its largest battle from the start. Even as the war unfolded, participants engaged in reputation protection, misunderstandings, and intentional mythmaking. Later, historians, authors, filmmakers and others propagated myth and error, making historical truths elusive. Let’s sort fact from fiction and have a bit of fun in the process.   With Garry Adelman, Chief Historian, American Battlefield Trust

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