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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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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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Book Talk with Jeff Hunt: Meade and Lee at Rappahannock Station

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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May 2021

Book Talk with Mark F. Bielski: A Mortal Blow to the Confederacy

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

Abraham Lincoln knew if the Union could cut off shipping to and from New Orleans, the largest exporting port in the world, and control the Mississippi River, it would be a mortal blow to the Confederate economy. Discover the story of the leaders and men who fought for control of the largest city in the South, the key to the Mississippi, and the commercial gateway for the Confederacy. Mark F. Bielski is a historian and author and the director at…

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History Happy Hour: Harriet Tubman and the Quest for Freedom

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

She was called “General Tubman” and the “Moses” of her people, yet there is much we do not know about this heroic “conductor” of the Underground Railroad who risked all to rescue others. Join us for an intimate look at the woman who may one day be the face of the $20 bill. With Kelly Hancock, ACWM *Due to unforeseen circumstances, the "La Guerra Civil de las Plumas" program that was originally posted needs to be rescheduled. It will be…

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Book Talk with Alaina Roberts: I’ve Been Here All the While

May 20 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Departing from the traditional story of Reconstruction, discover the connections between the debates about Black freedom and Native American citizenship to westward expansion onto Native land. As Black ,white, and Native people constructed ideas of race, belonging, and national identity, this part of the West became, for a short time, the last place where Black people could escape Jim Crow, finding land and exercising political rights, until Oklahoma Statehood in 1907. Alaina E. Roberts is a historian of African American…

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June 2021

Book Talk with John Reeves–A Fire in the Wilderness: The First Battle between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee

June 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

At the outset of the Battle of the Wilderness, General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia remained capable of defeating the Army of the Potomac. But two days of relentless fighting proved devastating. Discover the riveting account of the first bloody showdown between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee—a battle that sealed the fate of the Confederacy and changed the course of American history. John graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Economics from Syracuse University in 1984. Later,…

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July 2021

AmRev Quizzo: Symbols of Independence

July 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Stars and stripes, parades and fireworks: what did American independence look like to people who witnessed the Revolutionary War and Civil War? Join staff from the Museum of the American Revolution and the American Civil War Museum online for a lively history quizzo competition!  Host & Special Guests: Meg Bowersox (Host)Visitor Engagement Supervisor, Museum of the American Revolution Dr. Christopher Graham Curator of Exhibitions, American Civil War Museum Michael IdrissAfrican American Interpretive Fellow, Museum of the American Revolution Dr. Tyler PutmanGallery Interpretation…

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Book Talk with Kevin Waite–West of Slavery: The Southern Dream of a Transcontinental Empire

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

Slaveholders' western ambitions culminated in a coast-to-coast crisis of the Union. By 1861, the rebellion in the South inspired a series of separatist movements in the Far West. Even after the collapse of the Confederacy, the threads connecting South and West held, undermining the radical promise of Reconstruction. Discover how the struggle over slavery played out on a transcontinental stage. Kevin Waite is assistant professor of history at Durham University. Get your copy of the book today!

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Book Talk with Sean Michael Chick–Grant’s Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, May 5 – June 7, 1864 May

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In the spring of 1864, Ulysses Grant sent the 38,000-man Army of The James under Benjamin Butler to Bermuda Hundred to threaten and possibly take Richmond. As Butler clashed with General P. G. T. Beauregard, learn how the series of skirmishes and battles helped decide the fate of the city and Lee’s army. Sean Michael Chick is a New Orleans native and tour guide who gives one of the only guided tours of the French Quarter concentrating on the American…

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