Civil War Conversations

Explore the Civil War and its legacies through talks with local, regional, and national historians.
Light refreshments served at 6:30, talk begins at 7:00, and Q&A with speaker to follow. 

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, light refreshments are served at 6:30 pm.
Date: Every fourth Thursday of the month (second Thursday in November & December).
Location: The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox.
Cost: $10 Adults (single program) OR $75 Adults (full September 2017 - May 2018 series subscription). Reservations encouraged
These programs are free for Museum members thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Farmer's Bank of Appomattox.

Next Program

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:30pm
Location: The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox
Speaker: Jonathan White

The Civil War placed new and unique strains on 19th-century Americans, and their nightly visions reflected those hardships. Dreams sometimes vividly brought to life the horrors of the conflict and at other times provided an escape from the hard realities of life and death during wartime. Using their own writings, tour the sleeping brains of Civil War-era Americans and uncover their deepest longings. With Jonathan White.

Upcoming Programs

Date: February 22, 2018
Location: The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox
Speaker: Bernard Powers
Uncover how Robert Smalls continued to promote African American rights with a soldier’s tenacity after the War, even in the face of rising racism in the late 1800s.
Date: March 22, 2018
Location: The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox
Speaker: Kathryn S. Meier
Discover how, in response to such conditions, the men forged informal networks of health care and adopted self-care habits, testing the boundaries of military discipline.
Date: April 26, 2018
Location: The American Civil War Museum - Appomattox
Speaker: Paul Quigley
Throughout the Civil War, Confederates endeavored to define their nation using a potent combination of American history, southern racial ideals, and negative images of “The Yankee.”

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Past Programs

March 23, 2017
Speaker: Paul Quigley
How did Americans celebrate their national anniversary when the country was falling apart?
February 23, 2017
Speaker: Don Jones
How long did Samuel Clemens serve in the Confederate Missouri Militia and what influence did it have on him and his writings?
January 26, 2017
Speaker: Brian Steel Wills
Explore the motivations and mindset of Dorsey Pender through first-hand accounts and correspondence.

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