The Foundry Series

Programs feature light refreshments and social time with speakers and partners before a brief talk and Q&A session.

Time: Refreshments at 6:00 pm, talk begins at 6:45 pm.
Date: The date varies.
Location: Most events occur at Historic Tredegar. Occasional events occur off-site.
Cost: $10 for non-members, $8 for members. 

The Museum would like to thank Hunton & Williams LLP for their generous sponsorship of the Foundry Series.

Next Program

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:00pm
Location: Historic Tredegar
Speaker: Kidada E. Williams, Ph.D. and Stephen A. Goldman, M.D.

Following the Civil War and Emancipation, Union veterans and African American civilians faced physical and mental challenges that put their resilience to the test in new post-War environments.


Never Get Over It: What Night Riding Meant to African American Families
Kidada E. Williams, Ph.D.,
Wayne State University
From 1868-1871, armed southern white men raided African American communities, holding families hostage and subjecting them to torture, rape, and assassination. Using victims’ testimonies before Congress, Kidada E. Williams presents the story of how survivors understood the consequences of this violence, specifically how it unmade their families and compromised their ability to fulfill their visions of freedom.

Sublimity,Terror and Love: Veterans and the Psychological Impact of War
Stephen A. Goldman, M.D., FAPM, DFAPA
, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 
Tools of war have undergone significant technological advances since the American Civil War, but the experience of battle and its effects on the combatant remain strikingly similar and profound in our time. The multifaceted psychological impact of war includes not only combat stress reactions, but also emotional resilience and successful societal reintegration. Explore the great influences, positive and negative, of combat and military service on veterans’ lives, and what has been learned throughout history about treating those who’ve been under fire. Following a remarkable group of severely wounded Union soldiers and sailors, discover how their powerful warrior identity spurred commitment to Reconstruction and racial equality, and sustained their collective belief in the causes for which they had fought.

Program Partners
The Black Minds Matter Project
YWCA Richmond
The Virginia War Memorial

Upcoming Programs

Date: July 20, 2017
Location: Historic Tredegar
Speaker: Chandra Manning
Present-day refugee camps share important similarities with Civil War contraband camps. Discover how men, women, and children who fled from slavery to contraband camps influenced emancipation, the progress of the war, and the redefinition of U.S. citizens
Date: September 28, 2017
Location: Historic Tredegar
Speaker: Jennifer Weber, Ph.D., and Robert Kenzer, Ph.D.
Join Jennifer Weber, Ph.D., and Robert Kenzer, Ph.D., to explore and compare the resistance of southern Unionists and northern Copperheads.
Date: November 16, 2017
Location: Historic Tredegar
Speaker: Ari Kelman, Ph.D., and Keith Richotte, Ph.D.
Join Ari Kelman, Ph.D., and Keith Richotte, Ph.D., to explore connections between the American Civil War and military campaigns against Native American peoples, before, during, and after the Civil War.

Past Programs

Speaker: Ron Smith
Discover and explore the Civil War, through the eyes and words of some of America’s greatest poets and visual artists.
Speaker: Lee Pollock
Discover Churchill’s fascination with the Civil War and what it reveals about his view of history and the war itself.
Speaker: Tredegar Brass Band
Grab drinks and snacks before a performance of Civil War era songs highlighting the importance of music during the time.

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