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 6:30 pm.
Date: The date varies.
Location: Historic Tredegar.
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for members. 

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

Next Program

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
Location: Historic Tredegar
Speaker: Jennifer Weber, Ph.D., and Robert Kenzer, Ph.D.

Not everyone in the United States or Confederacy agreed with the War, and many people chose to actively oppose it. How did anti-war Democrats (known as “Copperheads”) in the Union voice their objections to the actions of Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party? How did pro-Union southerners demonstrate their commitment while living in the Confederacy?


Jennifer L. Weber, Ph.D., University of Kansas
Anti-war Democrats, known as "Copperheads," objected to virtually everything Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans did to wage the Civil War, beginning with the very act of waging war against the Confederacy. Join Jennifer Weber, Ph.D., to discover how these "peace men" (as they called themselves) posed a serious threat to the Union's ability to raise troops and nearly took over their own Democratic party.

Robert C. Kenzer, Ph.D., University of Richmond
Historians are increasingly focusing on what previously was one of the most under examined aspects of the Civil War, the many southerners who supported the Union cause throughout the conflict. Southern Unionists were very diverse, but what they held in common was a commitment just as strong as that of their pro-Confederate neighbors.

Program Partner- The ACLU of Virginia.

Upcoming Programs

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: 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
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.
Speaker: Ron Smith
Discover and explore the Civil War, through the eyes and words of some of America’s greatest poets and visual artists.

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