Opening Programs 2019

Come celebrate the opening of the American Civil War Museum’s new building and exhibits. Over the first several days in May, join the many programs and events. Until then, enjoy this highlight reel from "Scenes from Matthew Aucoin's Opera, 'Crossing,'" the first event held in the new building on February 28th. 



Thursday, May 2: Gala Dinner: From Groundbreak to Breathtaking (6 p.m.)

Friday, May 3: Donor Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free, members and annual fund donors only
Before the grand opening, museum members, annual fund donors, and active duty military get early access to the new Museum and exhibits. Join for guided tours of the flagship exhibit by senior staff, walking tours, and artifact encounters with curators.

  • 12 p.m. Join historian Edward L. Ayers and collaborators for a sneak peek screening of his new television series, The Future of America's Past. Space is limited. Reservations encouraged. Register here

Not a member? Join now.

Saturday, May 4: Opening Day Celebration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Included with admission, free for members
Join us for our grand opening with special guided tours of A People’s Contest: Struggles for Nation and Freedom in Civil War America exhibit, walking tours, and artifact encounters with curators. Also:

  • 10:30 a.m.: Guest appearance by the podcast, BackStory.

  • 12-4 p.m.: Emerging Scholars lightning talks, sponsored by the Civil War Monitor.

Sunday, May 5: “Lessons (un)Learned from the Civil War” Panel Discussion, 1 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 for members 
What did we learn from the Civil War? What should we have learned that maybe we haven’t? Join a panel of historians to discuss topics from laws and economics, to racial justice and cultural impact that might provide insights to 21st-century issues.
Register here.


  • Lesley Gordon, Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • Caroline Janney, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Jonathan White, Ph.D., Christopher Newport University
  • Kidada Williams, Ph.D., Wayne State University

Monday, May 6: Varina: A Novel  - Conversation with author Charles Frazier, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free, reservations encouraged
Join author Charles Frazier to discuss his novel, Varina, a fictionalized portrait of former Confederate First Lady, Varina Davis, looking back on her life and exploring the consequences of her choices. Also featuring historian Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D. (University of Richmond, BackStory). Register here. 

Questions? Please contact Stephanie Arduini, Director of Education (804-649-1861, ext. 120)


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