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March 2021

Peake Series: Mary Richards and Elizabeth Van Lew

March 3 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Free

Two important Richmonders during the Civil War, how much do we really know about the mysterious formerly enslaved woman, rumored to have spied on the Davis family, and the famous southern Unionist whose family once held the other in bondage? Let’s explore what history can and can’t tell us when evidence goes missing and relationships get complex. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time…

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Peake Series: Suzie King Taylor’s Civil War with Kelly Hancock

March 3 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Free

Susie King Taylor was the only African-American woman to publish a memoir about her wartime experiences with the army. A former slave, educated in secret, Taylor served as a teacher, laundress, and nurse with the 33rd United States Colored Troops. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time and lives to education under the most difficult of circumstances. The Peake Series pairs highlights from key…

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Book Talk with Bruce Levine

March 4 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Follow the path of Republican representative Thaddeus Stevens, from his Baptist upbringing in rural Vermont and his days at Dartmouth College, to his political evolution from Anti-Mason, Whig, and finally radical Republican. Discover the twisting political journey that led Stevens to become a key leader in the abolitionist movement. Bruce Levine is the bestselling author of four books on the Civil War era, including The Fall of the House of Dixie and Confederate Emancipation, which received the Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship and was named one…

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History Happy Hour: Socialite, Secessionist, Spy

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

One of Washington D.C.’s most charming and influential socialites, Rose O’Neale Greenhow used her connections to gain information on U.S. Army troop movements before the battle of Manassas.  Explore the story of this determined woman whose own family was divided by the war.   With Kelly Hancock, ACWM

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Peake Series: Medicine and Hospitals

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Free

Outside of the battlefield, women played many vital roles during the Civil War. Working in hospitals and tending to the wounded and infirm was only one of the many contributions made, but it was one of the most important. The stories they told and were told of them, continue to fascinate listeners even today. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time and lives to…

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Peake Series: Women Soldiers with Morgan Floyd

March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Free

They were wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters –and soldiers. Since the first century A.D., women have picked up weapons and gone to the battlefield. There is no surprise during this country’s deadliest war, women marched into battle beside men. Explore the stories of women soldiers who fought in the Civil War.  This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time and lives to education under the…

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Peake Series: Laborers and Bread Riots

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Free

At the Richmond Ordinance Lab across from the Tredegar Iron Works, scores of women labored away. Making munitions for the Confederate war effort, they undertook dangerous work for the pay they earned. An explosion there that killed dozens coupled with food shortages and wartime worries laid the groundwork for a stunning and, to many, shocking expression of frustration. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their…

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Peake Series: Bread or Blood with Kelly Hancock

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Free

Learn how price controls, rising inflation, and wartime shortages led to the Richmond Bread Riot in the spring of 1863.  Meet the women involved in orchestrating the riot and explore the controversy over who ended it. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time and lives to education under the most difficult of circumstances. The Peake Series pairs highlights from key Civil War stories in…

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Book Talk with Dwight S. Hughes

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

From flaming, bloody decks of sinking ships, to the dim confines of the first rotating armored turret, to the smoky depths of a Rebel gun deck—with shells screaming, clanging, booming, and splashing all around— to the office of a worried president, this dramatic story unfolds through the accounts of men who lived it. Dwight Sturtevant Hughes writes and speaks on Civil War naval history (www.CivilWarNavyHistory.com). Lieutenant Commander Hughes graduated from the Naval Academy in 1967 and served twenty years aboard…

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Peake Series: Civil War Spies and the Libby Prison Escape

March 24 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Free

Libby Prison was known for its wretched conditions and high mortality rate and the escape from it in 1864 would not have gone half as well without people like Elizabeth Van Lew and the spy ring she operated. Across the country, spies aided the war effort in various ways, from pretending to be servants to airing their enemy’s dirty laundry. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who…

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Peake Series: From Belles to Battle Axes with Kelly Hancock

March 24 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Free

Discover the women of Civil War Richmond, from daring spies and devoted nurses to star-crossed lovers and captivating socialites.  Learn about Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Elizabeth Van Lew, Mary Chesnut, Hetty Cary, Buck Preston, and more. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of the many African American women who dedicated their time and lives to education under the most difficult of circumstances. The Peake Series pairs highlights from key Civil War stories in our…

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Peake Series: Mary Edwards Walker

March 31 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Free

The first, and currently only, woman to receive the Medal of Honor, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was a surgeon, abolitionist, supporter of women’s suffrage, a prisoner of war, and some might say a fashion icon. Dr. Walker broke numerous barriers during her long life and contributed greatly during the Civil War. Join us as we learn a little more about the life of this remarkable woman. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one of…

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Peake Series: Civil War Medicine with Joseph Rogers

March 31 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Free

Why did more soldiers die in hospitals than in battle? How does modern medical technology compare to that of the Civil War? Despite the terrible challenges facing field surgeons and nurses, there were impressive advancements in military medicine during the War. Delve into some of these advancements and the reasons behind the striking death toll as told through the stories of those who experienced them first hand. This series is named in honor of Mary S. Peake (nee Kelsey), one…

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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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History Happy Hour: Fighting Each Other, Fighting Earth

April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Civil War was American’s deadliest conflict, and it not only destroyed people, but also the natural environment. The fertile Shenandoah Valley, due to its immense agricultural and industrial productivity for the South, became one of the most contested territories, and as a result, endured heavy, war-induced environmental damage.  With Chris Pence, ACWM

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Book Talk with Jeff Hunt

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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