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Upcoming Events:

October 10-12, 2024 – Our annual Fall Civil War & American Society Seminar “Hidden Gettysburg: The Battlefield in History & Memory.” More information here.

TBD, Shepherdstown Opera House – GTM Center Exhibit Grand Opening. Join us for the grand unveiling of our new exhibit depicting Shepherdstown during the Battle of Antietam! Exhibit made possible by a grant from Americana Corner.

Recent Events:

April 25, 2024 – Dr. Clayton Butler, Historian and Assistant Editor at UVA Press, spoke on his book True Blue: White Unionists in the Deep South During the Civil War and Reconstruction.

March 21, 2024 – Panel career discussion highlighting the great successes of Shepherd graduates and potential careers for current students.

December 1, 2023 – James Scythes offered a talk from his book Letters to Lizzie: The Story of Sixteen Men in the Civil War and the One Woman Who Connected Them All.

December 2, 2023 – Historic Christmas: living history demonstrations, children’s activities, battlefield tabletop games, and a display by Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association.

November 8, 2023 – Co-sponsored with Byrd CHE and Lifelong Learning, Charlie Goodyear presented from his book “President Garfield: From Radical to Unifier“.

November 16, 2023 – Patrick Schroeder, Historian at Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park presented from his his popular Myths About Lee’s Surrender books.

October 12, 2023 – Historian Curtis Older presented from his book Hood’s Defeat Near Fox’s Gap: Prelude to Emancipation.

October 6-8, 2023 – We held our Fall Seminar, “Meade’s Decision: The Pipe Creek Line & the Road to Gettysburg.”

September 21, 2023 – Historian and filmmaker Steven Cowie presented from his book When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and Its Impact on the Civilians Who Called It Home.

September 17, 2023 – Shepherdstown Opera House, along with the GTMC, Historic Shepherdstown Museum, and Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association, hosted the first theater screening and q & a of “Shepherdstown Remembers Antietam,” an original film written and produced by local history researcher Jim Surkamp. The film describes the Battle’s impact through the eyes of Shepherdstown-area residents of the time, many of whom mobilized to aid wounded and hungry soldiers.

August 30, 2023 – In partnership with Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program, Dr. Stephen Goldman presented “Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Wiley Gelray: How a Maimed Union Veteran Battled the Ku Klux Klan” from his book One More War to Fight: Union Veterans’ Battle for Equality through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the Lost Cause.

April 26, 2023 – Dr. Scott MacKenzie presented on his book Slavery, Emancipation, and the Formation of West Virginia, 1829-1872, co-sponsored with Lifelong Learning.

March 16-18, 2023 – The Virginia Forum held its annual conference at Shepherd University.

March 2, 2023 – Dr. Emilie Amt  presented “Black Antietam: Searching for African American Civil War History” from her book Black Antietam: African Americans and the Civil War in Sharpsburg.

December 3, 2022 – Holiday Open House with Living History Demonstrations and a Yule Log. We presented Christmas across the ages through hands-on demonstrations, toys, and learning the tradition of the Yule log.

December 1, 2022 – “A Classical Brass Christmas” A brass quintet, consisting of current and former Shepherd University faculty performed Christmas and other classical pieces from the 16th-20th centuries. 

November 29, 2022 – Robert Dunkerly presented “The Brown’s Island Explosion and Search for the Victims”

November 19, 2022 – “Culp’s Hill in War and Memory”: Dr. James Broomall and Dana Shoaf, Editor at Civil War Times, lead a walking tour of Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg National Battlefield.

November 9, 2022 – Ernie Dollar presented on his recent book, Hearts Torn Asunder: Trauma in the Civil War’s Final Campaign in North Carolina.

October 27, 2022 – Professor Jonathan Noyalas presented “‘To Be Free Someday’: Reflections on Slavery & Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley During the Civil War Era,” from his book Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era. Watch on Facebook.

September 10, 2022 – Exposed to the Fire of Slavery and Freedom:” A Symposium Commemorating the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. In conjunction with Antietam National Battlefield, this one-day event featured presentations on the battle of Antietam and its contested legacy.

July 6 – 9, 2021 – “A desperate thing to do”- Jubal Early’s 1864 Maryland Campaign, Facebook, (view here)

June 3, 2021 – Mosby’s Rangers with Eric W. Buckland, Facebook Live, (view here)

May 26, 2021 – “Down the Valley, and Back Again”: The 1862 Valley Campaign“, Facebook Live (view here)

May 19, 2021 – “The Grinding Curse”: Race and Slavery in the Shenandoah Valley, Facebook Live (view here)

May 6, 2021 – Material Witness: Eighteenth- and Nineteenth- Century Artifacts and Narrating the Past- Facebook Live (view here)

March 25, 2021 – Searching for Hayward Shepherd – Facebook Live (view here)

March 4, 2021 – Music of the People: American Folk Music through the Centuries – Facebook Live (view here)

February 16, 2021 – Seceding from Secession: West Virginia Exceptionalism and the Road to Statehood – Facebook Live (view here)

January 28, 2021 – The Winter’s War: Civil War Soldiers in Camp & On Campaign – Facebook Live (view here)

We hope you join us for future programs!