Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we cannot meet in person. However, please join us online for these free, livestreamed Zoom discussions! The surest way to access these programs is by visiting our Facebook page.
Tuesday, May 12, 1pm: Picturing the Civil War
Drs. Brookes and Broomall will examine a series of images from the Civil War era with a particular focus on soldier-artists. The program will include a discussion of how soldiers’ depictions of battle at-times deliberately departed from the more glorified portrayals of war that often circulated in popular prints. Many of these war-torn veteran-artists sought to create counter narratives that demonstrated to public audiences the darker side of war. More broadly, Drs. Brookes and Broomall will discuss imagery and visual culture from the Civil War era.
Friday, May 15, 7pm: Virtual Vintage Happy Hour: Tropical Time Travel
We invite you to travel (virtually, of course) back in time to the tiki-obsessed days of the mid-20th century. We’ll explore how America’s involvement in wars overseas led to the rise and fall of this tropical fad.
Monday, May 18, 12pm: Civil War Photography
Dr. Broomall will chat with Dana Shoaf and Melissa Winn of Civil War Times about photography during the Civil War.
Tuesday, May 19, 7pm: Loyalists in the American Revolution
The American Revolution is often viewed as the epitome of patriotic unity; however, many residents of the aspiring new nation did not support the cause of independence. In this live stream event, Drs. Broomall and Bankhurst, along with Claire Tyron and Michael Mastrianni of Shepherd University, and Travis Shaw of the Mosby Heritage Area, will discuss the experience of Loyalists.
Future In-Person Events
Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020: Annual Civil War and Society Seminar. Registration details TBA.
Saturday, November 7, 2020: “Fire on the Mountain.” Maryland Heights is the tallest mountain in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Led by Dennis Frye, this strenuous hike will ascend to the Stone Fort at the top of the mountain, with other stops along the way exploring the Heights’ role in the Civil War. Pre-registration required; limited to 20 participants. UPDATE: This program has been postponed from March 28 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Registration is full.