The Museum has been sponsoring lectures on Civil War history since its earliest years.  Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire, “Stonewall” Jackson’s physician, was one of the first to deliver a lecture to a museum audience.

Currently, the Museum presents two major annual lectures. The Symposium in February is cosponsored with the Library of Virginia and is hosted by the Library. The Elizabeth Roller Bottimore Lecture in September, made possible by an endowment from the Roller Bottimore Foundation, is cosponsored with and hosted by the University of Richmond's History Department.

In addition to those two larger lectures, the Museum has started to offer monthly brown bag lunch talks to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Held both in Richmond and Appomattox, VA, these talks delve into topics large and small, but generally center around an event that happened during that month 150 years ago.

Past Lectures

Watch many of our past lectures online. Detailed summaries and partial transcripts of others are available as one of the benefits of membership.


Upcoming Lectures

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The Sesquicentennial Brown Bag Lunch Series in Richmond

These free talks are held monthly at the Museum in Richmond. Bring your lunch and join in on the discussion.

Book talks and special afternoon lectures in Richmond
We occasionally have an author visit the Museum to talk about a new book, or a guest lecturer to speak on an exciting topic in Civil War history. 

The Civil War Conversation Series in Appomattox
These free talks are held monthly at Baine's Books and Coffee and co-sponsored by the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.

Appomattox Evening Lectures
Come to the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox for refreshments and an intriguing lecture. Free for Museum members, $5 for non-members.‚Äč