February 2015

02/07/2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Don and Joyce Leslie along with Dawn Doss will present a program on Civil War dancing. The same program will be presented at both 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Each program will last approximately 45 minutes. The Leslies, who are experienced in Civil War-era dancing, will lead in a discussion of various 19th Century dances as well as teach the audience the basic steps to such popular dances as the Virginia Reel and the Gay Gordons. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

02/07/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Don and Joyce Leslie along with Dawn Doss will present a program on Civil War dancing. The same program will be presented at both 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Each program will last approximately 45 minutes. The Leslies, who are experienced in Civil War-era dancing, will lead in a discussion of various 19th Century dances as well as teach the audience the basic steps to such popular dances as the Virginia Reel and the Gay Gordons. Cost: Included with Museum admission.

02/11/2015 - 12:15pm - 12:45pm

On February 3, 1865, five men met for four hours aboard the US steamer River Queen on the prospect of a peaceful resolution to a war that had ravaged a divided nation for the better part of four years.  Though no official record of what became known as the Hampton Roads Peace Conference exists, historians have been able to piece together much of what happened through the recollections of the participants.  This lecture will focus on the events leading up to the Conference, the topics of discussion, and why it ultimately failed to bring about a peaceful settlement to

02/20/2015 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm

In February 1865 Southern statesmen, soldiers, and civilians were engaged in the last stages of a months-long public debate over a proposal to enlist enslaved and free African-American men “to perform military service.” The Confederate Congress approved the legislation in March and the Army began enlisting African-American soldiers in the weeks before Appomattox.  Using manuscripts and printed items from the Museum’s library collections, the Museum’s Historian John Coski will explore the debate over enlisting African-American soldiers and its significance for mo

02/21/2015 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

It is time for the final Person of the Year Symposium of the Sesquicentennial. Who will be named the Person of the Year for 1865 and join previous winners Abraham Lincoln (1861), Robert E. Lee (1862), Ulysses S. Grant (1863), and William T. Sherman (1864)? You can help decide by joining us in the audience! While the nominees are not revealed until the lectures are given, we can divulge the outstanding historians that will be giving those lectures. 

02/26/2015 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This event has been canceled due to the weather.