The Davis Family and White House of the Confederacy

To schedule a program or for more information, please email the Programs Coordinator or call (855) 649-1861, ex. 121.

The White House of the Confederacy
The house built at the corner of 12th and Clay Street in Richmond, Virginia has a rich 180-year old history as a private residence, Executive Mansion, military headquarters, school and museum. Through the use of PowerPoint, we’ll trace the transformations that have occurred since 1818 up to the current renovations.
Length:   1 hr.

Liberty & Loyalty: Portraits of the Confederate White House Staff
The White House of the Confederacy’s household staff was a diverse group of enslaved African Americans, free blacks, Irish immigrants, and a German florist. Using information obtained from letters, memoirs and newspaper articles, this PowerPoint presentation will bring the lives of the Davis servants, including the mysterious Mary Bowser, into focus. 
Length:  1 hr.

Davis Family in the White House
Utilizing multiple photographs, this PowerPoint presentation illustrates the three faces of the White House: a family home, a social center, and the command center of the Confederacy.
Length:  1 hr.

First Ladies of the Civil War
Though the use of PowerPoint, this program will explore the lives of Varina Davis and Mary Todd Lincoln, examining them not only as First Ladies but also as wives, mothers, and widows. Discover the triumphs and tragedies of these two remarkable women.
Length:  1.25 hrs.

Jefferson Davis before the Civil War
Most people are familiar with the legacy of Jefferson Davis during the Civil War but do not know that he was a well known politician and war hero long before he became the President of the Confederate States of America. Come hear about the years when Davis was a recognized public figure and Lincoln a relative unknown.
Length:  1 hr.

Jefferson Davis and the End of the Civil War
This lecture will discuss events and topics concerning the end of the Civil War with special focus on the role of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Some of the questions to be addressed in the lecture are: When exactly did the war come to an end, and who or what ended it? What was Davis’ idea of the role he had in leading the Confederate war effort, and ending it?  What makes the end of this war different than the ending of other wars the U.S. has been involved in?
Length:  1 hr.

Jefferson Davis's Richmond (Walking Tour)
Walk in the shoes of the embattled leader of the Confederacy and see Richmond as you’ve never seen it before! The tour will incorporate various anecdotes about Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, and stories of life in Richmond during the Civil War. Highlights of the tour include Capitol Square, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Davis’s executive office building and the sites of the homes of Alexander Stephens, Mary Chesnut, Matthew Maury and more.
Length:  1 hr.

The Confederacy and the World
This themed tour of the White House of the Confederacy will discuss Confederate foreign policy and diplomacy, including attempts to garner recognition from Britain and France, and the relationship of the Confederate government with the United States government. It will place the Confederacy and the American Civil War in a global context, including discussions on events and people in parts of the world such as Mexico, the Italian peninsula and China.
Length:  1.25 hrs.