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April 6, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $50 to $65
This is a two-part class taught by Michael D. Gorman. The first part will take place on Thursday, April 6, and the second on Thursday, April 13. Learn about what can be done with Civil War photographs, what they can teach us, and how you can do it yourself.
PLEASE NOTE: This class was taught in September 2016 and is being offered again by popular demand.
Have you ever looked at a Civil War photograph and wondered, who took this? Where was it taken? When? Most importantly, why? Since the Library of Congress and other institutions have digitized their collections, these questions can be answered while creating many others. This two-part class will examine what can be done with Civil War photographs, what they can teach us, and how you can do it yourself. This class emphasizes the photography around Richmond, but the principles can be applied across other Civil War photographs. 3-D glasses will be provided.
Mike Gorman is a park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He has also created the authoritative resource for Richmond images, texts, and maps during the war, www.mdgorman.com, which is widely consulted by professional historians and amateur researchers alike.
April 20, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $50 to $65
This is a two-part class taught by Dr. John M. Coski. Class one will take place on Thursday, April 20, and class two on Thursday, April 27. Learn about the full history of the Confederate battle flag, from its Civil War origins to today, and the evolution of the flag’s multiple meanings and the implications of those meanings for its place in modern culture.
The June 2015 Charleston church murders renewed a national public debate about the meaning of the Confederate battle flag and its proper place on the American landscape. Although the 2015 debate may have been unprecedented in its intensity, it was hardly new. The Confederate battle flag has been the focus of controversy and debate since the mid-twentieth century, when it emerged as a widely-used pop culture icon and a symbol of white supremacy and resistance to racial integration. How did a flag that was born in 1861 as a distinctive banner to be used in battle by the Confederacy’s primary field army become such a lightning rod in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries?
This two-part class will explore the full history of the Confederate battle flag, from its Civil War origins to today. The class will use lectures, document discussions, and case studies to trace the evolution of the flag’s multiple meanings and the implications of those meanings for its place in modern culture.
Dr. John M. Coski is historian at the American Civil War Museum. He is author of The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem (Harvard University Press, 2005).
May 18, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $25 to $30
This single-session class will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. Join us as we show you how we care for our collections at the VHS and what you can do to take care of your treasures at home.
Do you have family items stored in the attic, basement, or hiding in your closets? Don’t want to think about it? Wondering what to do? Let us help! This class will provide an overview to the preservation and care of paper-based collections for family archivists looking to gain knowledge about how to preserve a variety of materials. Materials discussed will include letters, photographs, and oversized items like diplomas, certificates, and scrapbooks. We’ll show you how we preserve and store the many items we care for, what type of supplies we use, and provide information on how you can care for your paper-based treasures.
L. Paige Newman is associate archivist for collection processing at the Virginia Historical Society.
May 25, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $25 to $30
This single-session class will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Join Dr. Frank Settle and learn about Gen. George C. Marshall’s crucial role in the decade-long development of the first atomic bombs.
This class will provide a full-length narrative of General Marshall’s crucial role in the decade-long development of the first atomic bombs. We will consider Marshall’s responsibility for the Manhattan Project and his participation in the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan. We will also explore Marshall’s involvement with nuclear weapons as army chief of staff, secretary of state, and secretary of defense. He occupies a unique position as only senior level official who participated in or witnessed all of the major decisions involving nuclear weapons from 1942 to 1952. His experience with these weapons is instructive for today’s leaders.
Dr. Frank Settle, professor emeritus of chemistry at Washington and Lee University, also taught at Virginia Military Institute from 1964 to 1992. Before coming to W&L in 1998 he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a program officer at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Settle developed and taught interdisciplinary courses on nuclear history, weapons of mass destruction, and nuclear power. He currently directs the ALSOS Digital Library for Nulcear Issues. The Library is a vetted, indexed collection of annotations for a broad range of materials on nuclear related topics.
Copies of Frank Settle’s book, General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb, will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop before the class.
June 22, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $50 to $65
This is a two-part class taught by Dr. Martin Gallivan. Class one will take place on Thursday, June 22, and class two on Thursday, June 29. Learn about the American Indian past in Tidewater Virginia from the spread of forager-fishers to the colonial-era Powhatan chiefdom.
This class traces the American Indian past in Tidewater Virginia from the spread of forager-fishers to the colonial-era Powhatan chiefdom. We’ll start from the premise that scholars’ attention to the English colonial arrival at Jamestown has concealed a deeper history of Native communities. Native settlements along the area’s rivers oriented the ways Algonquian people lived in the Chesapeake estuary, initially around fishing grounds and collective burials visited seasonally and later within farming towns occupied year-round. Ceremonial spaces, including trench enclosures within the Powhatan center place of Werowocomoco, gathered people for centuries. Despite the violent disruptions of the colonial era, Native people returned to Werowocomoco and to other riverfront towns after 1607 for pilgrimages that commemorated the enduring power of place. For today’s American Indian communities in the area, the precolonial history represents a powerful basis from which to contest narratives and policies that have denied their existence. My goal with this class is to add to these conversations by offering a deeper history of coastal Virginia.
Martin Gallivan is an associate professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary. His research focuses on the archaeology and culture history of Native societies in the Chesapeake.
Sunday, 10–5 (Galleries & Museum Shop)
Museum and Gardens are open by appointment
Admission $6 adults (Free for members)