Nicknames and Sobriquets of Commanders in the Civil War

Exhibit will open on January 25, 2020 @ 2:00pm and will be on display through December 31, 2020. This exhibit will recall the names by which Commanders are remembered, whether as a term of endearment given by their troops or a label from the press based on...

Boots and Saddles: Horses in the Civil War

Exhibit will be on display through June 7, 2020. This exhibit examines the employment of horses and the fact that they were indispensable during the war. The need for horses during the four year war never let up as these equine soldiers performed every task assigned...

Upcoming Events and Speakers

Jan
25
Sat
“New Acquisitions and Seldom Seen Treasures of the Museum” with NCWM Curator, Brett E. Kelley @ The National Civil War Museum
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Brett E. Kelley

The National Civil War Museum will offer its first program in our 2020 Lessons in History Speaker Series of 12 free lectures to the public with NCWM Curator, Brett E. Kelley.

“New Acquisitions and Seldom Seen Treasures of the Museum”
Brett will discuss the significance of these new acquisitions and how they will complement existing Museum artifacts, both on display and preserved in artifact storage. This presentation will include a display of the NCWM’s newest donations and additions to the Museum collection in our Education Gallery, first floor.

About the Presenter: Brett E. Kelley has a BA Degree in American Studies, Pennsylvania State University and has been with the Museum full-time since June 2000. Brett was honorably discharged from the USMC with the rank of Sergeant in 1999.

The 2020 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

Feb
11
Tue
Dauphin County Library System Presents: “The American Civil War: A War for Freedom” @ Dauphin County East Shore Area Library
Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Feb
15
Sat
Community Free Day sponsored by United Concordia Dental @ The National Civil War Museum
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us with friends and family on our community free day to celebrate Black History Month!

Sponsored by:
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Admission is FREE to All!

Family Activities:
10 AM - 4 PM: USCT Display & Living History

10 AM - 4 PM:  Period clothing station for children & adults to try on and take selfies

10 AM - 4 PM:  Coloring Activity Station

10 AM - 4 PM:  Living History - Officers for the Union

10 AM - 4 PM:  Living History - Ladies for the Union

The Long Hill String Band (10:30 AM, 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM)

Presentations: (Times to be determined)
Kevin M. Levin (Independent Scholar) - "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Mot Persistent Myth"

Eric J. Mink (Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park) - "The Fight at Alrich Farm - May 15, 1864"

James Hayney - Portraying President Abraham Lincoln

Sharon L. Williams, Ed.D. (Retired Educator) - "The Life and Times of Ephraim Slaughter - USCT"

 

 

 

Feb
18
Tue
Dauphin County Library System Presents: “The American Civil War: A War for Freedom” @ Dauphin County Madeline L. Olweine Memorial Libary
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Feb
22
Sat
“From Gettysburg to Madison County, Kentucky and Back To Gettysburg: A Local Boy Comes To His Own Hometown To Fight in the Civil War’s Greatest Battle.” with Wayne E. Motts @ The National Civil War Museum
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The National Civil War Museum will offer its second program in our 2020 Lessons in History Speaker Series of 12 free lectures to the public with NCWM Chief Executive Officer & Licensed Gettysburg Battlefield Guide, Wayne E. Motts.

“From Gettysburg to Madison County, Kentucky and Back To Gettysburg: A Local Boy Comes To His Own Hometown To Fight in the Civil War’s Greatest Battle.”
George W. H. Stouch was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1842. The son of a carriage maker, he lived in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his family until 1856 when his family relocated to Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky. At the outbreak of the war, George joined the United States Regular Army and fought with Army of the Potomac. He came back to his hometown (Gettysburg), and on July 2, 1863 while fighting in the Wheatfield, he was wounded in action. He stayed in the regular army after the war and retired a lieutenant colonel. He died in 1906 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Join historian Wayne E. Motts, the CEO of the National Civil War Museum located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to hear more of Stouch’s unique story.

Wayne E. Motts is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Civil War Museum, one of the largest Civil War Museums in the country, located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has been a licensed battlefield guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park for thirty-one years. He is the co-author (with James Hessler) of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg: A Guide to the Most Famous Attack in American History, released in 2015 by Savas Beatie of California.

The 2020 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

Mar
14
Sat
“Civil War Myths & Mistakes” with Garry Adelman @ The National Civil War Museum
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The National Civil War Museum will offer its third program in our 2020 Lessons in History Speaker Series of 12 free lectures to the public with Garry Adelman.

Myths and mistakes have been part of the story of the Civil War ever since the war itself. Indeed, even as the war unfolded, participants engaged in reputation protection, misunderstandings and intentional myth-making.  Later, historians, authors, filmmakers and others propagated myth and injected error into known events which conspire to make historical truths elusive. Join Garry Adelman, chief historian of the American Battlefield Trust for a lively discussion of the well-known and little-known myths and mistakes that drive many Civil War enthusiasts crazy. From humanity to calamity, bravery to slavery, and secession to putrefaction, we’ll try to sort fact from fiction and have a bit of fun in the process!

Garry Adelman is the Chief Historian at the American Battlefield Trust. He is an award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 50 Civil War articles. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 25 years. He has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country, has appeared as a speaker on numerous televised documentaries.

The 2020 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

Mar
28
Sat
From Gettysburg to Little Big Horn: The George Armstrong Custer, Civil War and Indian Wars 2020 Symposium @ The National Civil War Museum
Mar 28 @ 8:45 am – 5:00 pm
Apr
4
Sat
“Crossing the Deadlines: The Rise of Civil War Prisons as Dark Tourist Destinations” with Dr. Michael P. Gray @ The National Civil War Museum
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The National Civil War Museum will offer its fourth program in our 2020 Lessons in History Speaker Series of 12 free lectures to the public with Dr. Michael P. Gray.

“Crossing the Deadlines: The Rise of Civil War Prisons as Dark Tourist Destinations”
Presented by Dr. Michael P. Gray

Dr. Michael P. Gray is a Professor of History at East Stroudsburg University.

The 2020 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

Jun
13
Sat
“A Broken Regiment – The 16th Connecticut’s Civil War” with Dr. Lesley Jill Gordon @ The National Civil War Museum
Jun 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The National Civil War Museum will offer its sixth program in our 2020 Lessons in History Speaker Series of 12 free lectures to the public with Dr. Lesley Jill Gordon.

"A Broken Regiment: The 16th Connecticut's Civil War"
Presentation with Dr. Lesley Jill Gordon- Professor of History at the University of Alabama.

The 2020 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

 

Jul
18
Sat
“Shaping the Contours of Federalism: the American Civil War in New Perspective” with Dr. Stephen D. Engle @ The National Civil War Museum
Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The National Civil War Museum will offer its seventh program in our 2020 Lessons in History Speaker Series of 12 free lectures to the public with Dr. Stephen D. Engle.

"Shaping the Contours of Federalism: The American Civil War in New Perspective"
Presentation with Dr. Stephen D. Engle - Professor and Director, History Symposium Series at Florida Atlantic University.

The 2020 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.