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A Civil Conversation with Christopher Graham, via Zoom

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Christopher Graham will speak about his new book Faith, Race, and the Lost Cause: Confessions of a Southern Church in a Civil Conversation with NCWM CEO Jeffrey Nichols. About the speaker: Chris is from North Carolina and earned his PhD in American history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is currently a curator at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, where he lives with his wife. They are both members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. This is an online-only event and is free and open to the public. Click here to register.

2023 Lessons in History Presentation with Scott Mingus

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Join us for our 2023 Lessons in History presentation with author Scott L. Mingus on July 8, 2023, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm. Mingus will discuss his book "If We Are Striking for Pennsylvania"   About the Author: Multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global specialty paper industry. The Ohio native graduated from Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps, and he was a pioneer in the early development of bar code labels. He has written more than 30 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-SPAN, C-SPAN3, PBS, PCN, and several other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, PA, where he and his wife Debi live. He also has written six scenario books for miniature wargaming. He received lifetime achievement awards from the York County History Center and the Camp Curtin Historical Society for his many contributions to local history. His books and wargaming scenario books have received or been nominated for numerous national awards. The 2023 Lessons in History […]

An Evening with CW Goodyear & Jeffrey Nichols: President Garfield

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and the National Civil War Museum are honored to welcome historian CW Goodyear to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, in Harrisburg, for an in-person conversation and signing on his new biography, President Garfield: From Radical to Unifier. In this magisterial biography, C.W. Goodyear charts the life and times of one of the most remarkable Americans ever to win the Presidency. Goodyear will be in conversation with the CEO of the National Civil War Museum, Jeffrey L. Nichols. Watch on YouTube Live Here About the Book: The first comprehensive biography in decades of the extraordinary, tragic life of America’s twentieth president—James Garfield. In this magisterial biography, C.W. Goodyear charts the life and times of one of the most remarkable Americans ever to win the Presidency. Progressive firebrand and conservative compromiser; Union war hero and founder of the first Department of Education; Supreme Court attorney and abolitionist preacher; mathematician and canal man; crooked election-fixer and clean-government champion; Congressional chieftain and gentleman-farmer; the last president to be born in a log cabin; the second to be assassinated. James Abram Garfield was all these things and more. Over nearly two decades in Congress during a polarized era—Reconstruction and the Gilded Age—Garfield […]

2023 George Armstrong Custer Symposium

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Cost (in-person includes a boxed lunch): Non-members - $60.00 NCWM Members - $50.00 Register here to attend in person Zoom - $30.00 - Register here for the Zoom-only option We are pleased to present the following speakers: James Hessler - With Custer to the End: Captain George Yates - Among the Seventh Cavalry’s officers, Captain George Yates does not receive the same attention as Reno, Benteen, Keogh, Tom Custer, or many others. Yet, Yates had one of the longest-standing relationships with George Custer dating back to the Civil War, and they died within only feet of each other on Last Stand Hill. Join Jim Hessler as we discuss the life and career of Captain George Yates, from the Civil War, through his wife’s ties to this region, and to those final bloody moments in Montana. About the speaker - James Hessler originated the idea for this symposium. Jim has worked as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park for two decades. He authored or co-authored three full-length books on the Gettysburg campaign: Sickles at Gettysburg (2009), Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg (2015), and Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard (2019). His books received several distinguished book awards. Jim currently co-hosts the popular […]

Lessons in History Presentation “Longstreet – The Confederate General Who Defied the South” with Dr. Elizabeth R. Varon

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Join us for our 2023 Lessons in History presentation with author Elizabeth R. Varon on December 9, 2023, 1:00 pm -2:00 pm. Ms. Varon will discuss her book, LONGSTREET - The Confederate General Who Defied the South. Elizabeth Varon’s LONGSTREET is a bold new biography that tells the story of the most remarkable political about-face in American history. During the Civil War, General James Longstreet fought tenaciously for the Confederacy. He was alongside Lee at Gettysburg (and counseled him not to order the ill-fated attacks on entrenched Union forces there). He won a major Confederate victory at Chickamauga and was seriously wounded during a later battle. After the war, Longstreet moved to New Orleans, where he dramatically changed course. He supported Black voting and joined the newly elected, integrated postwar government in Louisiana. When white supremacists took up arms to oust that government, Longstreet, leading the interracial state militia, did battle against former Confederates. His defiance ignited a firestorm of controversy, as white Southerners branded him a race traitor and blamed him retroactively for the South’s defeat in the Civil War. Although he was one of the highest-ranking Confederate generals, Longstreet has never been commemorated with statues or other memorials […]

Lessons in History Presentation with Edda L. Fields-Black

The National Civil War Museum 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA, United States

Join us for our Lessons in History Presentation with author Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black, on March 9, 2024, from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at the NCWM.  Author Edda L. Fields-Black will talk about the story of the Combahee River Raid, one of Harriet Tubman’s most extraordinary accomplishments, based on original documents and written by a descendant of one of the participants. This NCWM Lessons in History presentation will focus on the Combahee River Raid. Most Americans know of Harriet Tubman’s legendary life: escaping enslavement in 1849, she led more than 60 others out of bondage via the Underground Railroad, gave instructions on getting to freedom to scores more, and went on to live a lifetime fighting for change. Yet the many biographies, children’s books, and films about Tubman omit a crucial chapter: during the Civil War, hired by the Union Army, she ventured into the heart of slave territory–Beaufort, South Carolina–to live, work, and gather intelligence for a daring raid up the Combahee River to attack the major plantations of Rice Country, the breadbasket of the Confederacy. Using previous unexamined documents, including Tubman’s US Civil War Pension File, bills of sale, wills, marriage settlements, and estate papers from planters’ […]

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