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A Civil Conversation with Jonathan W. White via Zoom

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

Join us on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 7:00 pm for a CIVIL CONVERSATION. This is a live ZOOM event ~ Jonathan W. White, author of "Shipwrecked A True Civil War Story of Mutinies, Jailbreaks, Blockade-Running, and the Slave Trade" will engage in a Civil Conversation with NCWM CEO Jeffrey Nichols. Register here:  Civil Conversation with Dr. Jonathan W. White   About the book: Historian Jonathan W. White tells the riveting story of Appleton Oaksmith, a swashbuckling sea captain whose life intersected with some of the most important moments, movements, and individuals of the mid-19th century, from the California Gold Rush, filibustering schemes in Nicaragua, Cuban liberation, and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Most importantly, the book depicts the extraordinary lengths the Lincoln Administration went to destroy the illegal trans-Atlantic slave trade. Using Oaksmith’s case as a lens, White takes readers into the murky underworld of New York City, where federal marshals plied the docks in lower Manhattan in search of evidence of slave trading. Once they suspected Oaksmith, federal authorities had him arrested and convicted, but in 1862 he escaped from jail and became a Confederate blockade-runner in Havana. The Lincoln Administration tried to have him kidnapped in violation […]

Commemorate Veterans Day with Free Admission to the NCWM

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

Join us on Saturday, November 11, 2023, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, for a Community Free Day. There will be activities throughout the day and free of charge for all visitors. 10:00 am - 10:20 am - Presentation of the Colors with Ephraim Slaughter American Legion Post #733 at The National Civil War Museum Bastion 10:30 - 12:30 - KINdred Spirits GWG: Hidden Figures of Reconstruction - Join Dr. Sharonn Williams for a two-hour workshop on Genealogy, learning to research about military and political figures. 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm -A reading of "A Visit from Old Saint Nick" and discussion of the origins of Christmas by Mary Claus, accompanied by Jody Hari speaking on Civil War soldier's during the holidays in the Education Gallery. 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - United States Commission Cakewalk and discussion on the Sanitary Commission Fair by Sara Cleveland in the Rotunda. Activities 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Officers and Ladies for the Union throughout the galleries U. S. Sanitary Commission display in the Cost of War Gallery Civil War Games with Eddie Roberts Harrisburg African American Quilters Sew and Sign a Sanitary Commission Quilt with Audrey Trussell We look forward to seeing you […]

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 […]

An Evening with Jon Clinch and Jeffrey Nichols: THE GENERAL AND JULIA

the Midtown Bookstore 1302 North 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA, United States

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore and the National Civil War Museum are honored to welcome author Jon Clinch to Harrisburg for an in-person conversation and signing on his new historical novel, The General and Julia. In this superb work of historical fiction, Ulysses S. Grant reflects on the crucial moments of his life as a husband, a father, a general, and a president while writing his memoirs and reckoning with his complicated legacy. Clinch will be in conversation with the CEO of the National Civil War Museum, Jeffrey L. Nichols. This free event is in partnership with the National Civil War Museum. *Reminder: To enter the signing line, books must be purchased from the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, or you may preorder a copy of the book for pickup/shipment. About the Book: Ulysses S. Grant reflects on the crucial moments of his life as a husband, a father, a general, and a president while writing his memoirs and reckoning with his complicated legacy in this epic and intimate work of “superb historical fiction” (Booklist, starred review). Barely able to walk and rendered mute by the cancer metastasizing in his throat, […]

Civil War Dance Classes – Free

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

Civil War Dance Classes - Free Sunday ~ January 21, February 25, March 10, 2024, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Get ready for the Civil War Preservation Ball, in March 2023. This is great family fun!  Attend one or all of the classes and learn the popular formation dances of the 1860s. Partners are encouraged but not required and wear modern, comfortable, clothing since this is a physical workout. Register here: contact@civilwardance.org Please include the dates you plan to attend and the names of the attendees. Enrollees will be sent a Civil War Dance Manual. Conducted by the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation: * 2011 Civil War Trust’s Reenactment Unit of the Year * 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.   Images courtesy of VDE and the Barefoot Historian

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February Community Free Day

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

The National Civil War Museum is proud to announce its Community Free Day on February 17, 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in honor of Black History Month and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The museum is reopening its doors after a short, planned closure to perform scheduled maintenance. The National Civil War Museum welcomes visitors to enjoy a day of fun activities and entertainment free of charge. Families can participate in a coloring activity grab-and-go station, Music with the Long Hill String Band, Dean Auchenbach: Recruitment into the Army, the U.S. Sanitary Commission, and much more. Guests also can witness James Hayney portraying Abraham Lincoln and delivering a special presentation. “We are excited to celebrate Black History Month and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with our community on this special day,” said Jeffrey L. Nichols, CEO of The National Civil War Museum. “We invite everyone to join us for a day of learning, entertainment, and fun activities.” The National Civil War Museum is a premier destination for history enthusiasts, scholars, and families. It is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of the American Civil War and its impact on American society. In addition to the scheduled programming, the NCWM will open […]

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Civil War Dance Classes – Free

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

Civil War Dance Classes - Free   Sunday ~ February 25, March 10, 2024, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Get ready for the Civil War Preservation Ball, in March 2023. This is great family fun!  Attend one or all of the classes and learn the popular formation dances of the 1860s. Partners are encouraged but not required and wear modern, comfortable, clothing since this is a physical workout. Register here: contact@civilwardance.org Please include the dates you plan to attend and the names of the attendees. Enrollees will be sent a Civil War Dance Manual. Conducted by the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation: * 2011 Civil War Trust’s Reenactment Unit of the Year * 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.   Images courtesy of VDE and the Barefoot Historian

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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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Civil War Dance Classes – Free

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

    Civil War Dance Classes - Free Sunday ~ February 25, March 10, 2024, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Get ready for the Civil War Preservation Ball, in March 2023. This is great family fun!  Attend one or all of the classes and learn the popular formation dances of the 1860s. Partners are encouraged but not required and wear modern, comfortable, clothing since this is a physical workout. Register here: contact@civilwardance.org Please include the dates you plan to attend and the names of the attendees. Enrollees will be sent a Civil War Dance Manual. Conducted by the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation: * 2011 Civil War Trust’s Reenactment Unit of the Year * 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.

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A Civil Conversation w/ Dr. Bruce Levine via Zoom

Join us on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 7:00 pm for a CIVIL CONVERSATION. This is a live ZOOM event ~ Dr. Bruce Levine, author of Thaddeus Stevens will engage in a Civil Conversation with NCWM CEO Jeffrey Nichols. Register here: Book Talk with Dr. Bruce Levine on Thaddeus Stevens About the book: A “powerful” (The Wall Street Journal) biography of one of the 19th century’s greatest statesmen, encompassing his decades-long fight against slavery and his postwar struggle to bring racial justice to America. Thaddeus Stevens was among the first to see the Civil War as an opportunity for a second American revolution—a chance to remake the country as a genuine multiracial democracy. As one of the foremost abolitionists in Congress in the years leading up to the war, he was a leader of the young Republican Party’s radical wing, fighting for anti-slavery and anti-racist policies long before party colleagues like Abraham Lincoln endorsed them. These policies—including welcoming black men into the Union’s armies—would prove crucial to the Union war effort. During the Reconstruction era that followed, Stevens demanded equal civil and political rights for Black Americans—rights eventually embodied in the 14th and 15th amendments. But while Stevens in many ways […]

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Community Free Day

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

  The National Civil War Museum is proud to announce the rescheduled Community Free Day on April 20, 2024, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The National Civil War Museum welcomes visitors to enjoy a day of fun activities and entertainment free of charge. Families can participate in a coloring activity grab-and-go station, Music with the Long Hill String Band, the U.S. Sanitary Commission, and much more. Guests can also watch a very special one-act play, "Independence: The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker," scheduled at 1:00 pm in the Museum Ballroom, with Kathie Barnes as Dr. Mary Walker, written and directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz, and produced by Tina Dwyer. Jeffrey L. Nichols, CEO of The National Civil War Museum. “We invite everyone to join us for a day of learning, entertainment, and fun activities.” The National Civil War Museum is a premier destination for history enthusiasts, scholars, and families. It is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the legacy of the American Civil War and its impact on American society.   The Community Free Day is proudly sponsored by Abel & Son Roofing and Visit Hershey Harrisburg.

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INDEPENDENCE: The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker

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

  The National Civil War Museum Proudly Presents INDEPENDENCE: The True Story of Dr. Mary Walker, with Kathie Barnes as Dr. Mary Walker, written and directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz, and produced by Tina Dwyer on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm, and is Free to the public. This one-act play is followed by a Q&A with the actress. About the play: A women's history play about Dr. Mary Walker - Civil War Surgeon, Heroine, and Positive Role Model. This theatre piece brings to the forefront the life of Doctor Mary Edwards Walker, the Only Woman to have been awarded our country's highest honor, The Congressional Medal of Honor. Living in an era when women had few rights, Dr. Walker didn't take 'No' for an answer, becoming one of the first women to wear pants, to take 'obey' out of her marriage vows and the first woman surgeon in the US. A trailblazer for Women's Rights, Dr. Mary Walker was inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls. Several hospitals bear her name, yet most people do not know of her. Dr. Mary Walker is truly a heroine who needs to be known - and through the powerful art of theatre, this is […]

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