Updated Schedule for 2012-2013, including Fredericksburg Anniversary

Ongoing: 

March 2012-May 2013.  We Can Never Go Back”—an exhibit at the Fredericksburg Area Museum

August 27-December 31:  Picturing the Civil War”—an exhibit at the Fredericksburg Area Museum. 

Events: 

September 21: A Fireside Chat: Looking at the Emancipation Proclamation.  Dodd Auditorium, The University of Mary Washington, 7 – 9 p.m.. A program of the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission. Event is free, but pre-registration is required.

September 10: Mysteries and Conundrums: Civilians at War.
Part of a fall speakers’ series at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, main branch, presented by the National Park Service. John Hennessy and Noel Harrison will look at the civilian landscape and experience in the Fredericksburg region, with an emphasis on the unusual and mysterious. Derived from the park’s popular blog, Mysteries and Conundrums.  Free.

September 22-23: Yankees in Falmouth: Under the Yoke.
A program of living history, tours, and music that will reveal the trials of the Union occupation of the summer of 1862. Includes a special bus tour of the Trail to Freedom. Moncure Conway House, Falmouth.

October 1: Mysteries and Conundrums: Killing Fields
Second in a fall speakers’ series at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, main branch, presented by the National Park Service. John Hennessy and Noel Harrison will look at the battlefield landscape in the Fredericksburg region, with an emphasis on the unusual and mysterious. Free.  Derived from the park’s popular blog, Mysteries and Conundrums

November 17: Years of Anguish: Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1-5 p.m., featuring Frank O’Reilly, George Rable, and Susannah Ural. The fourth in this popular series will gather the premier scholars on Fredericksburg for a lively discussion of the battle and its legacy. Free.  Book signing to follow. 

November 19: Mysteries and Conundrums: Developing a Battlefield Park.
The third in a fall speakers’ series at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, main branch, presented by the National Park Service. Eric Mink will look at the evolution of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, with an emphasis on the curious and unseen. Free.

December 7-9: Milestone Event. The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg.
– December 7: Battle’s Eve. A presentation by National Park Service historian Frank O’Reilly in the historic Presbyterian Church on George Street. 7 p.m. Free
– December 8-9. A local re-enactment on Saturday will provide the backdrop for an intensive schedule of tours and special programs, culminating on Sunday, December 9, with a community procession through the streets, church bells tolling, the simulation of 100 shells a minute exploding over town, and a climactic commemorative event at the Sunken Road.
[Details to be released August 2012)

December 11-15: Fredericksburg 150: The Battle in Real Time.
Join the entire NPS staff for a series of walks in the town and on the field on the day at precisely the time of the events 150 years ago.
(Details released August 2012)

December 16: Christmas at Chatham.
Kevin Rawlings returns as a Civil War Santa, in what has become an annual tradition at Chatham.

2013

April: Years of Anguish: Presidents and their Generals.                                  The fifth installment of this popular speakers’ forum.  [Details to come.]

May 3-5: Milestone Event. The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville
– A local re-enactment on Saturday will provide the backdrop for an intensive schedule of tours and special programs, many of them in real time at the precise “150th moment.” Highlights include a participatory re-staging of Jackson’s flank march (May 2), a sunset walk at the Jackson wounding site, special speakers, sunrise tours on May 3, children’s programs, and a culminating commemorative event on Saturday evening, May 4, at Fairview.

May 10: The Death of Stonewall Jackson. A day of special programs at the Jackson Shrine, exploring the life and death of Thomas Jonathan Jackson. Free.

September: “The Churches Remember: Stafford County”  [Details to come.]

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About John Hennessy

John Hennessy is the Chief Historian (Chief of Interpretation) at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
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