Well, we’re off and running with the Sesquicentennial and already here in Virginia we’re seeing even more controversy surrounding the way textbooks portray the Civil War era. That being said, I’ve perused the web over the past week and have come up with the following calendar of events that pertain (directly or indirectly) to United States Colored Troops. If I missed anything, please let me know and I will gladly post an update.
4 VA Grand Opening of exhibit “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia”. Virginia Historical Society. 428 North Boulevard http://www.vahistorical.org/civilwar/main.htm
11 VA Lecture, "African Americans in the Civil War," at the Lucy Corr Village, 6680 Lucy Corr Blvd, Chesterfield. 7 pm. Free. 804-751-4946.
12 MD Lecture, “The African American Civil War Experience,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 11 am. Free with museum admission. http://www.civilwarmed.org/ or 301-695-1864.
18-20 FL Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park near Lake City. Camps, demonstrations and music all weekend plus artillery night firing Friday evening and battles at 3:30 pm Saturday and 1:30 pm Sunday. $7/person weekend ticket. 877-635-3655 or http://www.floridastateparks.org/.
19 VA Lecture, “African-Americans in the Union Navy,” at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News. 1 pm. Free with museum admission. 757-596-2222 or http://www.marinersmuseum.org/.
19 VA Film showing, “Glory,” at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News. 1 pm. Free with admission. 757-247-8523.
26 Washington D.C. Association for the Study of African American Life and History. 85th Annual Black History Month 2011 Luncheon and Featured Authors' Event. 1:00 PM. Renaissance Hotel. Guest speakers include historian Lerone Bennett, Jr., Executive Editor Emeritus, Ebony Magazine; event honorary co-chair Dr. Frank Smith, former DC Councilman and current Director of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum.
28 MD Lecture, “African American Surgeons of the Civil War,” at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. 11 am. Free with admission. 301-695-1864 or http://www.civilwarmed.org/.
5-6 VA “The Civil War on the James Tour” 9525 Deep Bottom Road www.discoverthejames.com
12 VA Car-caravan tour “1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign” leaves from Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester (south of Richmond). 10 am–1 pm. $8. 804-751-4946 or http://www.chesterfieldhistory.com/.
9 VA Car-caravan tour, “1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign,” leaves from Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester (south of Richmond). 10 am–1 pm. $8. 804-751-4946 or http://www.chesterfieldhistory.com/.
21-22 VA Reenactment, “Fort Pocahontas,” camps, demonstrations, fort tours and battles each afternoon at the historic Civil War fort on the James River between Richmond and Williamsburg near Route 5. Latest details: http://www.fortpocahontas.org/.
19 VA “Juneteenth” celebration with stories of black sailors in the Union blockade. At the Colonial Courthouse in Gloucester. 2-4 pm. Free. 804-693-2355.
23 VA "Henrico County - Gateway to Richmond, 1861 - 1865", 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Henrico Theatre, 305 E. Nine Mile Road, Highland Springs, 23075. The kickoff event for the Henrico County Sesquicentennial Committee's commemoration, bringing together nationally-renowned authors and experts for a discussion of the crucial role played by Henrico County in the American Civil War. Includes talk on New Market Heights.
24 VA Encampment and Exhibits. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tree Hill farm, 6404 Osborne Turnpike, Henrico, VA 23231. The event will include a ceremony to honor those who were Medal of Honor recipients for valor on Henrico soil and feature living history demonstrations and exhibits from leading Civil War organizations.
24 VA “Voices of Freedom” Program in honor of New Market Heights Medal of Honor Recipient James Gardiner. Gloucester 6509 Main Street. 804-693-2355
29 VA Workshop, “Researching Your African American Ancestors: Genealogy to 1870,” at the Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad St, Richmond. 10 am-noon. Free. Registration required: 804-371-2126.