National Archive Civil War Programs – February

Earlier this month I mentioned Civil War programs offered as a continuing series by the National Archives.  Here’s what is scheduled for February:

Near Andersonville, Winslow Homer’s Civil War

Monday, February 7, at noon
Jefferson Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
American painter Winslow Homer rose to national attention during the Civil War, but one of his most important early paintings, “Near Andersonville,” remained unknown for a century. In this illustrated lecture, author Peter Wood reveals the long-hidden story of this remarkable Civil War painting.
Wood examines the interplay of symbolic elements and links the painting to Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign of 1864. Wood’s provocative study gives us a fresh vantage point on Homer’s early career, the struggle to end slavery, and the dramatic closing years of the Civil War. A book signing will follow the program.

An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, DC

Tuesday, February 8, at noon
Jefferson Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
In her book An Example for All the Land, Kate Masur discusses Washington, DC, during the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The city became a laboratory for political experimentation as the question of racial equality produced a debate about black Washingtonians and their demands for public respect, equal access to employment, public services, and the right to vote. A book signing will follow the program.

Spies and Conspiracies: Espionage in the Civil War

Tuesday, February 8, at 7 p.m.
During the Civil War both sides conducted intelligence operations to give their side an advantage. Despite the often disorderly nature of these efforts, there were successes, including the use of Union codes to protect communications, and both sides effectively used agents to gather and report information. Clayton D. Laurie, historian for the Center for the Study of Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency, moderates a panel including Donald E. Markle, author of Spies and Spymasters of the Civil War; Ann Blackman, author of Wild Rose: Rose O’Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy; and Ken Daigler, former employee of the CIA and author of Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War.
The National Archives Experience presents this program in partnership with the International Spy Museum.

Ken Burns’s The Civil War

Thursday, February 10, 17, and 24 at noon
Jefferson Room and William G. McGowan Theater (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
The Archives continue the landmark nine-part television series by filmmaker Ken Burns.
February 10—Most Hallowed Ground (1990; 72 minutes) (Jefferson Room)
February 17—War is All Hell (1990; 67 minutes) (Jefferson Room)
February 24—The Better Angels of Our Nature (1990; 69 minutes) (William G. McGowan Theater)

The Hunley

Saturday, February 12, at noon
Jefferson Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
Armand Assante and Donald Sutherland star in the true story of the submarine CSS Hunley, set during the siege of Charleston of 1864. The Hunley was the first submersible to sink an enemy ship during wartime. (1999; 120 minutes)

Know Your Records: Escape on the Pearl

Tuesday, February 15, at 11 a.m. and noon
Adams Room (Special Events Entrance on Constitution Avenue)
From the Records Book Group
After a related presentation at 11 a.m., the book group discusses Escape on the Pearl: The Heroic Bid for Freedom on the Underground Railroad by Mary Kay Ricks. Check the Archives Shop (202-357-5271) for book availability and a discount for book group participants. Please bring your own refreshments to enjoy.

Know Your Records: Beyond the Basics:  Emancipation Records of the District of Columbia

Wednesday, February 16, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Enter on Penn. Ave.)
Damani Davis, archivist, teaches this month’s “beyond the basic” archival research skills for genealogists, held on the third Wednesday of each month (all skill levels welcome).

Know Your Records: Exploring the Ex-Slave Pension Movement

Tuesday, February 22, at 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (Enter on Penn. Ave.)
Miranda Booker Perry, archivist trainee, discusses the quest for ex-slave pensions and the role Federal agencies played in suppressing freed people. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, February 24, at 11 a.m.)

Please note many of these events have moved from the William G. McGowan Theater, which is closed for improvements through the last week of February.

Visit the National Archives event site for more details and contact information.