Tuesday October 6, 7:00 p.m. “Researching Civil War African Americans Workshop.” Interested in learning more about how to research African American experiences during the Civil War? Whether you are studying your own ancestors, or working on a research project, or just curious, this workshop is for you. Our two expert presenters will provide tips on the best methods and resources (many of them online), share their own research experiences, and answer your questions. Dr. Caroline Wood Newhall is the postdoctoral fellow at Virginia Tech’s Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, and an expert in Black POWs who were captured by the Confederacy. Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs is a historian who wrote about her own enslaved ancestors in the book More than a Fraction. Online webinar; click here to register (for free) in advance.
Tuesday October 27, 7:00 p.m. “America’s Original Opioid Crisis: Civil War Veterans and Opiate Addiction.” A free lecture and discussion with Penn State postdoc Dr. Jonathan Jones. The Civil War ignited an epidemic of opiate addiction, the first in American history, and thousands of veterans struggled with drug dependency in the war’s aftermath. This talk investigates the phenomenon of opiate addiction in the Civil War era, illuminating themes such as wartime medical conditions, ideas about pain and manhood in the nineteenth-century, and the fate of ailing Civil War veterans in the Gilded Age. Online webinar; click here to register (for free) in advance.