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CVBT 2013 Annual Meeting

Coming May 5th, 2013

Special Guest: Author / Historian Gordon Rhea


The Central Virginia Battlefields Trust is pleased to announce its annual meeting which will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of The Wilderness. On Friday, May 2, 2014 noted author and historian Gordon Rhea will join us to discuss the battle. Several of Gordon’s books will be available for sale in the banquet hall, and he will be happy to inscribe them.


The annual meeting will be held at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel, 2801 Plank Road in Central Park. It will include a delicious buffet dinner and a premium brand cash bar.



George Mason to host Civil War 150 Signature Conference in May

Registration now open

The American Civil War in a Global Perspective is the focus of a conference that will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University.  Dr. Peter N. Stearns, Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University, will chair the program, which is the sixth installment in the popular annual Signature Conference series sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.  Registration for the conference is now open.

This program provides the opportunity to look at the Civil War from an intriguing perspective.  The Civil War was an intense regional struggle, but it was also an international event in many ways.  Considering it from this standpoint provides a number of unexpected connections between the American crisis and the wider world, while shedding new light on the war itself.

The conference will juxtapose the Civil War with other internal conflicts during the same period—the national unifications in Europe, the struggles over identity in Japan, rebellions in China and in India.  Each case has distinctive features, which comparison helps to highlight, but there were some common issues that provide fresh insights into the American experience.

Historians of international acclaim will discuss the war's wider impacts in areas ranging from the global cotton trade, to international abolition efforts, to changes in the future of military operations, to the implications of the Civil War as one of the first wars fought in an industrial age.

Registration fee is $15 (conference only) or $25 (conference and lunch).  Advance registration will be open until May 1 or when capacity is reached. For more information and online registration, visit or call (804) 786-3591.

Great Lives – The 2014 Chappell Lecture Series

Biographical Approaches to History and Culture

All lectures are open to the public free of charge and begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, University of Mary Washington.  For further information, call the Events Information Line at 540/654-1065 or visit


Thu  Jan 16 – John Wilkes Booth
David O. Stewart, Attorney
Author, The Lincoln Deception


Tue  Jan 28 – Jim Henson
Brian Jay Jones
Author, Jim Henson: The Biography


Tue  Feb 4 – Martin Luther King, Jr.
David Garrow, University of Pittsburgh Law School
Author, Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference


Thu  Feb 6 – Bob Dylan
Sean Wilentz, Princeton University
Author, Bob Dylan in America


Tue  Feb 11 – The Hatfields and McCoys
Dean King
Author, The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys: The True Story


Thu  Feb 20 – Jim Thorpe
Kate Buford
Author, Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe


Tue  Feb 25 – Mata Hari
Pat Shipman
Author, Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari


Thu  Feb 27 – Augustus
Karl Galinsky, University of Texas, Austyn
Author, Augustus: Introduction to the Life of an Emperor


Tue  Mar 11 – Henry Ward Beecher
Debby Applegate
Author, The Most Famous Man In America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher


Thu  Mar 13 – Women of the Manhattan Project
Denise Kiernan
Author, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win WWII


Tue  Mar 18 – Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Therese Anne Fowler
Author, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald


Thu  Mar 27 – Titans of the Gilded Age: Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan
H. W. Brands, University of Texas, Austin


Tue  Apr 1 – Henry VIII
Jeremy Black, University of Exeter
British historian

Tue  Apr 8 – Shakespeare
Lois Potter
Author, The Life of William Shakespeare: A Critical Biography


Thu  Apr 10 – Spartacus
Barry Strauss, Cornell University

         Author, The Spartacus War


Tue  Apr 15 – Machiavelli
Miles Unger
Author, Machiavelli: A Biography


Thu  Apr 17 – Simon Bolivar
Marie Arana
Author, Bolivar: American Liberator


Tue  Apr 22 – Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Reeve Lindbergh, Daughter of Charles and Anne Lindbergh
Author, Under a Wing: A Memoir




Rappahannock Valley CWRT Meetings

2nd Monday each month at Brock's Riverside Grill at 503 Sophia Street, Fredericksburg. See Our Location for directions.7:00 pm; meeting at 7:45 pm.


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