Signal Corps Weekend @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day
Signal Corps Weekend @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Living History and Modern Military Encampment   Living historians portraying members of the Union Army’s Signal Corps will be encamped at the Pry House throughout the weekend. During the Battle of Antietam, the Pry Farm served as an important signal station for Gen. McClellan as he coordinated the army’s movements. Periodic demonstrations each day will showcase the equipment and operations of the Signal Corps during the Civil War. Interpreters will present the evolution of the U. S. Signal Corps, which began just before the Civil War and continues to play a vital role in the modern military. Visitors can try...

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Civil War Talk – Naval Medicine in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Civil War Talk - Naval Medicine in the Civil War @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Mr. Don Fischer will give a presentation on naval medicine and surgeons during the Civil War. Naval operations during the Civil War are generally overshadowed by the campaigns of armies on land, but maritime activities were no less important to the strategies and outcome of the war. Likewise, naval surgeons are often overlooked for their counterparts with Civil War armies, but Mr. Fischer will give an account of the service of shipboard doctors working for the health and welfare of fighting men at sea. Mr. Fischer will be dressed as U.S. Naval surgeon and have on hand a variety of...

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152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Sep 13 – Sep 15 all-day
The Pry House will host a Civil War medical living history program to commemorate the site’s role as a medical center during the Battle of Antietam. Members of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association will re-create a surgical hospital in the Pry Farm’s original threshing barn, which served as a Civil War field hospital. Surgeons, stewards, and nurses will give hands-on, interactive demonstrations of a variety of medical practices, including triage, battlefield surgery, and the making of medicines. Displays will showcase a variety of tools and equipment used by medical officers at the Battle of Antietam and throughout the Civil...

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Frederick County Civil War Roundtable Meeting @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Sep 18 @ 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for an evening lecture. The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at jbsheriff1@comcast.net or visit http://frederickcountycivilwarrt.org/index.html.
Oct 2 – Oct 6 all-day
22nd Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine @ Kennesaw State University
22nd Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine Atlanta, GA Double Tree by Hilton, Atlanta-Marietta 2055 S Park Pl, Atlanta, GA 30339, TEL: 770-272-9441 The National Museum of Civil War Medicine has assembled an impressive panel of prominent historians, authors and medical professionals to speak on a wide variety of topics at this year’s Conference. Come learn something new at the Twenty-Second Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 3-5, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Atlanta–Marietta, Georgia. Highlights of the conference include seven unique lectures on Friday and Sunday, and a Saturday bus tour of the hospital sites in...

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Frederick County Civil War Roundtable Meeting @ Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
Oct 16 @ 11:30 pm – 12:30 am
Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable and the Historical Society of Frederick County for an evening lecture by Craig L. Symonds, Professor Emeritus at the US Naval Academy and renowned naval historian, at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. Please note: This meeting will NOT be held at the National Museum of Civil War Meeting.   FCCWRT meetings are free and open to the public. They occur on the third Thursday of the month at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at jbsheriff1@comcast.net or visit http://frederickcountycivilwarrt.org/index.html.
7th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award Dinner @ Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Oct 23 @ 10:00 pm – 1:00 am
7th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award Dinner @ Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
The Letterman Award was established to celebrate MAJ Jonathan Letterman’s work as Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac. In honor of his visionary work, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine has established the annual Letterman Award to recognize an individual or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to improving medical processes and patient outcomes. This is a ticketed event that requires pre-registration.For more information, please contact April Dietrich at letterman@civilwarmed.org or call 301-695-1864, ext. 1009
Dutch Oven Cooking Class @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Oct 25 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dutch Oven Cooking Class @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
The Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host a class taught by expert dutch oven cooks, Meredith Poffenberger, Jackie Greer, and Robert Stransky. Visitors will see first-hand the technique of cooking with dutch ovens, which were an integral part of both home and camp cooking during the Civil War Era. Visitors can observe the unique style of cooking with these traditional vessels, as well as their impressive versatility for preparing a wide range of food. Participants will then have the chance to taste the delicious cast-iron creations! Class Sessions will be at 10:00 AM and repeat at 2:00 PM. Each...

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A Night at the Museum: Behind the Screams Tour! @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Oct 31 @ 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
A Night at the Museum: Behind the Screams Tour! @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  On Halloween Night, the NMCWM offers a special spooky night at the museum! Visitors will follow the lantern of their guide through the darkened galleries of the most haunted building in Frederick and hear first-hand ghostly encounters from the staff. The tour will illuminate the ghoulish side of the Civil War in a space that was used for over 100 years to embalm the dead of Frederick. The program will include scary stories that were told by soldiers during the Civil War. Interpreters along the way will recount the horrors of America’s deadliest war, from wounded men...

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Frederick County Civil War Roundtable Meeting @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Nov 21 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am
Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for an evening lecture. The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at jbsheriff1@comcast.net or visit http://frederickcountycivilwarrt.org/index.html.
Nov 27 – Nov 28 all-day
Museums Closed: Thanksgiving
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine & its affiliate sites will be closed today, Thursday, November 27th, 2014 in observation on Thanksgiving. The Museum will be open on Friday, November 28th, 2014 at 10:00am.
A Pry House Christmas @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Dec 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
A Pry House Christmas  @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Come to the Pry House and see what the holiday traditions where during the time of the American Civil War. Have some cookies, play games, drink hot drinks, see and make decorations, and sit and have a chat with our very own Civil War Santa.
Museums by Candlelight @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Museums by Candlelight @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
  The NMCWM is one of a dozen historical and cultural venues participating in this holiday celebration. The Museum has extended hours and is open to the public for free. Living historians will be on-site portraying surgeons of the Union and Confederate Armies, talking about their life-saving work in the Civil War. Docents will be on hand to talk with visitors throughout the galleries and live musicians will be playing period Christmas and other Civil War Era tunes, Children can make 19th century crafts to take home and we may even have a visit from our Civil War Santa Claus!
Antietam National Battlefield Illumination @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Antietam National Battlefield Illumination  @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Before experiencing Antietam Battlefield’s annual Grand Illumination; visit the exhibits at Pry House and Thrashing Barn. Walk the same halls as General McClellan and President Lincoln. Experience the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam through the eyes of Civil War era living historians.Illumination gates open at 6pm at the entrance on Route 34. Pry Field Hospital closes for the season, today.
Frederick County Civil War Roundtable Meeting @ The National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for their Annual Christmas Party, refreshments will be served, please bring a snack or dessert to share. The meetings are free and open to the public, they occur on the third Thursday of the month. For more information contact Jack Sheriff at jbsheriff1@comcast.net
Dec 24 – Dec 26 all-day
The Museum will be closed on Tuesday, December 24-25, 2014, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Museum will reopen on Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10am
Jan 3 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Jennifer Moore will present on the subject of her undergraduate thesis, “A Woman’s Touch: Female Nursing in the American Civil War”. Ms. Moore will discuss the creation of formal nursing roles for women in Union and Confederate militaries. She will relay the many obstacles which they encountered, such as the pressure of societal norms and the sexism of male colleagues, as well as their successes on carving out a meaningful role for women in Civil War medicine. The talk will look at specific nurses with a strong impact, including Louisa May Alcott and Hannah Ropes. It will also touch on...

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Historic Happy Hour @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Please join us as we celebrate our new partnership with Distillery Lane Ciderworks! Distillery Lane Ciderworks will share samples of two hard ciders – The Encampment and Scrumpy. Light refreshments will be provided. Located just outside of historic Burkittsville, the DLC property stands on “The Encampment,” where Union soldiers camped during the Battle of Crampton’s Gap in September 1862. We are excited to begin this journey with Distillery Lane Ciderworks, an important Maryland historic property!NMCWM Executive Staff will also make an important announcement regarding a national television project in which the NMCWM is a major part. Staff will also provide...

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The Civil War After Dark @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Civil War After Dark @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
An After-Hours Living History Tour On January, 23 2015, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will offer a special nighttime tour through its galleries. Visitors will follow the lantern of their guide through the darkened exhibits of the museum, meeting living history interpreters who will recount stories from the Civil War after dark. Tours will take place after the museum has closed to visitors for the day, giving attendees the chance to visit one the area’s most popular museums after hours!   This special program will let visitors experience the Civil War as it happened at night! Attendees will...

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Feb 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Robert Slawson, MD, FACR, and author of Prologue to Change: African Americans in Medicine in the Civil War Era, will tell the unlikely story of a handful of African-American physicians who rose against discrimination to serve as surgeons for the Union Army during the Civil War. While their numbers were few, the case of these intrepid men is remarkable and helped pave the way for future African-Americans in medicine and military service. Dr. Slawson will relate how their largely unknown stories came to light and his research into their experiences.
Feb 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Gene Schmiel will discuss the subject of his recent book, Citizen General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era. Jacob Cox, a lawyer, politician, and former divinity student with no formal military training, was among the first Union generals in the Civil War. In a conflict in which “political generals” often proved less than competent, Cox emerged as one of the best commanders in the Union army. His military career included helping secure West Virginia for the Union; jointly commanding the left wing of the Union army at the critical Battle of Antietam; breaking the Confederate supply line at...

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Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you love history? Do you love food? If you answered yes to either of these questions then join us for a night of Civil War love stories paired with exquisite food and libations. Start your Valentine week off right by joining us at 6 pm, Monday, February 9th. The Wine Kitchen, on Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick, has reserved the entire restaurant for this occasion. This is a private event and will include love stories as told by Executive Director George Wunderlich. Stories of passion, longing and loss. Stories of food and drink. Stories that will transport you back...

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Feb 14 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Historian C.R. Gibbs will speak of the creation of the United States Colored Troops and their service during the Civil War. Over 180,000 African-Americans enlisted in the USCT, constituting 10% of the Union Army by the end of the Civil War. Soldiers of the USCT served with distinction in every theater of the war and nearly 40,000 never returned. Although placed in segregated units, the Civil War service of African-American soldiers marked a major advancement toward equal civil rights and helped create opportunity for Black Americans. On Saturday afternoons in the month of February the CBMSO will host a free...

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Feb 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Betsy Estilow, President of the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will present on the unsung contributions of thousands of African-American men and women in medical service during the Civil War. Though often overlooked, people of color performed incredible service as caregivers, nurses, and doctors in both the North and South. Their efforts not only provided relief for the suffering and aid to their respective causes, but also paved the way for greater social equality and professional opportunity. On Saturday afternoons in the month of February the CBMSO will host a free lecture series centered...

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Historian C. R. Gibbs, author of Black, Copper, and Bright: the District of Columbia’s Black Civil War Regiment, will tell the story of the First Regiment, United States Colored Troops, organized in the District of Columbia in 1863. The regiment fought in over a dozen engagements through Virginia and North Carolina, losing hundreds of men to injury and disease. Gibbs will recount the formation of the regiment, made up of fugitive slaves and free blacks, the battles it endured, the toll on its men, and their joyous welcome home. On Saturday afternoons in the month of February the CBMSO will...

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Mar 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Author and historian Bob O’Connor will talk on the subject of his recent book, The U.S. Colored Troops at Andersonville Prison. Though Confederate officers and troops were infamous for giving no quarter to members of the United States Colored Troops, over one hundred black soldiers are known to have been held in the notorious Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia. Many would die there in captivity and their graves incorporated in Andersonville National Cemetery. Mr. O’Connor will give an account of these forgotten African-American prisoners and highlight the remarkable stories of a few USCT soldiers held in Andersonville. The NMCWM will...

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Mar 7 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tracey McIntire and Dr. Audrey Scanlan-Teller will speak on the experiences of over four hundred women who disguised themselves as men to serve heroically in Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. The presentation will illuminate not only individual stories, but gender roles and military culture during the Civil War Era. Both speakers will themselves be authentically dressed as Civil War female soldiers. On Saturday afternoons in the month of March, the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will host a free lecture series centered on the contributions of women in the Civil War. A full schedule will be posted...

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Living Historians Workshop @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine hosts its Annual Civil War Medicine Living Historians Workshop, an all-day symposium on skills, knowledge, and resources valuable in providing quality living history programs to the public, specifically focused on medicine during the Civil War. Sessions will be hosted by members of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association, as well as other veteran living history interpreters and museum staff. Registration of the Living Historians Workshop is $60 for non-members and $50 for members and active volunteers, and includes lunch. Participants will be able to register online or by phone.
Mar 14 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Sara Florini, of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, will discuss Clara Barton’s legacy as an early advocate for gender and racial equality. As a forward thinking and pragmatic woman, Barton did not allow her sex to be an obstacle to achievement and refused to accept discrimination in her professional or social circles. Throughout her life, Clara Barton was advocate for equal pay, universal suffrage, social equality, and dignity for men and women of every race. On Saturday afternoons in the month of March, the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will host a free lecture series centered on the contributions...

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Mar 21 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Betsy Estilow, President of the Board of Directors for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will present on the contributions of female nurses to armies on both sides of the Civil War. While today the majority of professional nurses are women, this was not the case prior to the 1860s, when nursing was considered an inappropriate activity for ladies, and rarely a paid vocation. Thousands of women answered the call to service in hospitals and battlefields during the Civil War, rendering invaluable service to the sick and wounded and paving the way for women in the field of professional...

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Frederick Patients after the Battle of Antietam

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