1. Apr
    Sunday: Apr 20 (all day)
    The National Museum of Civil War Medicine and its affiliate site will be closed to observe Easter Sunday. The Museum will reopen on Monday, April 21 at 10:00am. 
  2. Apr
    Saturday: 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

    The Pry House Field Hospital Museum will host its first Civil War Scholars Saturday on April 26, 2014. The event is a one-day symposium with leading experts in American Civil War history. International scholars from diverse backgrounds will each give an individual presentation followed by an open and engaging discussion with the audience.

    Appropriate to the Pry House’s location, this first program will focus on the Battle of Antietam, specifically its physical impact, and how people and communities coped in the hours, days, and months which followed. Presenters will include: 

    Ted Alexander – Chief Historian of Antietam National Battlefield and author of several books, including The Battle of Antietam: the Bloodiest Day, as well as a host of scholarly and popular articles on Civil War history. Mr. Alexander is also a leader and contributor for many Civil War seminars, symposiums, and tours across the region.

    Dr. Gordon Dammann – founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and respected expert on medicine during the Civil War. Dr. Dammann is the author of several books, including Images of Civil War Medicine and Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment, Volumes I-III, and a frequent speaker at Civil War round tables and historical societies in Maryland and his home state of Illinois.

    George Wunderlich – Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and internationally recognized expert on diverse topics including Civil War Medicine, ballistics and firearms, and historical instruments. For 25 years, Mr. Wunderlich has contributed to historical preservation and education at national, state, and private parks and museums too numerous to mention, and regularly appears as an expert contributor for PBS, the BBC, the History Channel, and National Geographic.

    Wayne Motts – Chief Executive Officer of the National Civil War Museum and author of Trust in God and Fear Nothing: Lewis A. Armistead, C.S.A. among other works of Civil War history. Mr. Motts is the former director of the Adams County Historical Society, a respected expert of Civil War history, and has been a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide for over 25 years.

    Civil War Scholars Saturday will run from 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM with a lunch break at noon. A light lunch will be available on site. The program will take place outdoors under a large tent on the grounds of the Pry House.

    Though not required, attendees are strongly encouraged to pre-register online. For more information, contact Kyle Wichtendahl at or 301-695-1864, ext. 1013. 

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  3. May
    Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Speaker Dr. John Golski, DDS will discuss the practice of dentistry and the treatment of myofascial injuries. The presentation will explain the wide spread importance of dentistry during the Civil War and the great advances made in reconstructive and therapeutic treatments. Civil War Talks are included in the price of admission and free to members. 
  4. May
    Saturday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    2014 Cigar and Whiskey Night

    Share in an authentic Civil War experience — smoking cigars and sipping whiskey. National Museum of Civil War Medicine Executive Director George Wunderlich will bring his knowledge, his storytelling talents and his banjo. George will personally pick the cigars for the evening, drawing on his vast experience as a cigar aficianodo. A craft distillery will provide tastings and samplings of whiskey and bourbon from their small, organic and exceptional line of spirits.  Expect generous rounds of a signature drink.

    Light fare will be provided. Please contact the Museum for more details on pre-registration. For overnight accommodations contact SpringHill Suites at (301) 582-0011 and mention you’re with the Cigar and Whiskey Night event for a discounted rate.  The proceeds from this event go directly to the operation and improvement of the Pry House Museum and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

     An exclusive experience that will transport you back in time. A unique Sesquicentennial event. 

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    This is the 3rd annual event is limited to 75 attendees and will certainly sell out!   This will be a members only event.

  5. May
    Saturday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

    John Milleker

    The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office will host a special program on Civil War Era wet-plate photography on Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11, 2014. As part of the special exhibit, “Bringing the Story of War to Our Doorsteps: Rediscovering Alexander Gardner’s Antietam Photographs,” wet-plate photographer John Milleker will be in residence demonstrating the fascinating and often misunderstood collodion process used by Matthew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and other Civil War photographers.


    Mr. Milleker will be in the historic space of the Missing Soldiers Office from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM both days, demonstrating the same photographic processes that produced Alexander Gardner’s original images of the battlefield dead in 1862. Mr. Milleker and his assistants will give scheduled demonstrations each day at 11:30AM, 1:30 PM, and 3:30 PM, with additional demonstrations possible as visitors may gather. This program will be a rare opportunity for residents and visitors of Washington to witness Civil War Era photography first-hand.

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    This special wet-plate photography program is free with paid admission to the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office. If visitors wish, they may have an authentic wet-plate tintype or ambrotype (glass plate) photograph made of themselves for a cost of $40. Proceeds from the sale of these historically correct photographs will benefit the museum.

    For more information please contact Kyle Wichtendahl at 301-695-1864 ex. 1013 or

  6. May
    Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


    Join the Pry House staff and volunteers plant new additions to the medicinal and kitchen garden.  Grab your gloves and shovels and dress accordingly. Don’t want to get dirty? Stop by and learn more about the different plants and how they were used during the Civil War. Light refreshments will be served. The event is rain or shine, however it will be cancelled in the event of lightning or very heavy rains. 
  7. May
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Join members of the Frederick County Civil War Roundtable for an evening lecture. Mike Sipes will portray Lt.Gen.Jubal Early, the Confederate commander at the battle of Monocacy. 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 or visit
  8. May
    Thursday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Join the students from the surrounding area and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine staff as living historians throw out the first pitch at History Days. This is a ticketed event. For more information please contact the Keys box office 301-662-0013.
  9. Jun
    Friday: Jun 20 – Jun 22 (all day)

    The Antietam Early Banjo Gathering is the premier event for enthusiasts and scholars of the 19th-century banjo music and culture. The conference, held at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on the Antietam National Battlefield, raises awareness of the early banjo’s significance in the development of American popular music and culture. It also underscores music’s importance in the lives of Civil War soldiers.

    The event is a unique forum for both experts and novices to meet and share knowledge, playing technique, and research. Each year, the conference brings together dozens of people—researchers, collectors, musicians, and instrument builders—from across the nation to participate in workshops, jam sessions, and scholarly lectures. The gathering takes place in and around an 1840s threshing barn, lending an appropriate setting and atmosphere that is both scholarly and casual.

    The Antietam Early Banjo Gathering typically features five to six different program sessions throughout the weekend. Presenters on each day talk or demonstrate on a wide range of subjects, including instrument construction, playing techniques, music, history, and other topics closely associated with the early American banjo. The conference’s schedule allows ample time for “jam sessions” and mentoring with some of the nation’s most experienced players.

    The cost of registration for the Seventh Annual Antietam Early American Banjo Gathering is $70 for Non-Members and $60 for Members. Registration includes Saturday lunch, continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lectures, and overnight accommodations for those who wish to camp on the Pry House property (Note: registrants must provide their own period or modern tent), and admission to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the Pry House Field Hospital. Hotel accommodations are available in nearby Hagerstown, MD at a discounted rate for gathering participants.

    Registration opens at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Friday afternoon. Formal sessions typically begin on Friday evening and run through Sunday afternoon. A public concert is held on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Saturday concert is staged in or near the Pry Barn, while the Sunday concert takes place at the Dunker Church on Antietam Battlefield. As a part of the gathering, registered participants are invited to perform in these concerts. While participation in either concert is purely voluntary, attendees are encouraged to share and each performance gives participants an opportunity to play publicly with well-respected musicians in these special, historic venues.


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  10. Jun
    Saturday: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


     As part of the museum’s annual Early American Banjo Gathering, the Pry House will be hosting a public concert of authentic early American banjo music in the Pry Barn. Participants of the conference will perform various popular and entertaining numbers featuring the early banjo, once America’s most popular instrument. Seating is limited, we ask guest to consider bring their own chairs.
    The cost of this event is $5 per adult and $3 per child. 
  11. Jul
    Saturday: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Dr. John M. Rathgeb, MD will explore real cases from Union and Confederate Soldiers wounded during the Battle of Antietam. The presentation will examine their injuries, course of treatment, and outcome and compare them with modern orthopedic practices. In commemoration of the 150th Battle of Monocacy, the July Civil War Talk will be held at the Monocacy National Battlefield Visitors Center and will be a free lecture. 
  12. Jul
    Wednesday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Journey Through Hallowed Ground
    Certified Tourism Ambassador Training
    July 9, 2014
    1:00 pm- 5:00 pm
    $49 Registration fee includes pre read materials
    Sign up today at

    The Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program is a groundbreaking, nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training and inspiring front-line hospitality employees and volunteers to work together to turn every visitor encounter into a positive experience. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) CTA Program goes well beyond basic customer service training; it:

    • Gives you the opportunity to build upon your knowledge of your community and the entire JTHG National Heritage Area;
    • Enhances your skills in serving customers;
    • Increases your awareness of information resources; and
    • Provides you with freebies & discounts to attractions, hotels & restaurants in the JTHG National Heritage Area

    For more information, contact Alyssa Poulin at  540.882.4929.  

  13. Jul
    Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    This weekend long event filled with Civil War era toys and games for children of all ages is sure to be a great experience for the entire family. Children and parents alike can practice their penmanship and make take home crafts, such as rag-dolls and clay marbles. Children’s activities will begin at 11:00am and end at 5:00pm daily. This is a rain or shine event. 

  14. Aug
    Saturday: Aug 2 – Aug 3 (all day)

    Living History and Modern Military Encampment 


    Living historians portraying members of the Union Army’s Signal Corps will be encamped at the Pry House during this event. Periodic demonstrations each day will showcase the equipment and operations of the Signal Corps. Active duty members of the modern U.S. Army’s 114th Signal Battalion will also be present to talk with visitors and demonstrate their role on today’s battlefields. Both modern and historical signalmen will work together to 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 may try on uniforms and equipment and have a chance to send messages. 


  15. Sep
    Friday: Sep 12 – Sep 14 (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 17th Corps Field Hospital of Illinois and the Blue and Gray Hospital Association of Maryland 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 War.

    Interpreters will give special presentations at the top of each hour from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, or as visitors gather. Programs are generally kid-friendly and designed for families to enjoy together. During the weekend, the museum will be open for extended hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm. On Saturday evening, the grounds will remain open until 9:00pm for the candlelight surgery demonstration. 

  16. Sep
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    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 or visit
  17. Oct
    Thursday: Oct 2 – Oct 5 (all day)

    Annually 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. We invite you to be a part of the 22nd Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine for more information contact Tom Frezza at or at 301-695-1864, Ext. 1011, or visit our website at Please note that this is a pre-registered event we are unable to offer refunds for cancellations made after September 1, 2014.

  18. Oct
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    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 or visit
  19. Oct
    Thursday: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    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 or call 301-695-1864, ext. 1009

  20. Nov
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    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 or visit
  21. Nov
    Thursday: Nov 27 (all day)

    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.

  22. Dec
    Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


    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.

  23. Dec
    Sunday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


    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.  

  24. Dec
    Thursday: 7:30 pm – 8:30 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

  25. Dec
    Wednesday: Dec 24 – Dec 25 (all day)

    The Museum will be closed on Tuesday, December 24-25, 2014, for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    The Museum will reopen on Thursday, December 26, 2014 at 10am