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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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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Mar 28 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
At the outbreak of the Civil War, while men joined armies, women, by necessity, moved into a wide variety of new vocations. Hundreds of them took on the unexpected role of spy. Whether they represented the North or South, were rich or poor, black or white, these daring women defied cultural norms and risked their lives to aid their country and honor their beliefs and aspirations. Hilda Koontz will introduce many of the unsung heroines in this dangerous profession who took on extraordinary risks and changed history. On Saturday afternoons in the month of March, the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers...

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Bell and History Day @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bell and History Day @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is one of a dozen participants in this Frederick County Historic Sites Consortium event to kick off the 2015 museum season. Members of the Blue & Gray Hospital Association will be on hand to display and interpret an expansive collection of Civil War-era medical accouterments, both original and reproduction. Admission to the museum is free for Bell and History Day.
Civil War Scholars Saturday @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Apr 25 @ 9:45 am – 3:00 pm
The Pry House hosts a one-day mini-symposium with experts in Civil War history. Four scholars will each give a presentation followed by an open discussion with the audience. The program will focus on unknown and surprising aspects of the Civil War. A full list of presenters will follow. No pre-registration is required to attend. A donation of $10 is suggested for attendees.
Civil War Talks @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Mark Quattrock, President of the Blue and Gray Hospital Association, will give an overview presentation on the Confederate State Medical Service during the Civil War. While the Confederacy was hard-pressed for man-power, supplies, and resources of all kinds, the Southern military managed to provide an exceptional level of medical care for its soldiers until near the very end of the war. The efforts of Surgeon General Samuel Preston Moore and other medical officers and physicians helped the South to overcome limitations and create an extremely efficient and effective medical system and drive real innovation in patient care. Mr. Quattrock will...

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Confederate Living History Day @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The museum hosts its annual Confederate Living History Day, highlighting the Southern side of Civil War medicine. The Blue and Gray Hospital Association will be on hand in period dress conducting living history for the Confederate medical service. Living historians will also be on hand to portray the common soldier and discuss the uniforms, weapons, food, and daily life for Confederate soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia. Events are free with museum admission.
Jun 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Michael Schaffner will speaking on a crucial, but unsung aspect of the Civil War: military administration and logistics. The Civil War enlisted the services of 3 million soldiers in Northern and Southern militaries over four years. Mr. Schaffner will explain how the Union and Confederacy paid, equipped, and fed these forces using only the technology of the time. Audiences will learn what it originally meant to “cut through the red tape,” and how detailed record-keeping was a vital part of every level of the Civil War Military. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by an expert on a topic...

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Jun 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Robert Hartman, an expert of the history and culture of American flags, will give a program on the U.S. Flag in history. The program will highlight how both the appearance and usage of the national flag have changed throughout history, including during the Civil War. Mr. Hartman has collected nearly a thousand reproduction and original flags, some of which he will incorporate into the presentation. The program will take place in Room 9 of the Missing SOldiers Office and is open to all visitors free of charge.
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cigar and Whiskey Night
2015 Cigar and Whiskey Night 4th Annual Cigar and Whiskey Night Saturday, June 21, 2015 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. Exceptional fare will be provided. Please...

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Summer Lecture Series – The Sultana Disaster @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Writer and journalist Hilda Koontz will recount the tragic loss of the Mississippi River steamship Sultana on April 27, 1865. At the end of the Civil War, the ship was carrying hundreds of former Union prisoners of war north toward home when it exploded, killing over 1,800 passengers. Attendees will learn about heroic actions of men who travelled aboard the Sultana during its final voyage and can decide for themselves if the deadliest maritime disaster in American history was a case of greed or simple incompetence The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical...

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Civil War Talks @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Jul 4 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Prior to the Civil War the American government and civilian communities lacked hospitals as we know it. With the outbreak of fighting both Union and Confederate governments needed to create hospitals that could care for hundreds of thousands of grievously wounded and critically ill soldiers. Dr. John Rathgeb, a retired orthopedic surgeon and authority on Civil War medicine, will discuss the pavilion-style hospital as a model for military hospitals on both sides. Dr. Rathgeb will explain the construction, organization, and operation of the pavilion hospitals which dramatically improved patient care and comfort. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by...

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Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NMCWM Executive Director, George Wunderlich will reach into the rich resources of Federal Government’s Civil War Pension Records to tell the story of life for Civil War veterans and their families. He will recounts incidents both humorous and poignant that reveal the medical legacy of soldiers who had bourn the burden of war. The talk will explain how the United States, and later former Confederate state governments, reimbursed its wounded warriors and how the process evolved over subsequent decades. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the Civil...

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Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Although Maryland never seceded from the Union, the state’s loyalty remained divided and thousands of native Marylanders served in the armed forces of the Confederacy. In 1888 the old Federal Arsenal at Pikesville, Maryland was converted into the Confederate Soldiers Home, a residence for several hundred former Confederate soldiers. The home was administered by the Association of the Maryland Line and remained in operation until 1932. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the Civil War. A full schedule of presenters and topics will be available online in...

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Jul 18 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Clara Barton to the Rescue: Bringing Relief to the Wounded of Antietam @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
During America’s bloodiest day, the Battle of Antietam, Clara Barton was on hand to deliver emergency supplies and working tirelessly to help the wounded. Visit with living historians at the Pry House to learn about Barton’s experiences on the battlefield. Visitors can see the types of supplies that Barton took with her to the front and try their hand and some of the important tasks of Civil War nurses. The program will take place in the barn and around the grounds of the Pry House.
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Do Hollywood movies tell a true story of medical practices in the Civil War? Dr. Gordon Dammann, founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, will discuss six films and their impact on viewers’ impressions of medical practices of the time. The presentation will view excerpts of each film to analyze good and bad depictions and their relevance to the true story of medicine The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the Civil War. A full schedule of presenters and topics will be available online in 2015....

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Jul 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Every aspect of warfare was transformed during the 19th century, and military medicine was no exception. Dr. James Tent, professor emeritus of the University of Alabama, will examine American and European armies in different conflicts to illustrate how care and treatment of combat casualties was revolutionized during the century. Dr. Tent will especially highlight how medical innovations during the American Civil War became a model for militaries across the world and continue to inform combat medicine in the present day. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine will host a lecture by a historical expert on a subject of the...

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Signal Corps Weekend @ Pry House Field Hospital Museum
Aug 1 @ 11:00 am – Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm
Living historians portraying members of the Union Army’s Signal Corps will be encamped at the Pry House throughout the weekend. Periodic demonstrations each day will showcase the equipment and operations of the Signal Corps during the Civil War. Visitors can try on uniforms and equipment and have a chance to send messages. There is not a fee for this program. A donation of $5 is suggested for visitors to the museum.
Civil War Talks @ National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Aug 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Curator of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will give a talk one of the most interesting and controversial artifacts in the museum’s collection: a mummified human arm believed to be from the Battle of Antietam. She will discuss the known history of the arm, research and analysis, and current findings. Ms. Eggleston will talk about what can be learned from such a powerful object, but also the difficulties and ethical issues which confront a museum when working with or displaying human remains. The NMCWM will host a free lecture by an expert on a topic of the Civil...

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