Loading Events

Past Events

Events Search and Views Navigation

Event Views Navigation

February 2020

African Americans and the Civil War in Western Maryland

February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740 United States
+ Google Map
Free
Mary Coon

Focusing on African American civilians in western Maryland and nearby areas, this talk will explore the experiences of men and women of color, both enslaved and free, during the American Civil War. What did the war mean to them? How did they participate in it? What opportunities and dangers did it bring? The lecture will also look briefly at the more than one hundred black men from Washington County who served in the Union Army.

Find out more »

May 2021

Ebenezer’s Lost Cemetery

May 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
https://aahawmd.org/

In this free online talk, I'll be tracing the history of a lost African American burial ground in downtown Hagerstown, MD. The Ebenezer or Bethel cemetery dates from at least the 1840s and was the main cemetery for Hagerstown's 19th-century black community, but today no sign of it is left. What happened to this graveyard, and to the human remains buried there? I'll tell the story and try to answer the questions. Use this Zoom link to hear the talk,…

Find out more »

October 2021

Interview with “Write Talk” Series

October 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free
Tolson’s Chapel, Sharpsburg

I'll be the guest of ZSun-nee Matema in her web interview series, "Write Talk," at Tolson's Chapel in Sharpsburg, MD. We'll be talking about my forthcoming book, Black Antietam: African American Experiences of the Civil War in Sharpsburg, and more generally about researching and writing African American history. The interview will be available to view later on YouTube.

Find out more »

April 2022

McCauley Lecture: A Black Family at the Battle of South Mountain

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room, Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch, Washington County Free Library, 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740 United States
+ Google Map
Free

Very few firsthand accounts survive of African American experiences during the Civil War in western Maryland. One of them comes from the family of Rev. Daniel Ridout, an A.M.E. preacher for Frederick and Washington Counties. Living in Hancock at the beginning of the war, and then outside Burkittsville, this black family had many adventures before the Battle of South Mountain, which happened literally on their doorstep. This talk will focus on how the Ridouts--mother, father, and children--experienced the years 1859…

Find out more »

Evolving Perspectives on Slavery, Emancipation, and Antietam

April 23 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Shepherd’s Spring Retreat Center, 16869 Taylors Landing Rd
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 United States
+ Google Map
$95.00

Antietam – 160th: Evolution of the Scholarship: Changing Perceptions and Park History The Antietam Institute is pleased to announce its first annual Spring Symposium, slated for April 23, 2022. Marking the 160th anniversary of the 1862 Maryland Campaign, the symposium will focus on the evolving scholarship, interpretation and understanding of the campaign over the last 160 years. The Symposium will welcome these five dynamic speakers: Steven Stotelmyer, Dr. Emilie Amt, Keith Snyder, Scott Hartwig, and Dr. Tom Clemens. Steve will…

Find out more »

May 2022

Meeting Unusual Challenges: Friends of Halfway African American Cemetery

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free

In a joint presentation, Elizabeth Paul and I will discuss the challenges faced in saving and preserving Halfway African American Cemetery, with a focus on the contributions of many community partners, including volunteers, civic groups, local businesses, archaeologists, genealogists, and descendants. The conference is an online, fully remote event, and free, although donations are very welcome. Registration is required. Our 30-minute presentation is scheduled to start soon after 10:00 a.m. (after a brief business meeting).

Find out more »
+ Export Events