New Construction For Civil War Museum

The Times Dispatch has an article on new construction beginning at the American Civil War Museum at Tredegar:

The museum marks a major milestone on that path Monday, when it will break ground on a 29,000-square-foot main exhibit hall and collections storage and preservation center to be built into the hillside at the Tredegar site, incorporating the brick ruins of the old ironworks that powered the Confederate war effort.

The new museum building, at roughly $25 million, will feature a 75-seat immersive “experience theater” that greets visitors on the first floor that aims to tell the story, from all sides, of the war that almost pulled the United States apart. Key themes will revolve around individual decisions and how they were shaped by events.

This Saturday: History at Sunset: Tredegar in the World Wars

From the Facebook event page:

This Saturday at 7pm, there’s a history tour at Tredegar. Though the Tredegar Iron Works is most often associated with the Civil War, it was also part of the “Arsenal of Democracy” in both World Wars of the 20th Century. Join Ranger Mike Gorman for a unique look at the labor issues and production of one of Virginia’s most important industrial sites.

For more information, you can contact Ranger Gorman at this email address:

Tredegar Hosts “Refugees From Slavery” Thursday

The American Civil War Museum at Tredegar is hosting a talk on Thursday at 6 pm entitled “Refugees From Slavery” as part of their ‘Foundry Series’.

From the FaceBook event page:

What do Dadaab, Kenya and Zatari, Jordan have in common with the U.S. Civil War? Present-day refugee camps share important similarities with Civil War contraband camps. Discover how men, women, and children who fled from slavery to contraband camps influenced emancipation, the progress of the war, and the redefinition of U.S. citizenship.


Chandra Manning, Ph.D., Georgetown University.
Dr. Manning’s most recent book, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, about Civil War contraband camps, won the Museum’s 2016 Jefferson Davis Award.

Program Partners:
ReEstablish Richmond
CWS Richmond Refugee Resettlement
Artist Alfonso Perez Acosta

For more info and tickets, click here.

The Foundry Market At Tredegar This Sunday

The American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works is hosting ‘The Foundry Market’ from 12 pm to 4 pm this Sunday (and also June 11).

From event description:

The American Civil War Museum’s Foundry Market is an artisan craft fair with an emphasis on handmade, local products. We’ll have vendors from across the state, demonstrations of craftsman at work, and food trucks.

Bring the whole family down for a Sunday at Historic Tredegar and imagine what our bustling ironworks might have been like 150 years ago.

Beego Handmade
Flourish Creative
Liberatus Jewelry
Matthew Pellman
Morris and Norris
New Custom
Nicholas Creek Forge
Paper Rose
Petite Shards Productions
Renan Banjos
Robin’s Egg Jewelry
Ruby Belle Adornments
Sew Brave Designs
The Bird & Elephant
The Timbered Wolf
The Wild Wander

….and more!

The Foundry Series- Combat, Racial Violence & Resilience

Quite a title, right? The American Civil War Museum at Tredegar is hosting this event Thursday evening:

Following the Civil War and Emancipation, Union veterans and African American civilians faced physical and mental challenges that put their resilience to the test in new post-War environments.

Gather for snacks, drinks, and socializing at 6pm, talks begin around 6:30pm.


Never Get Over It: What Night Riding Meant to African American Families
Kidada E. Williams, Ph.D., Wayne State University
From 1868-1871, armed southern white men raided African American communities, holding families hostage and subjecting them to torture, rape, and assassination. Using victims’ testimonies before Congress, Kidada E. Williams presents the story of how survivors understood the consequences of this violence, specifically how it unmade their families and compromised their ability to fulfill their visions of freedom.

Sublimity,Terror and Love: Veterans and the Psychological Impact of War
Stephen A. Goldman, M.D., FAPM, DFAPA, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Tools of war have undergone significant technological advances since the American Civil War, but the experience of battle and its effects on the combatant remain strikingly similar and profound in our time. The multifaceted psychological impact of war includes not only combat stress reactions, but also emotional resilience and successful societal reintegration. Explore the great influences, positive and negative, of combat and military service on veterans’ lives, and what has been learned throughout history about treating those who’ve been under fire. Following a remarkable group of severely wounded Union soldiers and sailors, discover how their powerful warrior identity spurred commitment to Reconstruction and racial equality, and sustained their collective belief in the causes for which they had fought.

Program Partners
Black Minds Matter Project
YWCA Richmond
Virginia War Memorial
Virginia Veteran and Family Support

Cost: $10.00, $8.00 members

Civil War and Emancipation Day at Tredegar Tomorrow

From the webpage:

This year’s Civil War and Emancipation Day highlights two significant themes in post-War Richmond that have evolved into fundamental components of our modern democracy: voting and education.

Join cultural, historical, and community organizations from Greater Richmond for a day of hands-on activities, performances, historical talks, and a mid-day keynote program.

Admission is free. For more information and a schedule of activities, visit

Participating Organizations:

American Civil War Museum
Black History Museum & Cultural Center
City Dance Theatre, Richmond, VA
East End Cemetery Cleanup & Restoration Project
Groundwork RVA
League of Women Voters Metro Richmond, VA
Library of Virginia
The Mariners’ Museum and Park
Richmond Ballet
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Richmond Public Library
Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church (The Mount – Richmond)
Urban Archeology Corps RVA
The Valentine
VCU Department of History
Virtual Curation Laboratory
The Virginia Defender
Virginia Historical Society
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia State Capitol
Virginia Union University
Venture Richmond

Richmond In Civil War’s End Photos Tour On Saturday

From National Park Service press release:

RICHMOND, Va. – This fall, park rangers from Richmond National Battlefield Park invite the public to enjoy a heaping helping of history while being active outdoors. Through the park’s Half-Day Hikes series, visitors can explore a variety of historical topics at the dates and locations listed below – all while enjoying the great outdoors! All programs are free and do not require registration.

September 17 – Richmond in Photographs (3-4 hours). Over 300 photographs were taken in Richmond in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. This walking tour will focus exclusively on these images of a vanished landscape, providing participants a unique “then and now” opportunity to view the city. Ranger Mike Gorman is an expert in Richmond’s Civil War photographs and will lead the tour. Expect extensive uphill and downhill walking; visitors are advised to wear comfortable footwear, wear sunscreen, and bring water. Tour begins at Tredegar Visitor Center (470 Tredegar Street, Richmond) at 12:30 p.m.


Afrikana Film Festival Presents “Coming To America” at Tredegar On Friday

From FaceBook Event page:

It’s that time again!!! Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and join Afrikana Film Festival for Starry Night Cinema, on the lawn at Historic Tredegar! We are pumped to partner with Ms. #dopeanddifferent herself, Kelli S. Lemon for this, our first interactive screening!

We are excited to present the classic, “Coming to America” and make it live so that you can enjoy all of favorite parts,
OUT LOUD! That’s right, this is the one time you get let your soul glo and sing about your queen to be DURING the movie! Be inspired to dress as your favorite character and feel free to act out ALL the classic scenes! So grab your lion stole and start practicing those unforgettable lines NOW!

Thanks to our community partner, Tredegar Iron Works for their continued support of Afrikana Film Festival!!

Gates open at 8p
Screening starts at dusk (around 8:45p)
Concessions and adult beverages will be available
Open to the Public
Suggested donation $10
*no outside food/beverage allowed

*In the case of inclement weather, meet us under the big tent in the Tredegar Courtyard