Over the last four years, we Civil War enthusiasts have been focused on one 150th anniversary after another—from Lincoln's election and the firing on Fort Sumter to the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg. Now, the sesquicentennial is drawing to a close. What are we going to do with ourselves?
I don't think we have too much to worry about: we'll carry on studying the Civil War just like we always have, long past April 2015. But before we move into the next phase of Civil War history, let's pause for one last sesquicentennial occasion. The ending of the 150th anniversary presents us with an irresistible opportunity to meet in Richmond, Virginia, for an extra-special summer seminar.
As well as hearing from some of the best Civil War historians around, we'll also take three exceptional field trips together. On Memorial Day, we'll attend the Richmond Symphony's Sesquicentennial Finale Concert, narrated by our own Bud Robertson. We'll follow in the footsteps of Robert E. Lee with a 150th anniversary tour of the Army of Northern Virginia's retreat to Appomattox, led by the brilliant staff of the Pamplin Historical Park. And we'll take one last trip to the Museum of the Confederacy for a special behind-the-scenes visit, before it merges into the new American Civil War Museum in 2016.
The roster of speakers is as distinguished and wide-ranging as you've come to expect. You'll hear from familiar speakers such as Bud Robertson, Richard Sommers, and John Coski as well as new faces like Kimberly Kutz and Katy Meier. Also on the schedule are some of Richmond's leading Civil War experts, such as Edward L. Ayers, President of the University of Richmond; Christy Coleman, co-CEO of the new American Civil War Museum; Chris Calkins of Sailor's Creek; and Robert E. L. Krick.
It's going to be a milestone in the almost decades-long history of Virginia Tech's Campaigning with Lee - Civil War Institute. I look forward to seeing you there!
With best wishes,
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