Virginia Center for Civil War Studies

Upcoming events

Friday, April 28, 4:00-6:00 p.m. “Buried in Blacksburg” Exhibit Reception.  This spring, approximately 25 Virginia Tech students are completing intensive research projects, focused on local men and women, soldier and civilian, free and enslaved, who lived through the American Civil War and were buried in Blacksburg, Virginia.  This exhibit will be hosted by the Alexander Black House from Monday, April 24 to Monday, May 1, and culminates in this special reception, hosted by the students.  The Alexander Black House is located at 204 Draper Rd. SW.

Saturday, April 29, morning. Civil War cemetery tour.  A walking tour led by Smithfield Museum Director April Danner, of the Westview and Preston Cemeteries, located at 723 E. Roanoke St. & 1000 Smithfield Plantation Rd.  Fighting, dying, surviving, wounds, prisons, hospitals — these are just some of the stories you will hear about when we meet at the Westview Cemetery at 9am.  Then, we will move on to the Preston Cemetery to learn more about how the Civil War dramatically changed the life of one family forever.

Saturday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. “Death and Dying in the American Civil War: How accurate is Mercy Street‘s depiction?” A lecture and screening with award-winning historian Dr. Shauna Devine, historical consultant for the hit PBS series “Mercy Street,” at the Lyric Theatre.  Dr. Devine will not only highlight the role death in the show, through clips and discussion, but also her interesting experience as a historical consultant for PBS.  This lecture is co-sponsored by Virginia Tech’s 2016-2017 Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.  The Lyric Theatre is located at 135 College Ave.