General Interest Items – August 7, 2013

Posted on Aug 4 2013 in General by admin

2.1 Tredegar Iron Works Civil War Events – Richmond – Begin August 10
2.2 Article – “Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills”


2.1 Tredegar Iron Works Civil War Events – Richmond – Begin August 10

The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
500 Tredegar Street
Richmond, VA

Cost: $8/adult; $4/student (ages 6 through 17); children 5 and under free.

Fire! Rifle and Musket Program
Saturday, August 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m

Join a costumed historical interpreter for a discussion and demonstration of the primary infantry weapon of the American Civil War. The program includes a blank, black-powder firing.

Gallery Tour – “Drummer’s Call: Field Music of the Civil War”
Saturday, August 10, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Join a costumed interpreter for this gallery tour and hear about the importance of drums, bugles, and fifes to Civil War soldiers North and South.

Gallery Tour – “Fateful Lightning: Religion and the Civil War”
Sunday, August 11, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Join museum educator Sean Kane for a gallery tour focusing on the role religion played in the American Civil War. From the Bible’s use to justify or to condemn slavery to the religious revivals that swept up soldiers in camp, this tour will highlight artifacts that tell the fascinating story of a war in which “both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, while each invokes His aid against the other.”

Gallery Tour – “Angels on the Battlefield”
Saturday, August 17, from noon to 1 p.m.

The war saw nursing go from an all-male profession to one populated by ladies determined to show their patriotism and aid the thousands of wounded soldiers. Join a costumed interpreter for this family-friendly gallery tour and examine the accomplishments of women in nursing and medicine during the American Civil War.

Gallery Tour – “A Woman’s War”
Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

As nurses, workers, and spies, these remarkable women not only maintained the home front, they were instrumental in what happened on the battlefront! A costumed interpreter will lead this family-friendly gallery tour that explores the roles women played during the American Civil War.

Meet the Curator, Meet the Artifact
Monday, September 2, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the year, artifacts in the “In the Cause of Liberty” exhibition change to showcase remarkable pieces that have been shared with the Iron Works from private collections and renowned museums around the country. Tredegar’s Curator for the American Civil War Center is excited to share these remarkable pieces with you.

Guided Tour “Men of Iron”
Monday, September 2, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Before, during and after the Civil War, the Tredegar Iron Works was an important industrial complex. In peacetime, it supplied the vast expansion of the railroad industry; in war, it produced the largest number of cannon in the Confederacy. Tredegar owner Joseph Reid Anderson, the people who worked the iron, and the historic buildings are all part of the tour of the grounds.

If you do not make it to the guided tour, be sure you allow time to see the all of the Tredegar Iron Works on your own when you visit one of the other events.

See the website for more information, or contact Penelope Carrington Wallace at 804-780-1865 or


2.2 Article – “Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills”

In this article about the value of play, you’ll read about the historical commercialization of play and what it has meant to the children of today. You won’t feel guilty about not buying a lot of toys or saying, “Go outside and play!”

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