June 16, 2012, 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM
VALLEY OF THE SHADOW EXHIBITION
With 23,110 casualties, the Battle of Antietam, during the American Civil War, remains a day of great loss for America and stimulated a chain of events leading to the Emancipation Proclamation and the Battle of Gettysburg. This extensive exhibition brings together works of art, such as Eastman Johnson's (American, 1824-1906) "Study for 'The Wounded Drummer Boy'" on loan from the Brooklyn Museum and objects of material culture, such as weaponry, musical instruments and clothing, to tell the stories of the war, from the soldiers who fought in its battles to the women and children who remained at home. Loans from public and private collections and the museum's collection will come together in our largest gallery, the Groh Gallery, to create a "museum within a museum" commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863. THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW TO THE PUBLIC DURING REGULAR MUSEUM HOURS UNTIL JULY 28, 2013. Museum Hours are: Tuesday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Sunday, 1:00-5:00 PM, Closed Mondays. The Exhibition is Admission Free. If you would like to schedule a docent tour of the Valley of the Shadow exhibition, you must call to make arrangements at least two weeks in advance and tours are $5 per person. General Museum tours are free.
June 23, 2013, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Civil War Lecture by Susanna Gold
Dr. Susanna Gold will discuss the visual imagery relating to the catastrophic events that began the Battle of Gettysburg. Offering an analysis of descriptive paintings of the battle, vivid photographs of the aftermath and metaphorical reflections on the destruction of war, Dr. Gold describes how American artists attempted to make sense of the traumatic events through the language of art. Dr. Gold is Assistant Professor of American Art at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia. She has an interest in the effects of the Civil War on American society and the visual responses in painting, sculpture, photography and illustration. She earned her M. A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing a book, "Art, War and Nation," in which Peter Rothermel's monumental painting, "The Battle of Gettysburg, Pickett's Charge," 1870, features prominently.
July 11, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lecture: Dr. Thomas Clemens, "Antietam Remembered"
Learn more about the Civil War by attending our Thursday Evening Civil War Lecture Series. Offered monthly through July 2013, lectures will be presented by regional experts, historians, authors and preservationists. The lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. Dinner for those who pre-register will be served in the Kaylor Atrium at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for dinner and the lectures are $25 for non-members, $20 for museum members. Tickets for the lecture only are $5 each, free for members. Special pricing is available for groups. Dr. Thomas G. Clemens is a professor of history at Hagerstown Community College and a long-time teacher and student of the Civil War will present "Antietam Remembered: Memoirs of America's Bloodiest Day by Survivors of the Battle." He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Salisbury University and a Doctorate from George Mason University. He studied under Dr. Joseph Harsh and wrote his dissertation on Ezra A. Carman's manuscript history of the Maryland Campaign of September 1862. The first volume of his edited and annotated edition was published in 2010 and Vol. II will be published in 2012. Dr. Clemens has also authored numerous Civil War articles and book reviews, including a book review column for "America's Civil War." He is a frequent lecturer and seminar presenter and has appeared as an on-screen historian in several History Channel programs and currently serves as President of Save Historic Antietam Foundation, a non-profit battlefield preservation organization. A 30+ year volunteer at Antietam National Battlefield, he is also a licensed tour guide there. He considers himself a life-long student of the Maryland Campaign of 1862.
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