Three Upcoming 2015 History Programs Announced

Washington, D.C. and the Civil War: The National Capital

Three public programs are currently planned for early 2015. In January, veteran Washington, D.C. author Mark N. Ozer will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, Washington, D.C. and the Civil War: The National Capital. This engaging book discusses the National Capital’s relationship to the war in three phases: first, as the wartime seat of government in which the political battles of war and reconstruction raged; second, its role on the frontlines of the war as an actual “seat of war”; and third, it’s place secured by the war as the capital of a more unified nation and its role as a “seat of Civil War memory.” This event is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, January 28 in Ketchum Hall in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building at 200 Maryland Avenue, NE, on Capitol Hill. The lecture is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and autograph by the author.

In February, the Society will join with the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C. to observe African American History Month by sponsoring a lecture on emancipation in Washington, D.C. by Professor Kate Masur of Northwestern University. Professor Masur is the author of An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C., published in 2010 by the University of North Carolina Press. The lecture will take place at noon on Thursday, February 5 in Ketchum Hall in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building at 200 Maryland Avenue, NE, on Capitol Hill. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Society’s annual spring symposium is scheduled for May 7-8, beginning with a keynote address on the evening of Thursday, May 7 and continuing through a full-day of presentations on Friday, May 8. The subject of the 2015 symposium is the end of the Civil War and its aftermath—both the short term and long term effects of that bloody and divisive conflict as it pertained to Congress and the federal government. More details on the conference will be posted on the website and in emails to Society members.