Hot off the press: You might be interested to know that this fall Eric Mink, Noel Harrison, and John Hennessy do a special speakers series based on Mysteries and Conundrums. It’s a chance for us to meet some of you, and you us, and look at some of the more interesting mysteries and conundrums we have unraveled and some we continue to work on. The idea is to share in live time some of the discussions we have, or hope to have, in this forum, and give you an opportunity for you to ask questions or raise new mysteries and conundrums. We’ll rely almost entirely on historic images, and will lookly deeply into them, focusing on the the new, the interesting, and unusual about the Civil War-era landscapes in and around Fredericksburg.
All programs begin at 7 and will be at the Headquarters Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library at 1201 Caroline Street. The schedule:
September 10: Mysteries and Conundrums: Civilians. Harrison and Hennessy will reveal some of the more curious things that emerge from period photographs, art, and documents—what they tell us about the civilian landscape and the people who lived there.
October 1: Mysteries and Conundrums: Killing Fields. Harrison and Hennessy will look intensively at period images of battlefield landscapes—including some taken while fighting was underway—as well as post-war and even aerial imagery of the fields.
November 19: Mysteries and Conundrums: Building a Battlefield Park. Eric Mink will explore his compelling work on the evolution of the park, touching on the Civilian Conservation Corps, segregation, and some of the more curious episodes in the park’s history.
All programs are free.