Harriet Jacobs Alive (sort of)

Harriet Jacobs Alive (sort of)

An evening with Nikki O'Dell, who portrayed Harriet Jacobs in the PBS documentary Slavery and the Making of America.

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#JuliaWilburRoadTrip

#JuliaWilburRoadTrip

A great trip to Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut, with lots of connections and conversations.

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Dr. Edwin Bentley and the Body Parts

Dr. Edwin Bentley and the Body Parts

We all have our particular interests.

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The Presidio in the Civil War

The Presidio in the Civil War

No, the GG bridge wasn't built in the Civil War, but the Presidio was up and running.

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New Year's Eve Day--A Sad Time for Julia Wilbur

New Year's Eve Day--A Sad Time for Julia Wilbur

December 31, 1859, was a sad milestone for Julia Wilbur, but one that propelled her in a very different direction.

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Holiday Gift, 1850s: Autographs for Freedom

Holiday Gift, 1850s: Autographs for Freedom

Hot Christmas gift in 1853-1854: Autographs for Freedom, compiled by the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society.

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At the Gettysburg Cemetery: The Minnesota Urn

At the Gettysburg Cemetery: The Minnesota Urn

Daryl and Diane Sannes' generosity calls attention to Minnesotans who fought at Gettysburg and suffered a horrific casualty rate. And it turns out that their own home has a connection to two members of the regiment, one of whom died in the battle.

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Book Plates from Afar

Book Plates from Afar

Want to give someone a signed copy of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time from afar? Here's the solution

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Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

Thanksgiving in Alexandria, 1862

In 1861, Julia Wilbur celebrated Thanksiving quietly in New York State. The following year was a different story.

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Visiting Dr. Mudd

Visiting Dr. Mudd

Contemplating the role of Dr. Samuel Mudd in the Lincoln assassination, while surrounded by his and his family's possessions.

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Lost Alexandria

Lost Alexandria

Lance Mallamo helped a rapt audience "find" some pieces of lost Alexandria.

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Goat Castle

Goat Castle

"Murder, aristocracy, recluses, and goats"--and race relations in this book by Karen L. Cox.

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From Diary to Biography

From Diary to Biography

I hope my guest blog for the University of Nebraska Press gives you some useful tips to go from diary pages to a narrative.

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Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

Watch my conversation with Bjorn Skaptason on Author's Voice at Chicago's Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.

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Honoring Anna Lynch

Honoring Anna Lynch

Anna Lynch (1925-2017), much loved and respected, honored at the Lyceum on September 23.

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Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood: USCT Member, Medal of Honor Recipient, Diary Keeper

Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood: USCT Member, Medal of Honor Recipient, Diary Keeper

Few first-person accounts by USCT are known, which is why the diary of Sgt. Major Christian Fleetwood caught my interest.

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National Book Festival: At the Virginia Booth

National Book Festival: At the Virginia Booth

i got to volunteer at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' booth at the National Book Festival.

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The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria

The Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria

Meredith Barber on the history of the Athenaeum building in Old Town Alexandria.

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Point Lookout, Maryland: A Confederate POW Camp, a Union Fort, and a Place to Fish

Point Lookout, Maryland: A Confederate POW Camp, a Union Fort, and a Place to Fish

Point Lookout's location marked it for many things during the Civil War, including a large Confederate POW camp. 

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Update--Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

Update--Appomattox Statue, Then and Now

The Confederate veteran has stood on Alexandria's main north-south thoroughfare for more than 100 years. What should happen to it now?

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