Civil War 150 Legacy Project to visit Christ Church July 13
, 2014


Civil War 150 Legacy Project
to visit Christ Church July 13

As part of its Civil War Family Day on July 13, Historic Christ Church will host the Civil War 150 Legacy Project.

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From left, Historic Christ Church curator Robert Teagle and president Bonnie Dawson, Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society executive director Kathy Schuder, and Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library executive director Karen Hart display some of the Civil War documents that Christ Church will have scanned for the Legacy Project. 

A partnership between the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and the Library of Virginia, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project is a statewide, multi-year initiative to locate, digitize and provide online access to original Civil War manuscripts that are still held in private hands throughout Virginia, explained curator Robert Teagle.

The Legacy Project will provide individuals the opportunity to have their historic letters, diaries, photographs and other collections scanned to preserve their valuable intellectual content and make them available for historical research via the internet.

The project focuses on manuscript materials created from 1859 through 1867 that reflect social, political, military, business and religious life in Virginia during the period of the Civil War and early Reconstruction, said Teagle. Citizens are urged to bring original family materials to be scanned for the project. Scanned materials will be made available on the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission websites.

Staff from the Civil War 150 Legacy Project will be at Christ Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Appointments are recommended due to the scanning time that may be required for multi-page documents such as diaries. Walk-ins will be accommodated as scheduling allows.

For an appointment, contact Teagle at rteagle@christchurch1735.org, or 438-6855.

The Civil War Family Day is part of a Civil War Summer at Christ Church. The Virginia Historical Society’s traveling exhibition, “An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia,” will be at Christ Church from July 12 through 28.

On July 12 and 13, Christ Church will host the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile from the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. The HistoryMobile is a 53-foot-long museum on wheels that explores the war as experienced by young and old, enslaved and free, and soldiers and civilians.

Family Day also will feature Civil War re-enactors including a U.S. Colored Troops Medal of Honor winner, sailors, the only African-American journalist to work for a major newspaper during the Civil War and a Civil War surgeon.

There will be activities for children and hot dogs and ice cream. Ampersand will present a concert of 1860s songs in the churchyard at 6 p.m.

The events are sponsored by Historic Christ Church in partnership with the Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library and the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society with support from the Dominion Foundation and Dominion Virginia Power and Connemara Corporation of White Stone.


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