It’s not the glorified history the U.S Marine Corps usually discusses but the National Museum of the Marine Corps is kicking off a special series with the Battle of Bull Run.

The new program at the museum in Triangle, Va. is aptly called MCHF Leatherneck History Series, sponsored by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and starts July 20. The organizers have planned an evening with historian Patrick Mooney that will include dinner, a gallery tour and discussion. The cost is $35 and the tickets need to be purchased by July 18.

During the summer the series will continue with “Guadalcanal: Starvation Island” on August 3 and “Inside the White House Bunker on 9/11” on September 8.

In 1861 the Marines were flush with new recruits and veteran leadership, but many young Marines fled the scene out in Manassas and others returned to Washington in the face of the Confederate victory.

The museum is also taking a look at contemporary history with a new exhibition on women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “When Janey Comes Marching Home: Portraits of Women Combat Veterans” includes 45 color portraits and oral histories from women who have been deployed.

An accompanying show from The Women of the Corps Collection of the Women Marines Association tells the story from the War of 1812 to today. The exhibition includes a reproduction of a 1918 uniform and a World War II typewriter, among the artifacts. Both shows are up until October 9. Admission to the museum is free.