The 40th Annual Historical Studies Conference, scheduled from Nov. 14 to 17, includes lectures and panel discussions of interest to Civil War enthusiasts. Extremely well planned with morning to night presentations, the conference is a true bargain at $20.
On Thursday, the first event for the “Marching on Washington” conference will be held at George Washington University where Northwestern University associate professor of history Kate Masur will speak on “Black Politics in Civil War Washington: What Spielberg’s Lincoln Didn’t Tell You.”
The next day, the conference resumes at the Historical Society of Washington D.C. at the Carnegie Library in Washington. Beginning at 11:15 a.m., three concurrent sessions will be offered, including, “From Slavery to Freedom,” that deals with slavery and its aftermath in Washington. Beginning at 2:15 p.m., more concurrent sessions are scheduled with “Anticipation, Shock and Aftermath of Washington’s Civil War,” offering a look at how the city defended itself against expected Confederate attack and what happened to the 1st D.C. Cavalry.
There will be more concurrent sessions on Saturday with several that are Civil War related. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., “Campus and Complex in the Nation’s Capital,” includes one talk on the history of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, formerly the Government Hospital for the Insane, where Union soldiers were treated for war wounds. At 2:15 p.m., “Extraordinary Success” includes a discussion of Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckly.
The final day, Sunday, is devoted to various tours including Downtown, Lafayette Square and the Mall.