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Summer programs offered

The American Civil War Museum’s 2017 summer schedule has begun, including daily program offerings and participation in the Blue Star Museums program.

According to a press release, at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, “Tredegar History Tours” are offered daily. Each one-hour, staff-led walking tour explores the historic Tredegar Iron Works site, its role as one of the South’s leading industrial sites during the Civil War and the diverse people who worked there.

“Tredegar History tours are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on weekdays, and at 11 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekends,” officials said in the release. “Cannon firing demonstrations take place Fridays and Saturdays at Historic Tredegar at 2 p.m.”

According to the release, at the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox, daily guided discussions around the historic cabin and neighboring garden show what life was like for people — both free and enslaved — in Appomattox during the Civil War era. The museum also remains open an extra hour between Memorial Day and Labor Day, operating from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“The White House of the Confederacy switches to its summer schedule, offering tours every 45 minutes after the first tour each day,” officials said in the release. “These guided tours examine Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family, the household staff made up of enslaved and free African-Americans and European immigrants, and life in wartime Richmond.”

The release cited that all three Museum sites offer daily informal interactive stations with staff educators discussing various topics including medical challenges and advancements during the war, how the war impacted civilians on the homefront and how different people chose sides in the war.

According to the release, admission prices and costs vary, from single site admission to multi-site packages including special tours and programs. Information and schedules can be found online at ACWM.org or by calling (804) 649-1861 ext. 149.

“As in past years, all three museum sites are participating in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to active duty military and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” officials said in the release. “More information about the program can be found at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The museum offers free admission to active duty military year-round.”

The release cited the American Civil War Museum tells the stories of the nation’s bloodiest conflict, through the perspectives of soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, black and white, enslaved and free.