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Lectures and Webinars

Lectures & Webinars

The Museum is excited for the return of our lecture series! Throughout the year historians will present engaging lectures at the Museum pertaining to a variety of local history topics.

These programs are made possible in 2021 through funding from Virginia Humanities and the M. Meade Palmer Memorial Fund of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.

Upcoming Dates

“We will at all times, at the risk of our lives and fortunes, oppose any Act imposing such taxes or duties” – The importance and uniqueness of the 1774 Culpeper Resolves.
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 @ 7:00 PM

Culpeper County was among the earliest Virginia counties to produce Resolves in 1774. Join us as local historian Jim Bish explores the importance and uniqueness of these resolves. Virginia was the wealthiest and most populated of all of the colonies. Their commitment against the actions of England became paramount in the success of the Revolution. The results of the British disenfranchisement and anger manifested itself in what came to number over fifty local Virginia Resolves. Culpeper’s Resolves served to voice our grievances, but in a larger sense, they served to unite Culpeper and other Virginia localities for the long-term upcoming struggle against England. Culpeper was ready for war.


This program will be held at the museum. Space is limited so save your seat today and then pay at the door! Admission is $5 per person but Museum members get in FREE.

Knights of the Golden Horseshoe
Tuesday, August 6, 2024 @ 7:00 PM


Tuesday, September 10, 2024 @ 7:00 PM


Past Lectures

Fire When Ready! Historical Strategy Gaming

People have engaged in warfare simulations for centuries, from rules for playing with toy soldiers to exacting map exercises with rigid rules for military training. Game designer Peter Schweighofer presents an introduction to historical simulation gaming and discusses how wargames serve as a useful tool for exploring historic events, including a simple Civil War game demonstration.

Stories Beneath the Stones: The History and Legacy of Culpeper National Cemetery

Local historian and volunteer at the Culpeper National Cemetery, Jeff Joyce, will be talking about the history of the cemetery right outside our door. Culpeper National Cemetery was established in 1867 and is the final resting place of servicemembers from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan.  This presentation discusses the origins of Culpeper National Cemetery and shares the stories of some of those who are buried there.



Prelude to Yorktown 1781 — Lafayette vs. Cornwallis in Virginia

Join us as Andrew Gutowski, museum board member, discusses the road to surrender. The culmination of the Revolutionary War came in Virginia in 1781. To most people this means the October siege and victory at Yorktown. However, there is a bigger story of an intricate cat and mouse campaign of British vs American forces preceding Yorktown. It includes a great cast of characters, including Lafayette, Washington, Cornwallis, Benedict Arnold and Thomas Jefferson. Culpeper figures in the story of 1781, with echoes down to the present.

This program will be held at the museum. Space is limited so save your seat today and then pay at the door! Admission is $5 per person but Museum members get in FREE.

Incredible Women in Culpeper

In honor of Women’s History Month, the museum is pleased to have 2 long-time staff members and volunteers, Gloria Cooper and Karen Quaintance, present on the lives of incredible women who were in Culpeper. They will focus on the achievements of Ruby Beck, Edith Grey, Cornelia Hancock, and Mary Jefferies.

A Stellar History: African American Civic Leaders and Entrepreneurs of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries

The museum is excited to partner with the African American Heritage Alliance for a panel discussion on the roles African Americans played in the community. The panel will focus on the areas of agriculture, civic engagement, and educators spotlighting at least one individual in each of those categories.

The Impact of Civil War Medicine

Dr. Dianne Murphy, formerly of the Food and Drug Administration, will discuss the lasting impact of innovations in health and medicine developed in response to the sickness and injuries experienced during the Civil War.

History of Brewing in Virginia

Join Nathan Stalvey, Executive Director of the Clarke County Historical Society, for a trip through Virginia’s brewing past.


Historic Cemeteries of Culpeper County

Local historian Jim Bish will share insights on some of the oldest and most historic cemeteries in Culpeper County, including burial sites of forgotten African Americans. He will also present some information about the lives of those buried in Culpeper County as their lives represent the history of Culpeper County and they helped to shape the Culpeper we know today.


Contact Us

Museum of Culpeper History
113 S. Commerce Street
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: (540) 829-1749


10am – 4pm
CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day



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