Lectures and Webinars
Throughout the year engaging lectures are presented at the Museum pertaining to local history topics. Museum members receive advance notification of scheduled talks and all program information is available on this website and on our Facebook page.
Non-vaccinated museum visitors, including children under the age of 12, should follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines on masking and social distancing when attending our programs. We request all visitors to mask when children are in attendance.
Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia: Live Webinar
Tuesday, October 19, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
FREE on Facebook Live
On October 19th, we will be joined virtually by Carson Hudson, military and social historian, who will guide us through the history of witchcraft in colonial Virginia! We’ve all heard about the Salem Witch Trials, but what about the women accused of witchcraft in Virginia? Go into Halloween with your eyes wide open to the real history of witches! Mr. Hudson will use primary source material and the history of witchcraft to unravel the truth behind witch trials in Virginia. To watch, go to our Facebook page on October 19th at 5pm, https://www.facebook.com/MuseumOfCulpeperHistory. For more information, visit www.culpepermuseum.com or contact the museum at email@example.com
Carson Hudson has been passionate about history since he was a young boy growing up in Virginia, surrounded by Civil War battlefields and raised by a mother named after Stonewall Jackson. He is a practicing military and social historian, author, Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, and circus fire-eater. He has worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The National Park Service, The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Mariners’ Museum/USS Monitor Center and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier. Today, he lectures regularly on a wide variety of subjects, but his particular interests are the Civil War and colonial witchcraft. He performs regularly as part of the old-time music duo Hudson & Clark, and with the Cigar Box String Band. In his spare time, he likes to sleep.
Fire When Ready!: An Introduction to Historical Wargaming
Saturday, July 24, 10:00 AM
Free with Museum Admission
Children of all ages stage homemade battles with toy soldiers. Generals and world leaders plan strategies with simulated conflicts using computers. Both are examples of wargaming, a hobby that attracts “armchair generals” of all ages around the world. Game designer Peter Schweighofer presents an introduction to the history of historical wargaming and how wargames are a useful tool for exploring historic events, followed by a simple Civil War game demonstration. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Historic Wargaming Club
Saturday, August 7
Explore the wargaming hobby at the museum. Game designer Peter Schweighofer will teach and referee a simple tabletop wargame where participants will command Civil War ironclads. Open to all ages. Free with admission; advance registration recommended to ensure a game table spot. To regsiter, visit our Eventbrite page. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
DinoTalk: Women Who Dig
Thursday, September 15, 5:00-6:00 PM
Join the museum for a virtual panel discussion of the contributions of women in the field of paleontology. Panelists include Beth Stricker, former Director of Exhibitions at the Paleontological Research Institution; Elizabeth Hermsen, Research Scientist at the Paleontological Research Institution; Michelle Stocker, Assistant Professor of Geobiology at Virginia Tech; and Alana McGillis, co-author of the children’s book Daring to Dig: Adventures of Women in American Paleontology.