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The Civil War in Smithfield: A Living History Weekend

March 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am - March 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Civil War in Smithfield: A Living History Weekend

Admittance is the price of General Admission ($8)

Living historians, demonstrations, and more can be found at this living history weekend at Historic St. Luke’s. Learn more about the Civil War’s effect on the town of Smithfield at this annual event.

Featuring “Why Aren’t They Smiling”
Lecture by Historian Carson Hudson, March 23 at 1 p.m.
The experience of having your photograph taken was new and unique during the Civil War. Join Historian Carson Hudson in an illustrated lecture on an often misunderstood aspect of the conflict. Using period photographs, he explains the photographic process and cultural experience that thousands of soldiers encountered when they had their likeness made.

Featuring: “Shades of Grief: Mourning Clothing in the Mid-19th Century”
Lecture by Samantha Bullat, March 23 at 3 p.m.
Since the concept of a socially-prescribed process of grieving is so foreign to modern Western culture, the topic of 19th century mourning practices and mourning clothing in particular is often mired in stereotypes and misconceptions. It can be difficult to see past the cliche of the weeping widow to appreciate the role that mourning clothing played in the lives of people in the 19th century. Through an examination of period sources such as newspapers, diaries, and extant garments, this lecture seeks to create a more nuanced and humanizing understanding of mourning clothing in the mid-19th century.

Living Historians, sutlers, etc. interested in participating, please email Education Coordinator Rachel Popp at rpopp@stlukesmuseum.org.


March 23, 2019 @ 9:30 am
March 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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St. Luke’s Historical Church & Musuem
14477 Benn's Church Blvd.
Smithfield, VA 23430 United States
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