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Spring Workshops


The following workshops will be broadcast via Zoom.  Please register prior to 5pm the day before the workshop, then a Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants the day of the workshop.

Friends of the Museums members receive special pricing for all workshops. Not a member yet?  Join today!

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Hans Heg: Pioneer, Activist, and Soldier

Tuesday, April 13  |  6:30pm  |  Instructor: Andrew Roscoe  |  $10 ($15 non-member price)

Historian and author Andrew Roscoe will examine Hans Christian Heg’s life and put it into the broader context of the immigrant experience inthe years before the war, the early turmoil of the Republican Party as competing ideologies sought dominance, and his role in the Civil War. A leader in the Norwegian-American community, Heg played a role in early years of the Republican Party in Wisconsin. As the war approached, he became more outspoken in his abolitionist views. Finally, when the war came, he raised and led a Norwegian-American unit, the 15th Wisconsin Infantry, until he was killed in action at the Battle of Chickamauga. Understanding the circumstances of Heg’s rise and death is critical to contextualizing his public meorialization in Wisconsin and Norway today.

Andrew Roscoe Bio

Mr. Roscoe is the staff historian at Civil War Digital Digest, a web-based video series. Born in Rochester Hills, Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan before commissioning in the US Navy. After 11 years of active duty he transitioned to the Navy Reserves where he serves as a Lieutenant Commander and Flight Instructor. In 2017, Andrew received his Masters of Arts in Military History and Naval Strategy.




Media Club: An Environmental History of the Civil War

Wednesday, May 5  |  6:30pm  |  Instructor: Doug Dammann  |  $5 ($10 non-member price)

Please read the book by Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver prior to May 5 and join in the conversation.

This sweeping new history recognizes that the Civil War was not just a military conflict but also a moment of profound transformation in Americans’ relationship to the natural world. The conflict created a new disease environment by fostering the spread of microbes; led to large-scale modifications of the landscape across several states; sparked new thinking about the human relationship to the natural world; and demanded a reckoning with disability and death on an ecological scale. Browning and Silver show how the war influenced the future of weather forecasting, veterinary medicine, the birth of the conservation movement, and the establishment of the first national parks.


Command Decision: Lee Versus McClellan at Antietam

Tuesday, May 11  |  6:30pm  |  Instructor: Dennis Frye  |  $10 ($15 non-member price)

We often laugh when we think of George McClellan. We enjoy making McClellan the Union’s whipping boy. McClellan himself brings little sympathy to his case. Full of bravado, often arrogant, self-righteous and sometimes insubordinate, he is the general we like to dislike. We chuckle when he claimed, following the first invasion of the North, that it was the second time he had saved the Union. Yet, when Robert E. Lee was asked after the war who was the best U.S. general he faced, he responded with George McClellan. Discover whether McClellan was incompetent and ineffective as history has branded him, or if he indeed out-generaled General Lee.

Dennis Frye Bio

Dennis Frye is known for a career of challenging convention and sparking conversation. Dennis recently retired from the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry, where he served for 20 years as Chief Historian. For his leadership in battlefield preservation and innovative education initiatives, Dennis earned the Department of Interior’s “Distinguished Service Award” – the highest honor of the department. Dennis also received the American Battlefield Trust’s highest honor – the “Shelby Foote Award,” and the Nevins-Freeman Award by the Chicago Civil War Round Table for his years of scholarship and his national leadership in preserving battlefields.

Dennis has authored 11 books and 109 articles, writing for every major Civil War publication. His latest books include: Antietam Shadows: Myth, Mystery & Machination; and Confluence: Harpers Ferry as Destiny and September Suspense: Lincoln’s Union in Peril. Dennis has appeared frequently on national television as a guest historian, including on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, A&E, Fox News, CSPAN and Voice of America. Dennis served as chief consulting historian on Emmy-Award shows about John Brown, Antietam and Maryland in the Civil War. Dennis also is a renowned tour guide, leading battlefield treks for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, the New York Times and major universities.