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Experience the LOVE of Virginia

These individuals are quotable experts on the topic of Civil War history.

Cheryl Jackson
Executive Director, Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission

Virginia began its planning for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and emancipation in 2006 with the creation of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, a legislative commission that includes as its members Virginia legislators and leading historians. The driving force behind it all is Cheryl Jackson, who has managed the Commission’s efforts since its inception. Through her leadership the Commission has coordinated and funded groundbreaking initiatives including an 18-wheeler Civil War History Mobile that will tour Virginia and other East Coast sites; An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia, an exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society that will visit other Virginia museums, a series of annual Signature Conferences hosted by Virginia universities that have drawn thousands of attendees from across America; and a document digitization program with the Library of Virginia that sends archivists throughout the state to scan and preserve family documents. Ms. Jackson has also been instrumental in securing grants with which Virginia localities can market their Civil War history.

Cheryl L. Jackson
Executive Director
Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission
GAB, Second Floor
910 Capitol Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804-786-3591
cheryl@virginiacivilwar.org
www.VirginiaCivilWar.org

Dr. Ed Ayers
President, University of Richmond

Dr. Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond in 2007 after serving as professor of history and dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia for 27 years. The author or editor of ten books, Dr. Ayers also created the groundbreaking website The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War. He is chairing The Future of Richmond’s Past, a collaboration among leaders of area historical societies, museums, commissions, and tourism organizations involved in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the end of American slavery.

Dr. Edward L. Ayers
President
University of Richmond
Maryland Hall, Suite 200
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
804-289-8100
eayers@richmond.edu

John Hennessy
Chief Historian, Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefield

An accomplished author and battlefield guide, John Hennessy’s belief in the connection to a sense of historic “place” enables him to lead visitors to unexpected encounters with Civil War history. Whether exploring the Battle of Fredericksburg from a canoe on the Rappahannock River or following the footsteps of escaping slaves, John Hennessy always looks for the most unforgettable ways to connect modern visitors to the drama of the Civil War years.

John Hennessy
Chief Historian
Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park
120 Chatham Lane
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
540-371-0802
John_Hennessy@nps.gov

Mitch Bowman
Executive Director, Virginia Civil War Trails

As the driving force behind one of the most successful sustainable history initiative in America, Mitch Bowman has created a product that connects the dots in Virginia’s Civil War history, both physically and intellectually. A former fighter-pilot with a passion for his work, Bowman oversees a public/private endeavor that has to date marked and interpreted nearly 500 Civil War sites in Virginia, most for the first time. Easy-to-find waysides tell the dramatic story of what happened to soldiers and civilians on the very ground on which it happened. Free maps and downloadable podcasts help deliver the stories in ways modern visitors rarely find.

H. Mitch Bowman
Executive Director
Civil War Trails
401 N. 3rd Street
Richmond, VA 23219
757-880-4174
hmb7@cox.net

A. Wilson Greene
Executive Director, Pamplin Historical Park

Situated near Petersburg, Pamplin Historical Park may be the most innovative and engaging Civil War history attraction in America. Under Greene’s direction the park moved from a simple plot of acreage protecting a threatened battle site to a multi-million dollar park that includes museums, antebellum homes, costumed living history demonstrations, theaters and of course a battlefield. At the park’s National Museum of the Civil War Soldier visitors are guided through an amazing lifelike environment by the words of real Civil War soldiers. Surrounded by ambient sounds, the museum places the visitor in the real world of the fighting soldiers of the war. Greene’s insistence on authenticity is well-balanced with a mission to engage, educate and entertain.

A. Wilson Greene
Executive Director
Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803
awgreene@pamplinpark.org

 

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