Hope House, which shelters, trains, supports homeless mothers and their children, hosts annual Trees of Hope at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center.
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A Speakers' Forum: "Years of Anguish: Struggle at Fredericksburg." 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Fredericksburg Baptist Church. Inaugural event of Battle of Fredericksburg's 150th anniversary. National Park Service, Fredericksburg Area Museum, and University of Mary Washington announce fourth of highly popular "Years of Anguish" forums. The free program will take place in sanctuary of historic Fredericksburg Baptist Church--a field hospital during December 1862 battle. Book signing, reception to follow in Fredericksburg Area Museum's historic Town Hall (907 Princess Anne St.), in museum's Sesquicentennial exhibit, "We Can Never Go Back." Forum will feature three top historians of the battle. Susannah J. Ural of University of Southern Mississippi is author of "The Harp and the Eagle: Irish-American Volunteers and the Union Army, 1861-1865." She will present "A Shroud Over Us All: The Irish Brigade and Fredericksburg." Ural will explore Irish Brigade's experience here and how it helped shape Northern public's view of broader Union disaster. George C. Rable is Charles Summersell Professor of Southern History at the University of Alabama. His 2002 book "Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!" won 2003 Lincoln Prize for excellence in Civil War scholarship and looks at battle as viewed by civilians, participants, press, public, politicians. He will present "Fredericksburg: The Battle and Beyond," and look at how Battle of Fredericksburg reverberated North and South. Frank O'Reilly of National Park Service is considered the top authority on Battle of Fredericksburg. His book, "The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock," reshaped understanding of clash. He will present "Commanders at War: Success and Failure at Fredericksburg," examining decisions, decision-makers. Program moderated by Dr. Jeffrey McClurken, associate professor of history at UMW and author of "Take Care of the Living: Reconstructing the Confederate Veteran Family in Virginia." Fredericksburg Baptist Church is at 1019 Princess Anne St. Details: Tramia Jackson at tjackson@famcc .org, Jeff McClurken at
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"Mysteries and Conundrums: Building a Battlefield Park." 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19. Eric Mink explores evolution of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, touching on Civilian Conservation Corps, segregation and more curious episodes in park's history.