Friday, May 17, 2013

When the Civil War hit this Seminary the impact was dramatic.  The years before the Civil War had been productive - the Aspinwall Hall, Meade, Bohlen complex had been built.  But all of this productivity came crashing down as the Union forces moved into Alexandria and took over the campus of the Seminary for the duration of the war.

It was just 150 years ago.  And so this Seminary will pause and remember this turbulant time, in which these buildings played a significant role.  Tonight is the first in a series called 'Religion and the Civil War Lectures'.  Our speaker is the highly gifted, Dr. William G. Thomas (a Trustee and good friend to the Seminary).  His title is "Revisiting the Dead House at Fort Williams: A Story of Civil War History and Memory".

The program is free; it starts with a reception at 7pm in the Lettie Pate Evans Room.  This relatively recent history needs to be understood.  Tonight will be our opportunity to start that process of understanding.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President