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History Calendar for week of Jan. 13, 2013
"Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty." 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Historian Gary W. Gallagher will speak at Central Rappahannock Regional Library's headquarters branch, 1201 Caroline St. in Fredericksburg. Gallagher will discuss Robert E. Lee's loyalties to Virginia, the United States, the South and Confederacy during sectional discord of mid-19th century. One needs to think of Lee, he'll emphasize, as a complex person whose loyalty to Virginia did not always guide his actions. Dr. Gallagher's lecture is sponsored by Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia and birthplace of Robert E. Lee, and the regional library. Free. 804/493-1972, stratfordhall.org or librarypoint.org, 540/372-1144.
"Julius Caesar," The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Philip Freeman, author of "Julius Caesar" and professor of classics at Luther College, launches annual series at University of Mary Washington in George Washington Hall's Dodd Auditorium. Free. umw.edu/greatlives; 540/654-1065.
Selected Pieces from the Larry D. Silver Art Collection. Through Jan. 31 at Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, Mansard Gallery. As Fredericksburg reflects on roles it has played in our nation's history, native son Larry Silver shares part of his collection of historical paintings. Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Giclee prints for sale in The Museum Store. Ellen Killough,
"We Can Never Go Back." Signature show of Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center for statewide celebration of Civil War sesquicentennial. At Fredericksburg's Old Town Hall/Market House, the museum partnered with National Park Service to create vignettes that help tell stories of Fredericksburg's residents during four years of war; famcc.org.
"The Grand Deception, or How Gen. Washington Fooled the British and Still Deceives Modern Historians." 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. Bill Simpson, past president of the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution, will address the American Revolution Round Table of Fredericksburg in Central Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters theater, 1201 Caroline St. Free. Light refreshments. Email Jim Davis at