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February Happenings at the Manassas Museum

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City of Manassas, VA . . . Two free book talks, Pre-K Tuesday and Basement to AtticTours at Liberia Plantation are some of the fun events scheduled for February at the Manassas Museum.

On Feb. 8 and 22 at 11 a.m. the Manassas Museum presents Basement to Attic Tours at Liberia Plantation in honor of Black History Month. The tour will offer visitors a rare glimpse into the 1825 plantation home, currently under restoration, and a look at the lives of its slave population. Liberia Plantation served as headquarters forboth Confederate and Union officers during the Civil War and was visited byPresident Abraham Lincoln. For tickets, visit

On Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. author Linda S. Johnston will present her book Hope Amid Hardship: Pioneer Voices from Kansas Territory at this free book talk presented by the Manassas Museum. Johnston, an author residing in Gainesville, VA, brings together thestories of 60 pioneers who helped shape Kansas in the 19th Century. Johnston completed extensive archival research to present the diary entries in their historical context and says her
background as an artist and naturalist gave her a unique perspective on the 60 remarkable individuals featured in the book.

On Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. the Manassas Museum presents Pre-K Tuesday for children ages three to five and their caregivers. This hour-long program is an opportunity for children to enjoy songs, stories and crafts with a seasonal theme. The cost is $10 per child and registration is recommended. For more information, visit

On Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. author and historian Bradley M. Gottfried will present his latest book, The maps of Bristoe Station and Mine Run Campaigns during this free book talk at the Manassas Museum. This new book not only includes 87 original full-page color maps, but the actions at Auburn and Bristoe Station, where Meade’s II Corps was nearly trapped and destroyed and the Confederates were caught by surprise and slaughtered; the actions at Rappahannock Station andKelly’s Ford, where portions of Lee’s army were surprised and overwhelmed; and the Mine Run Campaign, during which an aggressive Confederate division at the battle of Payne’s Farm held back two full Federal corps and changed the course of the entire operation.

To reserve tickets or to find out more about these or any of the programs at the Manassas Museum, visit

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