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June Events at the Manassas Museum

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City of Manassas, VA . . . In June, the Manassas Museum will host free book talks, tours of Liberia Plantation, bicycle tours, a new exhibit and so much more.

June 1 – Aug. 31 – New Exhibit
Civil War Journey: The Maps and Sketches of Private Robert Sneden Enjoy a new exhibit at the Manassas Museum featuring the drawings and maps of a union soldier as he traveled through the Civil War. Robert Sneden, a mapmaker in the Army of the Potomac, carried sketchbooks, pencils and watercolors with him and painted vivid pictures of battles and military life 
during the Civil War. Sneden was a prisoner of war captured by John S. Mosby’s troops at Brandy Station, yet he continued drawing. Some of his images are the only known depictions of lesser known locations and events.
The Manassas Museum is the first stop for this exhibit on loan from the Virginia Historical Society. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC), and the GFWC Woman’s Club of Manassas, Inc. are sponsoring the exhibit at the Manassas Museum. An exhibit opening reception is planned for May 29 at 6 p.m.

June 1 – Summer – Sundays at noon Liberia Summer Sunday Tours Glimpse the historic 1825 plantation house where Civil War soldiers and presidents tread. Tours are included with the price of admission to the Manassas Museum.

June 1 at 2 p.m.
Free Book Talk: Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington Join author Garrett Peck on a journey through beer making in the Washington, D.C. area beginning in 1796. Peck will describe how thirsty Washingtonians enjoyed local English-style brews until an influx of German immigrants changed the landscape and tastes of beer drinkers in the 1850s. Successful brewers like Christian Heurich and Albert Carry dominated the taps of city saloons untilproduction ground to a halt with the dry days of Prohibition.

June 6 at 6 p.m.
Depot Exhibit Opening Reception and Rededication of the Historic Southern Railroad Depot The Depot building turns 100 years old in 2014. See the newly renovated building and view the updated John and Marion Payne Railroad Gallery and the new exhibit, On the Tracks of History. The event is free and open to the public.

June 6, 5-9 p.m.
First Friday at the Manassas Museum Visitors are invited to stop by the Manassas Museum during Historic Downtown Manassas’ First Friday event for a commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. World War II veterans will be in attendance and snacks will be served at this free event.

June 8 at 2 p.m.
Free Book Talk: Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia Meet co-authors Michael Cobb, Edward Hicks and Wythe Holt as they make a case for the importance of the land battle in York and Hampton Counties. In the spring of 1861, many people in the North and South imagined that the Civil War would be short and nearly bloodless, but the authors contend that the first planned engagement of the war at Big Bethel, a Confederate victory, proved that the war would be far more difficult than
most imagined.

June 10 at 10 a.m.
Children aged three to five and their caregivers will enjoy story telling, crafts, songs or an outdoor exploration during Pre-K Tuesday. 

June 14 at 9 a.m.
Manassas Museum Bicycle Tour
Bring your own bike to this two-hour family friendly tour beginning at the
Manassas Museum.

June 29 at 2 p.m.
Free Book Talk: Wild Women of Washington, D.C., A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District Meet author Canden Schwantes as she speaks about fiery suffragettes, unconventional first ladies and rebellious socialites. These women shattered the expectations of their tightly controlled social circles and include: escaped slave turned spy Mary Touvestre; Dr. Mary E. Walker, who collected both the Medal of Honor and a police record for impersonating a man while working at Union Civil War hospitals; and First Lady Florence Harding, who hosted jazz soirees and served cocktails in the WhiteHouse gardens during Prohibition. Other lesser-known characters Schwantes includes in her book are pioneering photographers and newspaperwomen, enterprising madams and soldiers in disguise.

Museum at the Market – Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
During the Saturday Farmer’s Markets, Museum staff will be there with activities, period music, archeological treasures and other interactive opportunities for all ages.

Summer Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m., join Museum staff for a stroll through Historic Downtown Manassas and learn about the City’s history from costumed interpreters.

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