Calendar Briefs

Posted: April 10, 2012

The 32-voice Bridgewater College Concert spring concert performance is April 15, at  7:30 p.m., in the Carter Center for Worship and Music. The free concert features, in addition to the Concert Choir, the 20-voice chorale and the student-directed handbell choir. The repertory includes works from the Renaissance through contemporary classical music.

The concert choir and chorale are directed by Jesse E. Hopkins, the Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of Music at BC.
The concert is a farewell for Hopkins who is retiring at the end of the academic year after 34 years of teaching at the college. A reception will follow in the Boitnott Room.

The 22nd Annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day is April 21 at Fulks Run Elementary School, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 130 posters of old photos of family groups, churches, schools and local landmarks will be exhibited.

Bonnie Paul will present a program on frakturs, the German-language certificates created for births, baptisms and special occasions. In addition, a program on World War II soldiers from Plains District/Brocks Gap who were killed in action is scheduled.

Pat Turner Ritchie’s personal library will be available for research use. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society will sell books and have information about programs and the Heritage Museum,in Dayton.
In spite of flooding last year, 270 visitors from 17 different states plus one person from South Africa attended the event.

More information will be posted on or call 662-1475.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Bridgewater College’s fifth annual Civil War Institute focuses on “‘They Who Fought Here:’ Armies, Soldiers and Civilians.” The one-day institute, which is free and open to the public, is April 21 from 9 a.m.  to 4 p.m. in the Spoerlein Lecture Hall (Room 100) at the  McKinney Center for Science and Mathematics.

The panel of renowned scholars will explore topics relating to participants in the war.

Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh is an  assistant professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of “West-Pointers and the Civil War: The Old Army in War and Peace.”

Timothy Orr is professor of history at Old Dominion University and author of “Last to Leave the Field: The Life and Letters of First Sergeant Ambrose Henry Hayward, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers.”

Sharita J. Thompson is a professor of history at Gettysburg College who teaches Reconstruction and the legacy of the war, and women and African-Americans.

Aaron Sheehan-Dean is a professor of Civil War studies at West Virginia University and author of three books on the Civil War, including “Struggle for a Vast Future: The American Civil War.”

“The historians that have agreed to present at the 2012 Bridgewater College Civil War Institute represent some of the finest in the field,” said Nick Picerno, the institute’s co-founder and BC chief of police. “All have appeared on C-Span and all have contributed in no small way to our understanding of the Civil War. We are excited to host this array of scholars.”
For more information, call 828-5761, or e-mail




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