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RELIC Programs

PLEASE NOTE our current hours:

While access to the RELIC collection is available whenever Bull Run Library is open, there may not always be a RELIC staff member available to help. If you require individual assistance and/or are traveling from a distance, you may wish to call 703-792-4540 and/or email us to verify the hours when RELIC staff will be available. Current staffed hours for RELIC.
All programs are presented at the Bull Run Regional Library, unless otherwise noted. To register for the following free programs, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org.

 
 
AFRICAN AMERICAN-GENEALOGY: TRACKING FAMILIES BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR

Discovering African American family history prior to 1865 can be difficult. There are special challenges to finding documentation during the age of slavery. RELIC's Don Wilson will identify sources that can be used to trace lives and relationships and demonstrate the process through a case study approach. This program will be presented at Central Community Library. The same program will be at Bull Run Regional Library in February 2019. 

Thursday, December 13, 2:00 p.m.
Central Community Library
8601 Mathis Avenue
Manassas, VA 20110

REVEALING THE CARNAGE AND CHAOS OF THE HOSPITALS OF FIRST MANASSAS

On July 21, 1861, Union and Confederate forces clashed just north of Manassas in the first major battle of the Civil War. Within twenty-four hours there were about 3,500 causalities; no one was fully prepared. Private homes and buildings in the area served as hospitals staffed by inexperienced surgeons and assistants attempting to care for the wounded. Local historian and author, Paige Gibbons-Backus, will reprise a talk she recently gave at the Annual Conference of Civil War Medicine at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, detailing the challenges and shortages faced in the makeshift hospitals.

Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.

GENEALOGY 201: BEYOND THE BASICS

​RELIC’s Don Wilson will discuss effective research strategies and demonstrate advanced techniques for successfully searching and evaluating free online genealogy / history resources. See how information found in census, newspapers, passenger lists, maps, books and manuscripts can add detail and interest to your family history.

Thursday, January 24, 11:00 a.m.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN GENEALOGY: TRACKING FAMILIES BEFORE THE CIVIL WAR

​Discovering African American family history prior to 1865 can be difficult. There are special challenges to finding documentation during the age of slavery. RELIC's Don Wilson will identify sources that can be used to trace lives and relationships and demonstrate the process through a case study approach. This program that was presented at Central Community Library.

Tuesday, February 19, 2:00 p.m.

​PLEASE NOTE: We are always adding new programs.
 
The Friends of Bull Run Library Need You.
Please consider joining the Friends of Bull Run Library whose efforts generously provide funding support for RELIC’s programming and help fund special speakers*. We need your membership and help with their major source of revenue, The Friends Book Shop, located in the lobby of Bull Run Library. Pick up a Friends membership application in RELIC or ask at the front information desk. Thank you very much for your consideration.​

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