Kelly Hancock, museum educator for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., will present a collection of wartime love letters, valentines and home-made items of affection during a presentation Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
The program, titled “Hearts at War: Civil War Valentines and Love Letters from the Collection of the Museum of the Confederacy,” is offered in conjunction with the museum’s headline exhibition, “Valley of the Shadow,” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Tickets cost $5 for nonmembers and are free to museum members. Tickets are available by calling the museum at 301-739-5727. Tickets will be available at the door.
Also visiting the museum Sunday will be award-winning historical fiction author Jessica James. A resident of Gettysburg, Pa., where she enjoys writing and reading about the American Civil War, James will be featured as guest author in the museum’s lobby from 1 to 5 p.m.
Her Civil War novel “Noble Cause” was the winner of the 2011 John Esten Cooke Award for southern fiction and the Next Generation Indie Award for regional fiction and was announced as a bronze winner in Foreword magazine’s Book of the Year Award contest in the romance category.
Her booklet “From the Heart: Love Stories and Letters from the Civil War” features true stories of enduring love that she came across while doing research for her historical fiction.
The book includes letters from some of the most well-known Civil War leaders, including Gens. J.E.B. Stuart, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and George Pickett, among others.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts first opened its doors on the eve of the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, on Sept. 16, 1931.
The “Valley of the Shadow” exhibition is sponsored in part by a Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant, Frank Turner, Michael G. Callas Charitable Trust, Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Shifler, Jane Steffey Fund, the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Newcomer, Washington County Free Library, Robert and Suzanne Cochran and family, and anonymous donors.
For more information, call 739-5727 or go to www.wcmfa.org.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Ash Wednesday services
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., will have two worship services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The services will be at noon in the Prince of Peace Chapel and 7 p.m. in the Tree of Life Worship Center. The community is invited.
For more information, call 301-790-2510 or go to www.stjohnsfamily.org.
The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown will present the fifth program of the travelogue series, “America, Sea to Shining Sea,” Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the South Hagerstown High School auditorium.
The presenter will be Stan Walsh.