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NOVA's Alexandria Campus presents an academic conference about the Civil War

The Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will present “At the Crossroads of History: Bailey’s Through the Century” on Friday, Nov. 11 at 8:15 a.m. in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. This conference will focus on the history of the Bailey’s Crossroads area with a particular emphasis on the Civil War period. The catalyst for this conference is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s review of the Union troops that took place near the present-day Alexandria Campus on Nov. 20, 1861.

Keynote speakers include Frank J. Williams, a retired Rhode Island Supreme Court chief justice and chair of the Lincoln Forum, and Dr. Edna Greene Medford, chair of Howard University’s history department and board member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.  Some of the lectures that will be presented are: “Abraham Lincoln’s Grand Review,” “Fortifications around Washington,” “A Soldier’s Tale: The Music of the Civil War,” and “The Future Development for Bailey’s Crossroads.”

Following the conference, NOVA’s music program will present “Spirit of the Civil War”at 7:30 p.m. in the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center. The multi-media concert is a collaboration of NOVA’s music, communication design and photography programs.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center is located at 3001 North Beauregard St. in Alexandria. Seating for the conference is limited with tickets available at a cost for the academic conference is $30 per person (advanced registration required). Concert tickets are at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Parking is available for $6 at the Beauregard Street Parking Garage directly across from the concert hall for both events. 

The concert is made possible through grants from the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and the Virginia Community College System. For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Matthews at wmatthews@nvcc.edu or 703-845-6252 or Ken Balbuena at kpbalbuena@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.