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Travel Class - The Life and Times of James Monroe

Every Thursday th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:00pm

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Introduction—Last President of the “Virginia Dynasty,” James Monroe had a long and distinguished public career. Serving as a soldier, diplomat, governor, senator, and cabinet member, Monroe has the distinction of holding more offices than any other U.S. President. Best remembered, perhaps, for his Monroe Doctrine, his presidency was known as “The Era of Good Feelings.”

It’s way past time that we delve deeper into the life of this dedicated and patriotic Virginian. During this class we’ll learn about: his revolutionary enthusiasm; his amazing service at the Battle of Trenton; what slavery was like at Highland, his Albemarle County property; his Presidential Tours of New England and the South; and Monroe’s close friendship with George Washington. Join us as we explore “The Life & Times of James Monroe.”   

Our Lecturers—Scott A. Harris, Director of the James Monroe Museum; Nancy Stetz, Highland’s Education Programs Manager; Daniel Preston, Editor of the Papers of James Monroe; William Ferraro, Editor of the Papers of George Washington; and local Historian Rick Britton. 

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on five consecutive Thursdays, 6:oo–7:oo pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.

• Thurs., June 1st - 6:oo pm – “James Monroe; A Revolutionary Idealist” - Harris
• Thurs., June 8th - 6:oo pm - “Bona Fide Hero of the Revolution” - Britton
• Thurs., June 15th - 6:oo pm - “James Monroe & Slavery” - Stetz
• Thurs., June 22nd - 6:oo pm - “Monroe’s Presidential Journeys” - Preston
• Thurs., June 29th - 6:oo pm - “James Monroe & George Washington” - Ferraro

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - The Life and Times of James Monroe

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Travel Workshop - Personal Self-defense when traveling

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 10:00am

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Cindy Kyle 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do from the International Black Belt Center of Virginia will teach proactive and preventative strategies to use if you find yourself in a dangerous situation

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Old Dominion Lecture and Day Trip Series

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6:00pm

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Old Dominion Lecture & Day-Trip Series (for 2017)

The Old Dominion series is a fantastic way to experience Virginia. Attend each month’s FREE talk (on the second Wednesday), then travel with us on a related day-trip! This year we’ll see: the Cross Keys and Port Republic Civil War Battlefields & the Port Republic Museum (in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley); the amazing Blackfriar’s Playhouse and the beautiful Thornrose Cemetery (both in Staunton); and (in Lexington) the Jackson House, Lee Chapel & the town’s numerous architectural gems. Speakers include: Civil War historian Rick Britton, archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, and everyone’s favorite architectural historian Ed Lay. The Day-Trips depart from the Covenant Church parking lot (at the intersection of Rio Rd. & Belvedere Blvd.) and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm. Note: All tours require walking.

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• Lecture - Wed. May 10th - 6:oo pm – Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign (Rick Britton) – One of military history’s most brilliant operations, Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign diverted strength from Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s advance against Richmond. Though greatly outnumbered, Jackson used evasive maneuvering, and lightning-fast strikes to defeat his enemies. Come hear this fascinating story!

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• Lecture - Wed. June 14th - 6:oo pm – Slave Cemeteries of the Old Dominion (Lynn Rainville) – Archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, who specializes in the lives of ordinary people, speaks on a topic that’s been too long neglected—Virginia’s slave cemeteries. Join us as we hear about how our state’s enslaved population honored its dead.

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• Lecture - Wed. July 12th - 6:oo pm – The Architecture of Downtown Lexington (Ed Lay) – Downtown Lexington, Virginia, is known for its stunning architecture—be it Greek Revival, Queen Anne, or “Picturesque Cottage” styles—and architectural historian Ed Lay is just the person to explain it to us! Come hear this much-sought-after speaker! 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Travel Class - Civil War Nuts and Bolts

Every Tuesday th Tuesday of the month at 3:00pm-4:00pm
September 19, 2017 - October 17, 2017

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A perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

Introduction—To historian Rick Britton, the phrase “Civil War Nuts & Bolts” means the practical details of the average soldier’s day-to-day existence. Plenty has been written about Civil War battles, and the great and not-so-great generals who conducted them. By comparison, little has been penned regarding the lives of the North and South’s 3 million soldiers. This class seeks to answer the most common Civil War nuts-and-bolts questions, such as: How did the soldiers camp? What did they eat and who supplied it? Why did they wear wool? How did they carry all their accoutrements? How fast did they march? How far could they march in a day? How fast could they load and fire? Did they really fight shoulder-to-shoulder? Why? If you’re interested in the Civil War, we know you’ve got plenty of questions. Write them down and sign up for this class!
Our Lecturer—An award-winning Charlottesville-based historian, Rick Britton has published scores of Civil War articles, and has led Civil War battlefield tours all across Virginia for over a decade. He’s also written three books—Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History (2006), Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (2008), and Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History (2015).
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 19, then continuing for 4 consecutive Tuesdays, 3:oo–4:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.
• Tuesday, Sept. 19th - 3:oo pm – “Infantry, the Queen of the Battlefield”
• Tuesday, Sept. 26th - 3:oo pm – “Cavalrymen, the War’s Beaux Sabreurs”
• Tuesday, Oct. 3rd - 3:oo pm – “Artillery, Rifled & Smoothbore” 
• Tuesday, Oct. 10th - 3:oo pm – “The War’s Unsung: Engineers, Commisaries & More!”
• Tuesday, Oct. 17th - 3:oo pm –  “Battle & Leaders of the Civil War”

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - Civil War Nuts and Bolts

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00