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Old Dominion Lecture series

Every Wednesday th Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:00pm

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Old Dominion Lecture Series (for 2016)

The Old Dominion series is a fantastic way to experience the state of Virginia. Attend each month’s FREE talk (on the second Wednesday), then travel with us on a related day-trip! This year’s destinations include: Richmond’s Agecroft Hall and the Virginia House; the Five Forks Battlefield and Pamplin Park; Orange County’s James Madison Museum and Barboursville Vineyards; Richmond’s Maymont Park and Hollywood Cemetery; Culpeper County’s Graffiti House and Kelly’s Ford and Brandy Station Battlefields; Fredericksburg’s Kenmore and Belmont Plantations; the Gettysburg Battlefield and more! Speakers include: NPS Civil War historian Ron Wilson, Archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, and award-winning Virginia historian Rick Britton. The Day-Trips: Depart from the Seminole Square Shopping Center (and departure times vary, see each day-trip listing), and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm (unless otherwise noted). Note: All the tours require walking. No day-trip in August, it’s too hot!
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• Lecture - Wed. March 9th - 6:oo pm – Richmond’s Medieval Homes (Rick Britton) – Come hear the fascinating details of how two English structures built in the Middle ages—Agecroft Hall & Virginia House, which began as an Augustinian priory—were purchased in the 1920s by well-to-do Virginians, dismantled, and then reconstructed in a beautiful Richmond west-end neighborhood.
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• Lecture - Wed. April 13th - 6:oo pm – The Civil War Battle of Five Forks: The Beginning of the End (Ron Wilson) – Fought on April 1, 1865, on the extreme right flank of the Petersburg defenses, Five Forks pitted Confederate Gen. George Picket against the ever-aggressive Union Gen. Philip Sheridan. The overwhelming Union victory was truly the beginning of the end for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Come hear NPS Civil War historian Ron Wilson tell this great story!
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• Lecture - Wed. May 11th - 6:oo pm – Filippo Mazzei: Jefferson’s Vintner (Rick Britton) – Well-educated & highly ambitious, Italian-born Mazzei—who meant to establish a vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley—was diverted instead to Albemarle County by Thomas Jefferson, and a lifelong friendship ensued. Come hear about this brilliant Italian vintner and his association with the “Sage of Monticello!”
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• Lecture - Wed. June 8th - 6:oo pm – What We Can Learn From Cemeteries (Lynn Rainville) – Archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville—who specializes in the everyday lives of ordinary people—speaks on the hidden history that’s discoverable from a cemetery’s location, layout, tombstones, and inscriptions.
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• Lecture - Wed. July 13th - 6:oo pm – Cavalry in the American Civil War (Rick Britton) – On campaign, Civil War cavalrymen were their army’s “eyes and ears,” on the battlefield they protected their army’s flanks, and were frequently called upon to charge en masse. Come hear Civil War historian Rick Britton speak on the cavalry’s many and varied experiences!

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• Lecture - Wed. Sept. 14th - 6:oo pm – A Brief History of Fredericksburg (Rick Britton) – Established in 1728—and named for Frederick, Prince of Wales (1701-51), father of King George III—Fredericksburg was one of Virginia’s most important port cities. Since its founding, it’s witnessed arriving immigrants, economic success, and more than its share of bloodshed and strife. Historian Rick Britton tells the story!

NO AUGUST Lecture or Day trip

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• Lecture - Wed. Oct. 12th - 6:oo pm – The Gettysburg Campaign: Lee’s Second Invasion (Rick Britton) – Culminating in the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, the Gettysburg Campaign has been studied for over 150 years. What was Lee’s purpose in invading Pennsylvania? Was there really a chance of Confederate victory? Would Confederate success at Gettysburg have ended the war? And what if “Stonewall” Jackson had been present? Come hear the answers to these and many more fascinating questions! 

 

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Travel Class

Every Thursday th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm-7:00pm
May 5, 2016 - June 2, 2016

Details:

The Early History of Charlottesville & Albemarle County:
The Late 1600s to the Mid-1800s
Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton

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

Introduction—Albemarle County’s history is rich with fascinating individuals and momentous events. First home to the Monacan Indians, Albemarle was settled by Europeans in the early 1700s. The County was founded in 1744: Charlottesville followed 18 years later in 1762. Luckily avoiding the American Revolution—except for housing British and Hessian prisoners and briefly hosting the Virginia legislature—Albemarle afterwards grew in population and prospered. Tobacco eventually gave way to wheat thanks to the efforts of Thomas Jefferson, and, following his two-term presidency, Jefferson retired to Albemarle County and founded the University of Virginia. Prosperity and educational advances, however, failed to end Albemarle County’s continuing reliance on the horrible institution of slavery. Join us as we explore “The Early History of Charlottesville & Albemarle County!” 
Our Lecturer—An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, and 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. on five consecutive Thursdays sessions, 6:oo–7:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.
• Thursday, May 5th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle: The Land & Its First People
• Thursday, May 12th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle: Its Settlement & Founding
• Thursday, May 19th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle in the Late 18th & Early 19th Centuries
• Thursday, May 26th - 6:oo pm – Jefferson: Albemarle’s Favorite Native Son
• Thursday, June 2nd - 6:oo pm – Antebellum Albemarle: Slavery & the Coming Fury

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00


Travel workshop with Steve Watson

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 1:00pm

Details:

Planning to travel. What do you need to know to secure your home while you are on holiday. Steve Watson MPO a crime prevention specialist of the Albemarle County Police Department will present on this important topic

CPTED Professional Designation

 

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free


Travel Class - A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

Every th of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00pm

Details:

A New Beginning:
Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County
Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton

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

Introduction—The Civil War’s termination left Albemarle County in a political, economic, and social abyss. Ironically, it also simultaneously brought freedom and military occupation. Thanks to emancipation, a number of Black Baptist churches were established and several local African Americans rose to prominence. During this “new beginning”—a time of rebuilding—county residents refocused on farming. Technology and more railroads modernized the county. One of its manufacturing firms gained a national reputation for excellence. In the century’s final years Charlottesville became a city, Mr. Jefferson’s gorgeous Rotunda was gutted by fire, and one of Albemarle’s own was named the nation’s “most beautiful blonde.” Join us for a fabulous new lecture class: “A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County!” 
Our Lecturer—An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, and 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. on five consecutive Thursdays, 6:00–7:30 pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00.
• Thursday, Sept. 22nd - 6:oo pm – A New Beginning: Albemarle in the Late 1800s
• Thursday, Sept. 29th - 6:oo pm – A Choir of the Whole: Albemarle’s Black Baptist Churches
• Thursday, Oct. 6th - 6:oo pm – Clothing a Nation: The Charlottesville Woolen Mills
• Thursday, Oct. 13th - 6:oo pm – Educating the Poor: The Samuel Miller Story
• Thursday, Oct. 20th - 6:oo pm – Maud Coleman Woods: America’s Most Beautiful Blonde

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00