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Travel Class - the Civil War Through Different Lenses

Every Thursday at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:00pm


Travel Class “The Civil War Through Different Lenses (for 2015)”
Introduction—Over the years, our Senior Center Civil Warriors have walked most every Civil War battlefield in the Old Dominion. This class, however, explores some of the innumerable other non-battle-related topics that make our country’s fratricidal war so interesting! Join us to discover: the amazing images of Civil War naval personnel; the talented engineers who mapped the war; the strange fate of Jefferson’s Monticello during the conflict; the role plantation slavery played in the massive upheaval; how Grant & Lee terminated the bloody war in Virginia; and the meaning of the Sesquicentennial—the 150th Anniversary—to the National Park Service. How did it differ from the Centennial? 
Our Lecturers—National Park Service Historian Beth Parnicza, veteran NPS Historian Ron Wilson (who worked at Appomattox 25 years), Military Historian & Tour Guide Dale Floyd, Civil War Historian & New York Times Contributing Author Ron Coddington, Slavery Historian Leni Sorensen, and Civil War Historian Rick Britton. 

• Thursday, March 19th - 6:oo pm – “The Army’s Other Eyes & Ears: The Topographical     Engineers” - Floyd

• Thursday, April 2nd - 6:oo pm - “Civil War Sailors: A Photo Potpourri” - Coddington

• Thursday, April 9th - 6:oo pm - “Monticello in the Civil War” - Britton

• Thursday, April 16th - 6:oo pm - “Lee & Grant at Appomattox” - Wilson

• Thursday, April 23 - 6:oo pm - “A Sense of the Sesquicentennial: A Park Ranger Ruminates” - Parnicza

• Thursday, April 30th – 6:oo pm – “Slavery, Plantations, & the Civil War” - Sorensen

*** Thursday, May 7th – Travel Session: A day-trip to Civil War sites in Harpers Ferry & nearby Charles Town, West Virginia! In quaint Charles Town we’ll see: the fabulous Jefferson County Museum, the courthouse where John Brown was convicted, and the field where he was hung. After lunch in Charles Town, we’ll hop over to gorgeous Harpers Ferry and take in John Brown’s Fort, the Jefferson Rock, and all of the historic town’s wonderful museums. If you enjoy history, this trip is an absolute must! (Bus tour departs 7:oo am, returns at approximately 6:3o pm. Travel session is a separate charge. Trip requires walking.)

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Old Dominion Lecture & Day-Trip Series

th of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:00pm


This year, our Old Dominion series takes us to historical sites all across our beautiful state. It’s a fantastic way to experience Virginia history—attend each month’s FREE talk, then travel with us to the spots where history happened! Join us at the Senior Center every second Wednesday for a FREE presentation, then sign up for the related day-trip. This year’s destinations include: the Sailor’s Creek & Appomattox Civil War sites; George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Fredericksburg’s 3 Revolutionary War-era museums; Staunton’s Woodrow Wilson Birthplace & Library; Bealeton’s Flying Circus Airshow; numerous sites across Mosby’s Confederacy; and the Yorktown Battlefield! Speakers include U.Va. professor & George Washington biographer Edward G. Lengel, Woodrow Wilson historian Judd Bankert, and award-winning Virginia historian Rick Britton.
• Day-Trips - Depart from the Senior Center and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm (unless otherwise noted). All the tours require walking.

• Lecture - Wed. April 8th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle Boys in the Appomattox Campaign (Rick Britton) – Albemarle boys served in every branch of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during his 1865 retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox Court House. They shouldered infantry muskets, manned artillery pieces, and rode in the much-diminished Virginia cavalry. Rick Britton is a Virginia historian specializing in 18th- & 19th-century Virginia history. Come hear how Albemarle County boys fared in Virginia’s last Civil War campaign!
• Lecture - Wed. May 13th - 6:oo pm – Inventing George Washington (Edward G. Lengel) – Founder, war hero, first president; George Washington was idolized by his countrymen during his lifetime. And this towering historical figure—our nation’s leader across three decades—continued to serve America even after his death in 1799: he evolved into an immortal symbol as the “Father of His Country.” Edward G. Lengel is editor-in-chief of the Washington Papers Project, a U.Va. professor, and the author of a number of Washington books. Come hear this Washington expert tell this fascinating story!

• Lecture - Wed. June 10th - 6:oo pm – Taverns & Byways of Central Virginia (Rick Britton) – Eighteenth and early 19th-century Virginia was infamous for its rutted, and badly maintained, roads. Perhaps that’s why the taverns, inns, and ordinaries flourished! Come hear about central Virginia’s many wonderful taverns—those glorious and accommodating stop-overs—and their numerous customs and conventions.

• Lecture - Wed. July 8th - 6:oo pm – Woodrow Wilson: Scholar, Governor, & President (Judd Bankert) – Born in Staunton, Va., in 1856, Woodrow Wilson taught at three universities, presided over Princeton as president, then became governor of New Jersey, and the 28th president of the United States. (Is it fair that New Jersey claims him as one of her two presidents?) A former biathlete (who represented Guam at the 1988 Winter Olympics), living historian Judd Bankert is an expert on Woodrow Wilson. Join us for a fascinating talk!
• Lecture - Wed. Aug. 12th - 6:oo pm – Jimmy McConnell: U.Va. Student & WWI Aviator! (Rick Britton) – Jimmy McConnell is best remembered at U.Va. for all of his extracurricular activities. He was president of the Hot Feet (a raucous, medieval-style drinking club), edited the student magazine, and learned how to fly at the Milton airfield. When World War I came, McConnell became an ambulance driver (like Ernest Hemingway), then one of the first pilots of the soon-to-be-famous Lafayette Escadrille. His was an action-packed life! 
• Lecture - Wed. Sept. 9th - 6:oo pm – John S. Mosby at the University of Virginia (Rick Britton) – Mosby—the future “Grey Ghost of the Confederacy”—was expelled from U.Va. for shooting a fellow student. His time behind bars, however, seemed to reform this scrappy youngster. He became a successful lawyer, then, in the Civil War, perhaps the most successful guerilla chieftain. Come hear the details of his time in Charlottesville!

• Lecture - Wed. Oct. 14th - 6:oo pm – Revolutionary Victory: The 1781 Virginia Campaign (Rick Britton) – Amazingly, the American Revolution avoided Virginia for its first five years. Then, suddenly, 1781 witnessed a whirlwind Old Dominion campaign featuring lightning raids, an unexpected French naval victory, and, finally, the overwhelming Allied victory at Yorktown. This talk includes for the participants full-color maps of Yorktown illustrated by the speaker for the Mount Vernon web-site. Join us!


Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Fee: free

Travel Class - Virginia Vignettes

Every Wednesday, Thursday at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:00pm


“Virginia Vignettes:
Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History”
Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton

Introduction—Although named after Britton’s 2015 book, our “Virginia Vignettes” class presents an entirely different set of “characters & events”: The Monacan were a proud people who flourished in the Virginia Piedmont, warred against the Tidewater’s Powhatan Nation, and left behind a structure that piqued the interest of a budding archaeologist. French engineer Claudius Crozet—who’d served in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army—dug under Afton Mountain what became the world’s longest railroad tunnel. Overshadowed by other momentous events, the Battle of Trevilian Station—the Civil War’s largest all-cavalry fight—threatened the very existence of R. E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Demure Charlottesville charmer Maud Coleman Woods, thanks to the efforts of a New York writer and photographer, appeared on the front pages of all of America’s largest newspapers. A name familiar to long-time central Virginia residents, Monticello Dairy—despite its rather humble origin—became for many decades the “taste” of central Virginia! 
Our Lecturer—A much-sought-after speaker, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, as well as two previous books—Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History and Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler. Come hear him weave his fascinating central Virginia stories!
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on six consecutive Thursdays sessions, 6:oo–7:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.

• Thursday, June 4th - 6:oo pm – The Monacan Nation: People of the Piedmont
• Thursday, June 11th - 6:oo pm – Claudius Crozet & the Blue Ridge Tunnel
• Thursday, June 18th - 6:oo pm – Custer vs. Hampton: the Battle of Trevilian Station
• Thursday, June 25th - 6:oo pm - Maud Coleman Woods: Charlottesville’s Own “Miss America”
• Thursday, July 9th - 6:oo pm – Monticello Dairy: The “Taste” of Central Virginia

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center