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Travel Class - Jefferson's Legacies

Every Thursday th Thursday of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
February 18, 2016 - March 31, 2016


“Jefferson’s Legacies”
Host & Organizer: Historian Rick Britton

Introduction—Thomas Jefferson is one of central Virginia’s most famous native sons. A polymath—a man of encyclopedic learning—the “Sage of Monticello” was well-known during his lifetime for his wide-ranging interests. Those interests, those fascinations, are still much in evidence to this day. They still affect our day-to-day lives, as well as the economy of what he called his “country,” our region of Virginia. Thanks to Jefferson’s love of botany, Monticello boasts a Center for Historic Plants. Because of his world-spanning & voluminous correspondence, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson is a huge ongoing publishing endeavor. His fascination with neoclassical architecture has left for us numerous gorgeous examples: His record on slavery has people still talking, and writing. And, thanks to the founding of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation in the 1920s, close to a half million visitors experience Monticello each year. Join us as we explore Jefferson’s Legacies!   

Our Lecturers—Peggy Cornett, Monticello’s Curator of Plants; Beth Taylor, Independent Scholar & Lecturer; Jeff Looney, Editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson; Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Architectural Historian; Beth Sawyer, Monticello’s Archaeological Analyst; and local Historian Rick Britton. 

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. on six Thursdays, 6:oo–7:oo pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo. NO class Thursday March 24

• Thursday, February 18th - 6:oo pm – “Jefferson & Botany” - Cornett
• Thursday, February 25th - 6:oo pm - “Jefferson’s Record on Slavery” - Taylor
• Thursday, March 3rd - 6:oo pm - “Monticello’s Archaeological Legacy” - Sawyer
• Thursday, March 10th - 6:oo pm - “The Founding of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation” - Britton
• Thursday, March 17th - 6:oo pm - “The Penned Legacy: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson” - Looney
• Thursday, March 24th – No Class
• Thursday, March 31st – 6:oo pm – “Neoclassical Legacy: Jefferson & Architecture” - McDonald

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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Travel Class - Jefferson's Legacies

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00

Old Dominion Lecture series

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


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!
• 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.
• 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!
• 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!”
• 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.
• 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!

• 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

• 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