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AUGUST 2019

Robert Dunkerly - The Fall of Richmond

This month we look forward to Robert M. Dunkerly, historian, award-winning author, and speaker to discuss the fall of Richmond.

Bert is actively involved in historic preservation and research, and holds a degree in History from St. Vincent College and a Masters in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. He has worked at nine historic sites, written eleven books and over twenty articles. His research includes archaeology, colonial life, military history, and historic commemoration

Our speaker is currently a Park Ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. He has visited over 400 battlefields and over 700 historic sites worldwide. When not reading or writing, he enjoys hiking, camping, and photography.

We look forward to his presentation on August 15th at the County Seat!

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The County Seat offers our members and guests a main course, or the soup and salad bar.  This month’s main course is catfish, fried potatoes, cole slaw, hush puppies & dessert.  Please specify your dining preference when you submit your pre-paid reservation, which is due the Tuesday prior to each meeting. 

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Thursday, September 19, 2019, Eric Whittenburg, Topic TBA

CIVIL WAR QUOTES

“There is no sound of life, but the stillness of a catacomb, only as our footsteps fall dull on the deserted sidewalk, and a funeral troop of echoes bump their elfin heads against the dead walls and closed shutters in reply, and this is Richmond.  Says a melancholy voice: "And this is Richmond."

George Alfred Townsend

LOCAL EVENTS

Book Talk: “Attack at Daylight and Whip Them” with author Greg Mertz

Location: Historic Tredegar

Program Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

The bloodshed that resulted from the two-day Battle of Shiloh exceeded anything America had ever known in its history. Learn how this battle unfolded and how the horrific casualty count rewroteAmerica’s notions of war.

Cost: Talk is included with admission, free for members

Buzz’n & Weav’n at Pamplin Park

August 17 @ 9:00 am-August 18 @ 5:00 pm

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day over the entire weekend at Pamplin Park. The Buzz’n & Weav’n event pays homage to beekeepers whose labors insure that we have bees to pollinate crops while also exploring the art of hand spinning natural fibers from animals over the centuries.

Programs will include a bee petting zoo by Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association and Haley’s Honey Meadery will have mead, honey and bee pollen to share with visitors as they also explain the process to harvest and produce these sweet products. The Huguenot Beekeepers Association will display observation bee hives and explain the daily efforts and processes that these hard working little insects go through to provide so much to humankind.

The Clothos Handspinners Guild will demonstrate traditional and modern spinning wheels, drop spindles and share various activities of the fiber arts. Visitors will learn about the process to dye yarn and how that has changed over the years. In addition to our own sheep and their wool contribution, Mardelian Farms will have goats and a display with discussion about goat byproducts, milk and soap.

Craft activities will be included with admission for children to create and take home bee and sheep or goat related projects.

A specially tailored Tudor Hall Plantation walking tour will be offered. The Tudor Hall walking tour this particular weekend will focus on and incorporate the plantation activities surrounding beekeeping and production of their sweet delights. The various animals, such as our own sheep, that produce fiber will also be discussed along with types of products made from wool and other natural fibers.

All event activities and programs are included with regular daily paid admission.

Foundry Series: Slavery from 1619 to the Civil War

Location: Historic Tredegar

Program Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

How did the “peculiar institution” grow into a system that enslaved nearly 4 million individuals in 1860? Examine the origins and expansion of American slavery and how it pushed the nation into war nearly 250 years after the first documented Africans arrived in Virginia.

Cost: $10 general admission, $8 for members

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Civil War Photographers: Risking Their Lives to Reveal the Realities of War

Location:Petersburg National Battlefield, in the auditorium of the Eastern Front Unit Visitor Center.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM. Duration: 45 minutes

Cost: Free.

Description:

Powerpoint program will introduce the audience to different Civil War photographers who helped influence the views of people across the country by risking their own lives to bring the realities of war home to the citizens.

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