If you’re going to be in the Fredericksburg, VA area in early March, please be sure to support and meet Hidden Figures Author, Margot Lee Shetterly! This event is being held at University of Mary Washington’s Dodd Auditorium on Saturday, 4 March 2017 from 3:00-5:00 pm. You can contact me for more information.
Restructuring the American Family, a free program being held at the Library of Virginia, will be on October 14, 2015. The library’s archivist will share stories found in their collection and discuss resources available by the library for others to use.
Check out the library’s website, http://www.lva.virginia.gov, for more information and upcoming events.
Fredericksburg Family History Day is being held March 14, 2015 at the LDS Chapel off of Bragg Road. Classes include Tips for Reading Old Handwriting, Genealogy 101 and 102, Researching the Library of Congress, and several other informative classes. For more information, visit http://fredvafamilyhistoryday.com
The Stafford, VA 350 Trail to Freedom Tour is being held November 1 and 2, 2014. It is described as a day to celebrate the history of Stafford County’s African American Community, and participants will visit several historic sites. For more information, click here.
Attend the University of Virginia’s national symposium, Universities Confronting the Legacy of Slavery, being held October 16 and 17, 2014 at the university. The symposium is free and open to all, but sign up is required. For more information, click here.
The Central Rappahannock Regional Library of Fredericksburg, Virginia, will be holding a History Lecture Series in celebration of Stafford County, Virginia’s 350th celebration.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library: George Washington, Spymaster. Author Thomas B. Allen will share stories of George Washington’s role as a spymaster.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Archiving Your History. Learn personal digital preservation strategies with an expert.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Porter Library: Path of Progress: How Transportation Changes have Shaped Stafford County. Join Virginia Tech professor, Dr. Shelley Mastran, as she speaks on improvements in Stafford County development.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: GOLD! Discover the History of Gold Mining in Stafford County. Lean about the history of gold with local author and historian Jerrilyn Eby MacGregor.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Porter Library: Dinosaurs in Stafford! Discover dinosaur prints and which ones roamed Stafford County with local amateur paleontologist Jon Bachman.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Headquarters Library: A Fugitive From Labor: Anthony Burns and the Falmouth Union Church. Learn about the life of Anthony Burns and his escape to freedom, presented by Logan Metesh.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Porter Library: Women in Civil War Stafford. Local historians and authors Al and Jane Conner will share stories of what women were like and doing during the Civil War.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Stafford County, Early Industrial Giant. Features local author Jerrilyn Eby McGregor, and discusses 250 years of industry in Stafford County.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Crime and Punishment, Stafford Style. Join former Commonwealth’s Attorney Daniel Chichester as he discusses the history of crime in the county.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Government Island: Making of the White House and Capitol and its 300 Year History. Join Jane Conner as she recounts the history of the island and its use today.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Porter Library: Expansion of Quantico Marine Corps Base into Stafford County, 1942. Local author Jerrilyn Eby MacGregor tells the story of the residents having their homes and land condemned for the expansion of Quantico Marine Corps Base.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. at England Run Library: Woe Upon the Land: Stafford’s Civilians Struggle Amidst Civil War. John Hennessy, the Chief Historian of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park will present the program.
Thursday, October 7, 2014, at University Hall at University of Mary Washington, Stafford Campus: The Washingtons of Sulgrave Manor: A Family, a House, and a Legacy of Friendship. Learn about Cymon Snow of Sulgrave Manor as stories are shared in 17th-century dress.
The National Genealogical Society’s 2014 Family History Conference will be held May 7-10, 2014 in Richmond, VA. The conference will feature several tours around Richmond, as well as access to many research facilities, including the Library of Virginia. Registration opened December 1, 2013. To access the NGS Conference blog, click here.
University of Mary Washington’s Great Lives Series is back for 2014. All lectures are free and open to the public. They begin at 7:30 pm in Dodd Auditorium. For more information, click here.
Thursday, January 16- John Wilkes Booth
Tuesday, January 28- Jim Henson
Tuesday, February 4- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, February 6- Bob Dylan
Tuesday, February 11- The Hatfields and the McCoys
Thursday, February 20- Jim Thorpe
Tuesday, February 25- Mata Hari
Thursday, February 27- Augustus
Tuesday, March 11- Henry Ward Beecher
Thursday, March 13- Atomic Girls
Tuesday, March 18- Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Thursday, March 27- Titans of the Gilded Age: Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Morgan
Tuesday, April 1- Henry VIII
Tuesday, April 8- Shakespeare
Thursday, April 10- Spartacus
Tuesday, April 15- Machiavelli
Thursday, April 17- Simon Bolivar
Tuesday, April 22- Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh