Chesterfield Historical Society to present 6th Annual “Winter Lecture Series”

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present its sixth annual “Winter Lecture Series” in Chesterfield, VA, starting on January 11th and continuing every second Friday evening at 7:00pm through March 22nd, 2013.

The first lecture on Friday, January 11, will be presented by author and historic impersonator William Young who will portray VA Governor and statesman Patrick Henry in a talk entitled, “The Voice of Liberty.”

On Friday, January 25, National Park Service ranger Bert Dunkerly will speak on “The Home Front and the Confederate War Effort.” This lecture reflects the ‘war on the home front’ theme for 2013 of the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation 150th (Sesquicentennial) commemoration in Chesterfield County.

The third lecture, on Friday, February 8, entitled, “Historic Forest Hill” will be presented by historian Nancy Kraus. Located in old northeast Chesterfield County on the James River (now in Richmond), Forest Hill began as a country estate circa 1835 and grew into a park-like neighborhood following the Depression.

In celebration of Black History Month, the topic of the lecture on Friday, February 22, will be “Why Tuskegee? Preserving the Tuskegee Airmen Legacy,” presented by Silas H. Christian III, member of the Petersburg, VA, chapter of the national Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. organization.  Tuskegee Airmen refers to those involved in the Army Air Corp program that trained African-Americans to fly and maintain aircraft during WWII.

On Friday, March 8, the focus shifts to a lecture entitled, “Collecting Historical Autographs,” by historian Randall Welch.  A lifelong philographist (a collector of autographs), Mr. Welch will discuss and display many of the autographs in his possession, including examples from the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, US presidents, World War II and the world of entertainment.

The sixth and final lecture will be presented on Friday, March 22, by author and historian Gregg S. Clemmer.  His topic will be “Major General Edward ‘Old Alleghany’ Johnson – Chesterfield’s Senior Confederate Officer.” Copies of Mr. Clemmer’s biography of Maj. Gen. Johnson will be available for purchase.

The 6th annual CHSV “Winter Lecture Series” will take place in the Community Hall at Lucy Corr Village, 6800 Lucy Corr Boulevard in Chesterfield, VA. The lectures are free to members of CHSV, $5 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended, please call 796-7121.

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