Historical Society “Winter Lecture Series” January-March

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present its seventh annual “Winter Lecture Series” in Chesterfield, Va., starting on January 10 and continuing every second Friday evening at 7 p.m. through March 21, 2014.

The first lecture on Friday, January 10, will be presented by author and historic impersonator William Young who will portray the military career and family life of “World War II General Douglas MacArthur.”

On Friday, January 24, local author and historian Kitty Snow will speak on “The Old Trolley Cars of Richmond.”  This lecture recollects the streetcars of Richmond during the early 1900s through the photographs of Harris H. Stilson, a streetcar driver and great-grandfather of Ms. Snow.

The third lecture, on Friday, February 7, entitled, “Forest Hill and Springhill Photos and History” will be presented by historian Nancy Krause. Located in old northeast Chesterfield County on the James River (now in Richmond), Forest Hill and Springhill began in1835 and developed into a park-like neighborhood following the Depression.

The topic of the CHSV lecture on Friday, February 21 will be “The History and Future Plans for Chesterfield County Airport,” presented by Thomas Trudeau, airport manager. 

On Friday, March 7, the focus shifts to the Sesquicentennial (150th) of the Civil War with a lecture entitled, “The Raid that wasn’t, the Alligator and the Appomattox River Raid,” by military historians George Fickett and Scott Williams who are also members of the CHSV Military History Committee.  This unique topic discusses a little known “first” fact about Chesterfield County: the first ever deployment of a U.S. submarine to a combat area.

The sixth and final lecture will be presented on Friday, March 21, by Danny Schmidt, senior staff archeologist, Jamestown Rediscovery.  His topic will be “Evidence of Survival Cannibalism at Jamestown and the Latest Discoveries from Fort James.” Included in this lecture will be the results of recent archeological excavations at Historic Jamestowne that indicate levels of desperation by the original settlers in the early 1600s that were long suspected but never proven.

The 7th annual CHSV “Winter Lecture Series” will take place in the Community Hall at Lucy Corr Village, 6800 Lucy Corr Boulevard in Chesterfield. The lectures are free to members of CHSV, $5 for non-members.  For more information, call 796-7121.

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