400th Commemoration continues at Henricus Historical Park

Henricus Historical Park continues its 400th Commemoration with the third major event in a series called “The Year of Henricus” with Henricus Colledge – first university chartered in North America - on March 26 and 27.  In 1619, the Virginia Company of London chartered a university designed to offer higher learning to both colonists and American Indians. 

After the Indian offensive of 1622, development was postponed until 1693 when the College of William and Mary became the first permanent university in Virginia.  This event explores Henricus Colledge through family-friendly, historical interpretations and demonstrations, including lectures from experts on the university.

Activities will highlight how colonists and American Indians applied educational systems within their cultures.  American Indian activities will feature how the Powhatan people learned to cook, sew clothes, craft tools, make and use weapons and construct dwellings.  English activities include militia, religious and cultural instruction, trade apprenticeships and house management including cooking and gardening.  On Saturday, lantern tours recounting the Indian offensive of 1622 will begin at 7 p.m. and pre-registration is required.  Both days, prominent lecturers will discuss the political and religious questions of the day, including the Indian offensive of 1622.  
Saturday, 1 p.m. - Robert C. Galgano, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of History, University of Richmond: “Trust is the Mother of Deceit: 1622”
2 p.m. - Stuart Peachey, Director of Historical Management Associates Ltd.: “The Farming English People of 1622 Virginia”
3 p.m. - Margaret E. Carlini, Education Supervisor at Henricus Historical Park: “Legacy of Early Virginia Education – 1622 to Today”
Sunday, 12 p.m. - John Daniel Pagano, Historical Interpretation Supervisor at Henricus Historical Park: “A School for the Infidels: The Creation and Destruction of Virginia’s First College”
1 p.m. - Warren M. Billings, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus and Visiting Professor of Law, William and Mary Law School: “After Henrico University: The Creation of William and Mary.”
2 p.m. - Stuart Peachey, Director of Historical Management Associates Ltd.: “The Farming English People of 1622 Virginia”

In an effort to expand its social networking presence, Henricus Historical Park will conduct a drawing for five complimentary “400th Commemoration All-Access Passes” for Facebook fans if the Henricus page reaches 500 followers by March 26.  Passes include free admission to the Park for two adults for one year, advance notice of special events and programs and 20% off in the visitor’s center gift shop.  Please help the Park spread the word by inviting friends and family to follow Henricus on Facebook.

Admission for Henricus Colledge, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, is free for gift club patrons, $8 for adults and $6 for children aged 3-12.  Pre-registration is required by March 19 for the lantern tours, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 26, by calling (804) 748-1613.  Henricus Historical Park is located on 32 acres along the scenic and historic James River and is surrounded by the 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area.  Only 20 minutes from Richmond, the park is located at 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, Virginia 23836.


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