General Interest Items – April 8, 2013

Posted on Apr 1 2013 in General by admin

2.1 Volunteer Opportunity: Bacon’s Castle – Surry – Ongoing
2.2 Host Families Needed – Richmond Area
2.3 Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Events – Richmond – Begin April 6


2.1 Volunteer Opportunity: Bacon’s Castle – Surry – Ongoing

Bacon’s Castle
465 Bacon’s Castle Trail
Surry, VA

Ongoing opportunities exist at Bacon’s Castle from March through December, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for volunteers ages 14 and up. Historic house tour docents are needed, as well as those to help with historic gardening and special events.

See the website for more information or contact Carol Wiedel at 757-357-5976 or

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2.2 Host Families Needed – Richmond Area

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Global Education Office is looking for families to be residential hosts for international students. A student will live with the host family for 8 to 16 weeks while acclimating to this new environment. The student will pay for room rental expenses, and families are asked to provide kitchen privileges and include him or her in family meals and activities.

Most requests for a host family are from Arabic and Chinese students from high school students to young adults. Request details and host applications from Abigail Trumbo of the VCU Global Education Office at or 804-828-0808 (from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).

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2.3 Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar Events – Richmond – Begin April 6

American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar
500 Tredegar Street
Richmond, VA

Cost for all events is: $8/adult; $4/student (ages 6 through 17).

Civil War and Emancipation Day
Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cannon firing, period music, and living history demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day, such as playing 19th-century children’s games, and learning to drill like Civil War soldiers as they tour the camps. In partnership with the Future of Richmond’s Past, enjoy events, tours, and free admission to more than 20 museums and attractions throughout the city.

Stories from the Field Quarter
Saturday, April 13, and Saturday, May 18 from noon to 1 p.m.

Storytelling is one of the world’s oldest traditions. Enslaved African Americans used storytelling as a way of communicating with each other and presering their heritage. These stories were used to help teach children how to behave, to explain the world around them and the behavior of animals, and sometimes even to poke fun at the masters and themselves. Join costumed interpreter Wisteria Perry for this fascinating program!

From Foundry to Fire!
Saturday, April 13, 20, and 27; and Saturday, May 11 and 25, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn about the importance of the cannon manufacturing capabilities of Tredegar Ironworks, as well as the role field artillery played in the Civil War. A costumed artillery crew will explain the process of making and testing the cannon and then demonstrate its use on the battlefield!

Men of Iron
Saturday, April 20, 2013, from noon to 1 p.m.; also on Saturday, May 11 and 26.

Before, during and after the Civil War, the Tredegar Iron Works was an important industrial complex. In peacetime, it supplied the vast expansion of the railroad industry; in war it produced the largest number of cannon in the Confederacy. Guests are treated to a tour of the grounds learning about the manufacturing of iron, the people who worked here, the historic buildings on site and Tredegar owner Joseph Reid Anderson.

A Woman’s War
Sunday, April 21, and Sunday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Explore the roles women played during the American Civil War. From nurses, workers, and spies, these remarkable women not only maintained the homefront, they were instrumental in what happened on the battlefront!

Fire! Rifle Musket Program
Saturday, April 27, from noon to 1 p.m.

Join a costumed historical interpreter for a discussion and demonstration of the primary infantry weapon of the American Civil War. Learn how a Civil War soldier trained and fought with the rifle musket. Program includes a blank, black powder firing.

Angels on the Battlefield
Sunday, April 28, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Families are invited to join a costumed interpreter for this interactive gallery tour and examine the accomplishments of women in nursing and medicine during the American Civil War. The war saw nursing go from an all-male profession to one populated by ladies determined to show their patriotism and aid the thousands of wounded soldiers.

See the website for more information and future events, or contact George Harmer at

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