2.1 Yom Hashoah Commemorations – Richmond and Elsewhere – April 18
2.2 Henricus Historical Park Events – Chester – Begins April 28
2.3 Free AMF Bowling for Kids – Nationwide – May 14 Through September 3
Please look in your own communities for local observances sponsored by Jewish religious or civic organizations. Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is commemorated from the evening of Wednesday, April 18 to the evening of Thursday, April 19, 2012. Mature children (often recommended to be ages 11 and up) may understand the solemn nature of the observance and appreciate the chance to remember those who died and honor the “Righteous Gentiles” who saved others.
VIRGINIA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM
Virginia Holocaust Museum
2000 E. Cary Street
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) will commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with featured speaker Anna Sommer Schneider, a former guide at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Museum. The museum will announce winners of the 2012 VHM Visual Arts Competition.
Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road
POCAHONTAS, ROCKE HALL, AND THE POWHATAN PEOPLE
Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $8/adult; $6/child (ages 3 through 12); free for Henricus Foundation Patrons. The rain date is Sunday, April 29. History and nature boat tours of the James River will take place at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Registration is required for the boat, and space is very limited. To inquire about scheduling boat tours, please call 804-318-8728. See the previous HEAV Update item for details on the boat tours.
Henricus Historical Park will present “Pocahontas, Rocke Hall, and the Powhatan People,” a day which will examine the life of Pocahontas at Henricus along with the significant impact neighboring Virginia Indians had on the English colonists. Activities will take place in the Virginia Indian site of Arrohateck and reconstructed Rocke Hall, home to Rev. Alexander Whitaker who tutored Pocahontas at Henricus.
Pocahontas lived for several months at the Citie of Henricus. In 1613, she was captured by the English and brought to Jamestown. Fearful of a reprisal by the Powhatan people, Captain Samuel Argall moved Pocahontas to Henricus , where she converted to Christianity under the tutelage of Rev. Alexander Whitaker and took the English name Rebecca. The next year, Pocahontas was courted by and married tobacco planter John Rolfe, which settled early conflicts between the English and Powhatan Indians.
Virginia Indian activities will include historical re-creations of daily life including agriculture, fishing, cooking, hunting, warfare, and other skills. Visitors to the English settlement will meet Rev. Alexander Whitaker and John Rolfe portrayed in first-person by historical interpreters. Tours of Rocke Hall will feature a re-created bedroom for Pocahontas.
June 25 through 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $175/child (ages 6 through 10); $150/child of Henricus Foundation Patrons. Register by June 18.
Camp Pocahontas will take place at Henricus. Through activities and arts and crafts, campers will explore the life of Pocahontas and the culture of the Powhatan people. Hands-on activities include cooking, farming, hunting skills, house and canoe building, weaving fishing nets, and making pottery, arrows, and tools. New this year is a pontoon boat tour of historic sites on the James River.
For more information about Henricus Historical Park visit the website, contact 804-318-8797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating AMF Bowling Alleys
May 14 through September 3, 2012, from opening until 8 p.m., seven days a week. Free bowling at AMF for kids 15 and under; two games per child per day; shoe rental is not included. See the website to register to get a weekly voucher entitling the user to free games.