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General Interest Items – May 23, 2012

2.1 Revolutionary War Encampment – Gloucester – May 26
2.2 Virginia War Museum Camps – Newport News – First Deadline Is May 31
2.3 Virginia Festival of History – Charlottesville – May 26 through June 3
2.4 Great American Backyard Campout – Nationwide – June 23
2.5 Article: “The Government Would Like You to Write a ‘Social Media Will’”
2.6 Article: “An Ivy League Education? Online Is the New Option”

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2.1 Revolutionary War Encampment – Gloucester – May 26

Historic Court Circle, Main Street
Gloucester, VA

Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Bring a picnic or eat locally. This is a very homeschool- and family-friendly event.

The 7th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line returns to Gloucester! They were there in 1776 and now they are back! Visit with Revolutionary-era soldiers and militia, their families, and camp followers as they interpret camp life during the War for Independence.

See the website for more information, or contact 804-693-0014 or e-mail jgrazian@gloucesterva.info with the subject line “from 7th Virginia Webpage.”

www.gloucesterva.info/ParksandRecreation/Recreation/SpecialEvents/7thVirginiaEncampment/tabid/374/Default.aspx

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2.2 Virginia War Museum Camps – Newport News – First Deadline Is May 31

Virginia War Museum
9285 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA

All camps are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost for all camps is $175/camper (boys and girls, ages 8 through 12 years). While pre-registration is required, payment is not required at time of registration. See the website for more information and for the downloadable registration form; follow the directions for payment and registration. Be advised, this is a physically active camp. Campers will be expected to run and jump and play in the woods!

REVOLUTIONARY WAR CAMPJuly 9 through 12, 2012. This camp may be cancelled if insufficient campers register by the end of May.

Children will learn the fascinating history of the War of Independence while having fun! They will learn period tactics and play out three battles a day. Following each battle the campers will receive a historical briefing about the history of the battle from the staff of the Virginia War Museum. This year’s theme will be the Saratoga Campaign of 1777.

WORLD WAR II CAMP – August 6 through 9, and August 20 through 23. Register soon for WWII Camp, as space is limited–and it’s popular!

Campers will delve into World War II in a unique experience. Campers will train in squads and learn WWII infantry tactics and play out two battles a day. In between battles, the campers will receive instruction in uniforms, equipment, and history of World War II, as well as post-battle instruction on the history of the battle. This year, the theme will be “Operation Market Garden,” the Arnhem Campaign.

See the website for more information, or contact cgarcia@nngov.com with questions.

www.warmuseum.org/kids-camp.php

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2.3 Virginia Festival of History – Charlottesville – May 26 through June 3

Downtown mall, Court Square, Lee Park, and more (see the website with a map). 

Saturday, May 26, through Sunday, June 3, 2012 (recurring daily). If you have to choose, the second weekend may be best, but there will be loads to see and do throughout. Most events are free of charge.

Learn and experience the rich and diverse history of Virginia through lectures, films, concerts, living history, dramatic performances, battle reenactments, carriage rides, food, colonial ball, dancing, and more (more than 50 events). Events begin Memorial Day weekend with ceremonies to honor those who served and died in war, and end a week later with a two-day family-friendly living-history extravaganza at Court Square and Lee Park. The special focus in 2012 will be Charlottesville’s history as part of its Celebrate 250th anniversary year.

See the websites for more information, or contact Ray Doss at mbeliles@gmail.com. Click on the first link for basic information, including a map. At the second link, click on the words in purple (tours, living history, and others) to open the pertinent page with hourly schedules.

The culmination Living History Weekend events will include an historical interpretation of the third president of the United States, James Monroe, by James Hendry as well as an historical interpretation of Baptist missionary, Lottie Moon, by Shelley Hendry. Many of you may remember the Hendrys from past HEAV conventions where they have portrayed various historical figures.

www.visitcharlottesville.org/includes/events/index.cfm?action=displayDetail&eventid=2316

www.holidaytradition.org

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2.4 Great American Backyard Campout – Nationwide – June 23

The location is your backyard–or any other place you choose to camp!

Saturday, June 23, 2012 is the Great American Backyard Campout. It is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (which encourages, but does not require, fund-raising on their behalf). Check under the “Get Ready” heading for camping recipes, games, songs, activities, and more.

www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx

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2.5 Article: “The Government Would Like You to Write a ‘Social Media Will’”

The article suggests making sure you ensure loved ones have access to your social media, email, and other password-protected sites in case you become unable to provide the information. The Update carried the story of Virginia parents who were denied access to their minor son’s Facebook account after he died, leaving them with many unanswered questions.  (Facebook officials have since sent the parents a CD with all of their son’s Facebook posts.)

http://wtvr.com/2011/11/04/facebook-sends-family-information-about-sons-page-before-his-suicide/

www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/05/the-government-would-like-you-to-write-a-social-media-will/256700/#.T6bXfX72Hcc.facebook

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2.6 Article: “An Ivy League Education? Online Is the New Option”

In addition to lowering costs because the student remains at home for room and board and does not spend money on gas for commuting, online undergraduate work from home allows parents to continue to offer guidance while a student earns credit from a secular college.

http://usat.ly/J73NW7#.T7OvuTz3RgM.twitter

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