1. “Virginia Prepares for War” Lecture – Chesterfield – December 9
2. Appomattox Court House Holiday Open House – Appomattox – December 10
3. Dickens’ Christmas Towne – Norfolk – Multiple Dates Through December 31
4. High School Symposium – Richmond – January 13, 2018
5. Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program – Application Deadline Is February 2, 20181.

 

1. “Virginia Prepares for War” Lecture – Chesterfield – December 9

Chesterfield County Museum
Chesterfield, Virginia

Saturday, December 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. Cost: This is a free event; donations to the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia are welcome. Seating will be limited.

Alexander Barnes, Command Historian for the Virginia National Guard and author of several military history books, including In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany, 1918-1923, will present his lecture “To Hell with the Kaiser: Virginia Prepares for War.” Virginia played a critical role in the United States’ efforts in the First World War. Its strategic location geographically meant that the state would become a central hub for shipping soldiers, draft animals, and war equipment to France to support the US Army. It also meant that Virginia would become home to many of the critically important training sites for the Army, Navy, and the Marines. All of these activities left traces that still remain today, and this presentation will share that story and images of some of these locations.

After the lecture, all are welcome to tour the County Museum and Old Jail, where visitors can view a temporary exhibit commemorating the Centennial of Ft. Lee.

For more information, contact Pat Roble at 804-768-7311.

 

2. Appomattox Court House Holiday Open House – Appomattox – December 10

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Appomattox, Virginia

Sunday, December 10, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: This is a free, family event.

The village will be decorated with hand-crafted wreaths made from local greenery and will offer a glimpse of 1860s Virginia when families celebrated a more simply decorated, Civil War-era Christmas. The family-friendly holiday open house will also feature a children’s craft station, where old-fashioned Christmas ornaments can be made as keepsakes. Live music, including some old-style banjo, will be provided by Mr. Joe Ayers, and there will be a visit from 19th-century Santa. The Visitor Center will have hot coffee and refreshments.

For more information, contact Ernie Price at 434-352-8987, extension 227.

 

3. Dickens’ Christmas Towne – Norfolk – Multiple Dates Through December 31

Nauticus Museum
Norfolk, Virginia

Multiple dates through December 31. See the website for available dates and times. Cost: $5/person; children two years and younger are free.

This season, Dickens’ Christmas Towne features classic attractions from past years, including an elaborate indoor train display, “Geoffrey,” the talking Christmas tree, the Pickwick Puppet Theater, Father Christmas, and various jugglers, magicians, and performers. New experiences will include a 120-foot-long waterfront maze for children made entirely out of shipping pallets, and an interactive space showcasing a larger-than-life talking book and bookworm.

Individual tickets are available at the door; groups of 15 or more people can book tours by calling 757-664-1034 or reservations@nauticus.org.

 

4. High School Symposium – Richmond – January 13, 2018

Grove Avenue Church
Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person. Cost includes lunch. No childcare provided. Registration is required and payment must be made to complete registration.

Hosted by Homeschool Family Connection, Diane Kummer from HSLDA presents “High School at Home: Turning Possibility into Reality.” Sessions will include topics such as developing a high school plan, a high school transcript clinic, charting your way through high school for college, workforce, or military, and encouragement for homeschooling through high school.

For more information, contact Stephanie Konicki at 804-740-8888 or homeeducators@grovechurch.net.

 

5. Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program – Application Deadline Is February 2, 2018

The 2017-2018 Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is now open to Virginia public, private, and homeschooled high school students in their junior or senior year.

Eighteen scholarships will be awarded to the students submitting the most outstanding original, analytical essays on any aspect, positive or negative, of the career, character, or legacy of General Robert E. Lee and/or General “Stonewall” Jackson.

Application deadline is February 2, 2018. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2018.

For more information, contact leejacksonfoundation@yahoo.com.

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