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January 24, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $25 to $30
This single-session class will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24. Join us as we explore how literature for young audiences evolved over the last 170 years and the ways in which illustration techniques adapted to capture those children’s imaginations.
Among the nearly 200,000 books in the Virginia Historical Society’s collections are dozens of children’s books beloved by young people in Virginia. This class will focus on the society’s exhibition Illustrated Treasures, which was designed as a complement to the Original Art exhibition loaned from the Society of Illustrators. During the program Caroline Legros will explore how literature for young audiences evolved over the last 170 years and the ways in which illustration techniques adapted to capture those children’s imaginations.
Caroline R. M. Legros is the School Program Coordinator at the VHS and the curator of the Illustrated Treasures exhibition.
February 2 & 9, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $50 to $65
This is a two-part class taught by Robert Dunkerly. Class one will take place on Thursday, February 2, and class two on Thursday, February 9. Learn about the many famous and lesser-known historic monuments that are scattered around Richmond.
Richmond is known for its monuments, but if you think only of Monument Avenue, you're missing out! There are dozens of historic monuments, large and small, scattered around the city. This course will explore famous and lesser-known memorials. We will delve into the story behind the placement of each, and examine their architecture and symbolism.
Robert Dunkerly, a park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park, has written widely on military history, including books on the American Revolution, and is active in historic preservation. He has taught several class at the VHS.
February 16, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $25 to $30
This single-session class will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 16. Join us as we explore through images and documents in the historical society’s collections the dramatic changes in Virginia throughout the twentieth century.
With the 20th century firmly in our rearview, we can now fully understand it as one of the greatest periods of change in human history. Virginia was at the center of many of these changes as political movements, world wars, and new technologies transformed the traditional order in the commonwealth. Photographs and manuscripts from the VHS collections, which give voice to the past, will be used to dive into such topics as urbanization, revolutions in transportation and communication, desegregation, and other variables that affected Virginia throughout the last century.
Chris Van Tassell is the program coordinator at the Virginia Historical Society.
February 23, 2017| 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $50 to $65
This is a two-part class taught by Dr. Bruce M. Venter. The first part will take place on Thursday, February 23, and the second on Thursday, March 2. Learn about the controversial Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864.
The ostensible goal of the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren on Richmond in 1864 was to free 13,000 Union POWs, but sinister orders found the dead body of Col. Ulric Dahlgren pointed instead to a plot to assassinate Confederate president Jefferson Davis and set Richmond ablaze.
Based on Bruce Venter’s book, Kill Jeff Davis and presented during the month the raid occurred, this class will explore in depth this controversial Civil War event, including the political and military maneuvers that led up to the raid and the extraordinary personalities who participated in perhaps the most unique cavalry operation of the entire war.
Dr. Bruce M. Venter, historian and president of America’s History LLC, is the author of The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rear Guard Action that Saved America and Kill Jeff Davis: Union Raid on Richmond as well as numerous articles on historical topics.
March 9, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $50 to $65
This is a two-part class taught by Alexander Barnes and Maj. Gen. Tim Williams. The first part will take place on Thursday, March 9, and the second on Thursday, March 16. Join us to learn about America’s involvement in World War I.
In less than eighteen months, the U.S. Army grew from some 100,000 men to a force of more than a million soldiers fighting in the Meuse-Argonne campaign, the largest battle in U.S. History. Training and leading this force into battle against the Imperial German Army were some of the greatest names in American military history, including such stalwarts as John J. Pershing, John A. Lejeune, George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, and Leonard Wood. But “To Hell with the Kaiser” is much more than just a class about leaders; it addresses the complexities involved in developing an Army almost from scratch and includes detailed coverage of the building of the many training camps nationwide, the implications of universal conscription, the use of African American soldiers, the integration of a vast immigrant population into the force, and the terrible effects of Spanish Flu on the soldiers and the home front. If you ever wondered what your grandfather or great grandfather did in the “Great War,” this class will help you interpret the clues they left behind.
Alexander Barnes is an Army civilian at Fort Lee, Virginia. He served in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard, retiring as CW4. He has a master’s degree in anthropology and is the author of In a Strange Land; The American Occupation of Germany 1918–1923 and To Hell with the Kaiser, America Prepares for War 1916–1918. Major General Tim Williams is an alumnus of Virginia Tech and the U.S. Army War College. He is a Virginia National Guardsman and was an Army civilian in the Combined Arms Support Command, Fort Lee, Virginia, until July 2014, when he was selected to serve as the adjutant general of Virginia. General Williams is the coauthor, along with Alexander Barnes and Chris Calkins, of Let's Go!: The History of the 29th Infantry Division 1917–2001.
March 30, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm | Cost: $25 to $30
This one-session class will be taught by Robert J. Dalessandro. It will take place at 5:30 p.m. on March 30. Learn the story of the American Battle Monuments Commission and see how it is maintaining its relevance into its second century.
Vibrant interpretive programs now tell the story of our Armed Forces and pay tribute to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Established by the Congress in 1923 as an agency of the executive branch of the federal government, the American Battle Monuments Commission is the guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorial. The commemorative mission includes designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining permanent American cemeteries in foreign countries; establishing and maintaining U.S. military memorials, monuments, and markers where American armed forces have served overseas since April 6, 1917, and within the United States when directed by public law; and controlling the design and construction of permanent U.S. military monuments and markers by other U.S. citizens and organizations, both public and private, and encouraging their maintenance.
Robert J. Dalessandro, former director of the United States Army Center of Military History, is deputy secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission and chairman of the United States World War One Centennial Commission. He is the author of several books on the American soldier and World War I.
Sunday, 10–5 (Galleries & Museum Shop)
Museum and Gardens are open by appointment
Admission $6 adults (Free for members)