Speakers Series Is Ongoing Now!
Join us for great speakers and a sociable time at the 2018 Summer Speakers Series, going on now! All are welcome. Bring a dish or drinks to share for a potluck supper - relax with a glass of wine or ice tea at 6pm, with dinner at 6:30, or just come for the talk at 7. The place is Wellford Hall, St. John's Church, Warsaw.
Next up is Tuesday July 10, when Charles Belfield, president of the James Monroe Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, will discuss the important ongoing project, "Reconstructing James Monroe's Birthplace."
On Tuesday, July 24, Henry Hull, a Northumberland Native and recent UVA graduate in architectural history, speakes on "A Building Culture Study of the Northern Neck: 1830-1860." He will explore the antebellum architecture of the Northern Neck through the buildings, people, and records that attest to a vibrant antebellum building trade. Spurred by a strong economy and improved connectivity to urban markets, the Northern Neck's building environment offers an important view into antebellum life in the Northern Neck.
On August 7, Bill and Leigh Ann Miller will speak on "The Restoration of Kirnan," a 1781 house in Westmoreland County, sharing their trials, frustrations, and successes. (You can read about the house in our Historic Sites book.)
2018 Annual Meeting
The 2018 Annual Meeting and award of grants in March was fascinating and well-attended. In addition to the award of grants and luncheon, the attendees were treated to a talk by Sumpter Priddy III, noted decorative arts historian, on "Historic Cabinetmakers and Furniture from the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula."
For 2018, there have been two great talks so far. On June 14, Dr. Julia King, professor of anthropology at St. Mary's College of Maryland, spoke on "Unearthing Rappahannock Indian History. Then on June 19, Anita Harrower provided many interesting tidbits of local and national history in her talk "Women in the First World War."
The 2017 PNNMP Summer Speaker Series was also great success. Speakers included James Russell on "The Civil War in the Northern Neck," and Katrina Brown, an official of the Rosewell Foundation and a historic interpreter, on the slaves of Mann Page II and his wife Anne Corbin Tayloe.
Many thanks to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources for a most successful workshop on resources for "Preserving History on the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula" at St. John's Church in Warsaw on November 18.