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History Calendar for the week of Feb. 28, 2012


“The Irish Brigade in Fredericksburg.” 10 a.m., Thursday, March 1. Central Rappahannock Regional Library, headquarters auditorium. Matt Kelly, amateur historian and a former City Council member, will speak at the monthly meeting of the Mary Washington Branch of Preservation Virginia. All are welcome. 1201 Caroline St.; 540/373-1569.

“From the Sahara to the Shenandoah.” Opens March 1. Mansard Gallery, Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. Third exhibit in museum’s Community Artist series features landscape paintings from the Shenandoah Valley and the Sahara by local artist Kathleen Walsh. On public view through May 31. 1001 Princess Anne St.;; 540/371-3037.

Civil War Forum: Robert K. Krick. 9:55 a.m., Sunday. March 4, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg. Krick, a nationally renowned Fredericksburg historian, will launch this four-part Lenten series with his thoughts on the suffering that took place in during the Union army’s occupation of Fredericksburg, and will take questions. Historian John Hennessy will speak March 11 on the experience of the church in the larger community; author Michael Aubrecht (March 18) on the revivals at St. George’s during the Civil War; and historian Don Pfanz (March 25) on wartime perils faced by area churches. Sydnor Hall is the large space beneath the church’s nave, accessed directly from George Street.

“Marching Through Culpeper” auditions. 2–4 p.m., Sunday, March 4, Culpeper United Methodist Church. Producers will hold auditions for four major characters for the stage production of “Marching Through Culpeper,” coming in August. Other times: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 and 2–4 p.m. Sunday, March 11. Performers are asked to bring sheet music of choice; accompanist provided. Cold readings from script. Please email Patricia at Kapak Talent Direct: with date preference. Auditions for other roles and extras will take place at a later date. Details: marching, see Auditions tab. 1233 Oaklawn Drive, Culpeper.

“A Private Function.” 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. Rappahannock Film Club presents a special viewing of this hilarious British comedy starring and Maggie Smith (Rated R) as part of its 2011–2012 season. Central Rappahannock Regional Library will present the rest of the club’s films. Museum’s Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, William and Princess Anne streets. Free; open to the public. Details: email Scott Lyons at

Historic Ellwood Manor seeks interpreters. Love history? Enjoy people? Able to commit a few hours a month in April through October? Ellwood, the circa-1790 plantation house that welcomes visitors to the Wilderness battlefield in Orange and Spotsylvania counties, is accepting applications for new volunteers. The first training date is Friday, March 9; candidates will be treated to a half-day tour of the battlefield from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10. The all-volunteer, nonprofit friends group manages Ellwood for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. The historic site—which served the Confederate army in the Battle of Chancellorsville—begins its 15th season on Saturday, April 28. An interpretation post comes with privileges. Space is limited. Contact Carolyn Elstner at 540/373-6240 or Get an application at; select “volunteer,” click “request more information,” print and mail to Carolyn Elstner, 2 Commonwealth Place, Fredericksburg, Va. 22405.

Rappahannock Colonial Heritage ensemble performance. 12–2 p.m., Saturday, March 10, St. Margaret’s Dining Hall in Tappahannock. Cutoff for reservations: March 1. Rappahannock Colonial Heritage ensemble from Fredericksburg will perform at Essex County Museum and Historical Society’s annual high tea luncheon, with vignettes depicting noted people from the 1770s associated with Tappahannock and Fredericksburg. $38. Seating is limited, make paid reservations as soon as possible. Details, 804/443-4690. Email reservations to Write checks to ECMHS; mail to Box 404, Tappahannock, Va. 22560. Attn: High Tea.

Second Saturdays at the Museum. 1–3 p.m., Saturday, March 10. In tandem with the new exhibit “Greetings From the Past” at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, participants will learn about the history of greeting cards, discuss the change of communication brought about by technology, and create their own card. Themes vary for this family program, held on the second Saturday of each month. Free. Registration not required. Details: contact Janelle Kennedy at, or 540/371-3037, ext. 142. Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, William and Princess Anne streets.

Family Day at National Museum of the Marine Corps. 12–3 p.m., Saturday, March 10. Bring your kids to the museum so they can make their own models with the National Capital Modelers. Free. 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle. 703/784-6116;

Louisa May Alcott: Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 13. Harriet Reisen, author of “Louisa May Alcott,” will speak about the dynamic novelist who wrote “Little Women” and tended to wounded soldiers in Washington during the Civil War. George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium at the University of Mary Washington. Free;; 540/654-1065.

“A Place Where the Past Is Always Present: Preserving Civil War Battlefields.” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, auditorium, Central Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters. Première of a 30-minute documentary on why a regional nonprofit, the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, does what it does. Film narrated by Dr. Michael Stevens, president of CVBT, produced by Archer Di Peppe and David Jennings, of Bonaventure Video. Free. In the Wallace Library, 1201 Caroline St.;

“Dinosaurs in Stafford!” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15. Paleontologist Jon Bachman will share recent discoveries about dinosaur fossils found locally, during meeting of Stafford County Historical Society, in Board of Supervisors Chambers, George L. Gordon Jr. Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford. Free.

Juliette Low: Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m., Thursday March 15. Stacy A. Cordery, author of “Juliette Gordon Low” and professor of history at Monmouth College, will speak about the founder of the Girl Scouts, at George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium at UMW. In honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary. Free;; 540/654-1065.

“Sacred Scars, Shadowed Ground: Images of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields.” On exhibit through March 16. In the fall of 2011, designer and photographer Larry Stuart of Anderson, Ind., took up residence in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He spent a week exploring battlefields with his lens, at all hours of day and night, to capture their power and essence. Stuart’s show is the first temporary exhibition in Chatham’s history. Built in 1771, the plantation and manor house overlook the Rappahannock River and Fredericksburg. 120 Chatham Lane, Stafford.; 540/654-5121 or 540/373-6124.

Guided Tours of the Galleries. 1:15 or 3:15 p.m., Saturdays during February and March. The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center announces new, guided walking tours of its galleries. Free with paid admission. Volunteers will guide 20- to 30-minute tours, focusing on the history of the Fredericksburg region and its people. Museum open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays. 1001 Princess Anne St.; 540/371-3037;

“Greetings From the Past.” Changing exhibition in the Documents Gallery of the Catherine W. Jones McKann Center of the Fredericksburg Area Museum features greeting cards—for Valentine’s Day, Christmas and other holidays in the 1930s to 1950s—chosen from the collection of the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center. Ends July 31. 1001 Princess Anne St.;; 540/371-3037.


Special tour, “Virginia Through Women’s Eyes.” 10:30 a.m.–noon Tuesday, March 13. The first gift of manuscripts to the Virginia Historical Society included a transcript of proceedings against Grace Sherwood, who was accused of witchcraft in 1706. In honor of Women’s History Month, the society will explore objects, books, letters, portraits and broadsides associated with 400 years of Virginia women. Behind-the-scenes tour will be led by L. Paige Newman, assistant archivist. Buy tickets online, $10/VHS members; $17, nonmembers.; 804/342-9676 or email 428 N. Boulevard, Richmond.

Please enter information at; select “History” category. You may also email (subject: History Calendar), or fax to 540/373-8455. Deadline: Noon Thursday preceding the section’s Tuesday publication. Questions: 540/368-5029.