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History calendar

Please enter information online at Select “History” category. You may also email (subject: History Calendar), or fax  540/373-8455. Deadline: noon Thursday preceding Tuesday publication. 540/374-5461. 

Selected Pieces from the Larry D. Silver Art Collection. Through Jan. 31 at Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, Mansard Gallery. As Fredericksburg reflects on roles it has played in our nation’s history, native son Larry Silver shares part of his private collection of historical paintings. Museum open 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 12–5 p.m. Sunday. Limited-edition giclée prints for sale in The Museum Store; part of proceeds donated to museum. Ellen Killough, 540/371-3037, ext. 134;

“We Can Never Go Back.”  Signature show of Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center for statewide celebration of Civil War sesquicentennial.  At Fredericksburg’s Old Town Hall/Market House, the museum  partnered with National Park Service to create vignettes that help tell stories of Fredericksburg’s residents during four years of war;

Volunteer Interest Evening and Open House. 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. The Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center hosts tour of its Catherine W. Jones McKann Center by Education and Volunteer Coordinator Janelle Kennedy. Afterward, she will be joined by volunteers who will share insights  into opportunities. Free; no registration. Details, contact Ms. Kennedy at 540/371-3037, ext 142, or

Volunteer at Ellwood Manor. Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is accepting applications for volunteer interpreters at historic Ellwood Manor for the 2013 season. Application deadline  Monday, Feb. 25th. Submit an online application at or contact Ellwood Volunteer info at  (540) 373-6240.

Colonial Tea Party. 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb.  9. Children and their parent or another adult are invited to tea in historic Town Hall’s Council Chamber, part of the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. While sampling different types of tea, learn about its history and  importance in the Colonies.  $10/per person for members, $12/per person for non-members.  Space  limited. Pre-registration and pre-payment required, 540/371-3037, ext 142, or Children who are not participating in the party can join parents in museum’s Learning Center from 1–3 p.m., to create a craft and learn about Colonial era. Drop-in program is free. 

 “The Battle of Stone’s River.” Monday, Feb. 11. Bert Dunkerly, an author and a historian at Richmond National Battlefield Park, will address Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table about the December 1862 fight, also known as the Battle of Murfreesboro. Group meets at Brock’s Riverside Grill, Sophia and Lafayette streets. Social time 6:30 p.m., dinner 6:45,  program 7:30 p.m. Public welcome. Come for the program—it’s free—or make dinner reservations by emailing

“The Grand Deception, or How Gen. Washington Fooled the British and Still Deceives Modern Historians.”  6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. Bill Simpson, past president of Virginia Sons of the American Revolution, will address American Revolution Round Table of Fredericksburg in Central Rappahannock Regional Library headquarters theater, 1201 Caroline St. Free. Light refreshments.  Email Jim Davis at

The Port Royal Museum of American History and Gift Shop, at 506 Main St. in Port Royal, will be open Feb. 22–23 and March 22–23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is a new project of Historic Port Royal. By-appointment and group tours may be scheduled by calling 804/742-5406 or 804/742-5654;

“Reflections on Black History: The Rosenwald School at Kremlin.” 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, Feb 23. Unique program will feature insights of Stephanie Deutsch, author of “You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of the Schools for the Segregated South.” After refreshments, a panel of former students, teachers and community leaders will discuss impact and importance of the Rosenwald School at Kremlin and Westmoreland County’s African–American community. Rosenwald, president of Sears, Roebuck and Co., partnered with Washington to build six schools in rural Alabama. By 1928, one in every five rural schools for black students in the South was a Rosenwald school,  housing a third of the region’s rural black schoolchildren.   Event will be held at the historic school, where Nomini Hall Road meets Jerusalem Church Road. Free. Sponsored by Stratford Hall, home of Lees of Virginia and birthplace of Robert E. Lee.; 804/493-8038; email


Lest We Forget:  A Conference on Enslavement and Emancipation.  Feb. 21–23 at The Hylton Chapel, Woodbridge. First in an annual series of conferences on African–American history in Virginia. Keynote addresses (including University of Mary Washington professor Douglas Sanford and Dr. Lauranette Lee of the Virginia Historical Society),   forums, dramatic plays and guided tours of historic sites related to the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Free. 703/792-4754;

65th annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum. Feb. 22–27. Four full days of lively discussions, lectures and programs delving into new research in decorative arts. “What’s Old Is New Again: Celebrating Antiques in America” opens with gala Friday evening reception and closes with a dinner on Tuesday. Optional lecture Thursday, three optional bus tours Friday, and five optional workshops Wednesday, Feb. 27. On Saturday, Robert Leath, vice president for collections and research at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston–Salem, N.C., will present  “Scarlett has an iPad: New Directions in Southern Decorative Arts” and Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president of collections, conservation and museums and Carlisle H. Humelsine chief curator, will offer “The Evolving State of Knowledge: Southern Furniture at Fifteen.”; 800/603-0948.