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Free Historic Lectures

The Spotsylvania County Department of Economic Development presents a monthly series of free historical lectures, beginning Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Spotsylvania Middle School Auditorium, 8801 Courthouse Road.   The lectures are open to all, but seating is limited.

The schedule as currently planned includes:

September 17 – Al Stone – Portraying General Robert E. Lee
October 6 – Mark Nesbitt – Ghosts of Spotsylvania
October 19 – Dr. Gerald Foster – Road to Freedom
November 5 – Robert Krick – Civilians During the Civil War
January 11, 2008 – Col. Keith Gibson – Jackson Before the War
February 8 – Nora Brooks – Woman Behind “Stonewall” Jackson
March 10 – Jay Vogel – Portraying General Longstreet

Al Stone, the first guest lecturer, slated for Sept. 17,  has been portraying General Robert E. Lee for eight years at reenactments and has made live presentations and special appearances to church groups, at award ceremonies, before theater and school audiences, at parades, Civil War Roundtables and before Civil War-related groups.  Noted Civil War artist Mort Kunstler offered the following description of Mr. Stone’s amazing resemblance to the famous general: “Al Stone, whom I have painted many times without his knowledge.”  Mr. Stone is also the founder and senior officer of the Lee’s Lieutenants headquarters of the Army of Northern Virginia and “A Gathering of Eagles” living history groups.  Mr. Stone appeared as General Lee in “April 1865″ for the History Channel, and has appeared in several other televised documentaries.

For further information contact the Spotsylvania Department of Economic Development and Tourism at 540-507-7210.