I received great news this week! A while back I submitted a paper proposal to the Virginia Forum. The Virginia Forum is an annual conference that connects Historians, Museum Professionals, Teachers, and anyone interested in Virginia history to share research and experiences. The paper I proposed, “Colonists’ Patsy or Vainglorious Opportunist? Lord Dunmore and His War.” has been accepted. The conference will be March 3-5, 2016 in my own backyard as the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will be our host. I’ll post more information as the conference draws near. To check out the Virginia Forum visit their website here.
This morning began the way I would have thought Friday the 13th should have begun. As Mrs. Historian was taking a shower I awakened to the smoke detector in the hall beeping it’s “the battery is dead, come change me beep”. (As I later found out it had been beeping since about 5 AM making Mrs. Historian insanely jealous of my ability to sleep through anything.) While searching for a 9-volt I managed to drop a light bulb into the washing machine reducing it to about a thousand shards of glass. Now by into the washing machine I mean INTO the washing machine. Yep, right into the tub/agitator thing.
The good news was that I was off today so I could run a thousand empty loads through the machine in an attempt to clear out any broken glass that I missed with the vacuum cleaner. The reason I was off was so that I could go to the “Capital of the Confederacy Civil War Show” in Richmond. I used to go to the Nashville show years ago when I ran the bookstore at Chickamauga, missed it, and decided to go to the Richmond one.
Truth is I don’t collect relics much, but have purchased some Chickamauga / Chattanooga related items over the years. Today I was really going for the books. There were several vendors there, a few that I expected but didn’t see, and I fairly well enjoyed myself. It seemed like it was smaller than I remember the Nashville show being, but of course this is a nearly twenty year old memory.
I ended up buying a few books from The Confederate Reprint Company and I’ll blog more on them as I read them.
I received the following press release from the folks at Historic Huguenot Street:
NEW PALTZ, NY (August 21, 2015) – On September 19 – 20, Historic Huguenot will host a two-day Gravestone Preservation Workshop in its historic 17th century burial ground led by monuments conservator, preservationist, and teacher Jonathan Appell, founder of the New England Cemetery Service.
The goal of this hands-on training workshop is to educate attendees on the various challenges and techniques of gravestone, monument, and historic stone preservation via an interactive working experience. The workshop will begin on Day 1 with a tour through the burial ground at Historic Huguenot Street, during which a selection of gravestones and monuments will be chosen for repair. All tools and materials will be provided.
The Gravestone Preservation Workshop will cover a variety of conservation topics, including basic geology relating to gravestones, monuments, and historic masonry; typical gravestone and monument styles and common problems associated with them; cleaning marble, limestone, brownstone, granite, and all historic masonry; raising, re-leveling, and re-setting gravestones; repairing fallen and fractured gravestones; and the use of stone epoxies and mortars.
“This workshop will not only benefit our own ongoing preservation efforts, it will provide a training ground for historians, conservators, and preservationists throughout the region,” said Renzo Cinti, Site Supervisor at Historic Huguenot Street. “We’re all working toward the same goal, to preserve and protect what remains of our history in stone.”
Johnathan Appell of West Hartford, CT, has been working in gravestone and monument preservation for over 20 years. He regularly offers lectures, seminars, and training workshops throughout North America. Information on Appell and his services can be found at gravestonepreservation.info and gravestoneconservation.com.
Registration is required for the Gravestone Preservation Workshop. Attendees may register for either one or both days of the workshop, though it is recommended to attend both. One day registration $100; both days registration $180. Register at huguenotstreet.org/rsvp.
Robert Carter III, a wealthy slave holder in Virginia decided to emancipate more than 500 of his slaves. On August 1, 1791 he began writing what has become known as the “Deed of Gift” and on September 5, 1791 he filed the “deed” with the Northumberland County courthouse.
On September 5, 2015, Historic Christ Church will hold a commemoration of this event. Included is a talk by Dr. Lauranett Lee the Curator of African American History at the Virginia Historical Society entitled “Seeking Sanctuary in Virginia’s Breadbasket:
Preserving a Carter Legacy”.
For more information on the event: http://www.christchurch1735.org/rciii_emancipation_2015.pdf
To learn more about Historic Christ Church: http://christchurch1735.org/
To learn more about Robert Carter III: http://nominihallslavelegacy.com/history-of-the-carter-family/robert-carter-iii
For more information on the Deed of Gift: http://nominihallslavelegacy.com/the-deed-of-gift