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DHR Register Program Updates

August, 2019
In this issue:
*Draft Agenda for DHR's September Joint Quarterly Board Meeting *Mapping Slave Dwellings
*In Search of Virginia's Maritime Heritage *Virginia Family History Day Conference
*And Other Announcements
Greetings All,*
To keep everyone abreast of DHR’s Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register programs, as well as related news and history, here is our latest update from Lena McDonald, Historian, DHR Register Program.

*Consultants, CLG staff, university faculty, students, and anyone interested in Virginia's landmark register programs and history. (Please share this newsletter with others!)

DRAFT Agenda of Nominations & PIFs for
September's Joint Board Meeting

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The next joint meeting of the Virginia State Review Board and Board of Historic Resources is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2019. The meeting is slated to take place at The Bayne Center at Historic Christ Church and Museum in Weems, Lancaster County, Virginia. Here is the draft agenda for nominations scheduled to be presented at the meeting:
Eastern Region
  1. Ellington, Hanover County, DHR No. 042-0400, Criterion A
  2. Holly Springs Apartments Historic District, City of Richmond, DHR No. 127-7205, Criteria A and C
  3. New Kent Ordinary, New Kent County, DHR No. 063-0021, Criteria A and C
  4. Periwinkle Cottage, Albemarle County, DHR No. 002-5311, Criterion C
Northern Region
  1. Sligo, City of Fredericksburg, DHR No. 111-0097, Criterion C
  2. Willisville Historic District, Loudoun County, DHR No. 053-5116, Criteria A and C
Western Region
  1. Hargrave Military Academy, Pittsylvania County, DHR No. 187-5004, Criteria A and C
  2. St. Albans Hospital, Pulaski County, DHR No. 077-0046, Criteria A and C
Preliminary Information Forms (PIFs):
During the September 19 meeting, the State Review Board will review the following draft agenda of Preliminary Information Forms (PIFs); additional PIFs are likely to be added to the agenda in coming weeks.

Western Region
  1. Graham-Watson Farm, Wythe County, DHR No.098-5350, Criteria A and C
  2. Jackson Barn, Rockbridge County, DHR No. 081-7171, Criterion C
  3. Martinsville Historic District 2019 Boundary Increase, City of Martinsville, DHR No. 120-5098, Criteria A and C
  4. William Preston Summers Law Office, Town of Abingdon, Washington County, DHR No. 140-0029, Criteria A and C
Northern Region
  1. Belleview Historic District, Town of Orange, Orange County, DHR No. 275-5005, Criteria A and C
  2. Knightsbridge Apartments, City of Alexandria, DHR No. 000-9731, Criteria A and C
Eastern Region
  1. Kecoughtan Court Apartments, City of Hampton, DHR No. 114-5823, Criteria A and C
  2. John’s United Holy Church of America, City of Richmond, DHR No. 127-7209, Criterion A and Criteria Consideration A

Register-Listed Places in the News

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Mapping Slave Dwellings with Google Streetview:
In an effort to preserve and increase digital access to slave dwellings in Virginia, Charlottesville-based Virginia Humanities has collaborated with Google Street View to create virtual tours of the living quarters.
Encyclopedia Virginia has created a webpage with links (top photo) to each mapped slave dwelling, as well as a host of other mapped historic sites across Virginia. The Street View tours also play a role in virtual preservation.
Many of the dwellings are in poor condition—even in worse shape than when they first were photographed a few years ago. By creating the virtual tours, the appearance and history of these dwellings is preserved for future generations. Additionally, a range of dwelling types and locations were selected to highlight how ubiquitous slavery was throughout Virginia—from the Eastern Shore to Mecklenburg County. Although people now tend to think that enslaved people only lived on rural plantations, numerous slave dwellings also existed in urban places like Alexandria and Richmond, which challenges the stereotypes of how enslaved people lived.

History News from Around Virginia

Coming this Month: In Search of Virginia's Maritime Heritage
"Norfolk; from Gosport, Virginia," 1835. Courtesy of The Mariners' Museum Collection.
An archaeologist excavates the shipwreck Betsy in the York River in the late 1980s.
On Saturday, August 24, between 9 a.m. and 12 noon, DHR will introduce a series of presentations highlighting:
  • how the commonwealth’s extensive network of bays and rivers has influenced and impacted the lives and commerce of Virginia’s citizens for more than 400 years, and
  • how the public can become involved in a statewide effort to locate and protect maritime archaeological sites.
The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News will host the event, which is open to the public, admission free.

Pre-registration is encouraged: http://bit.ly/2TgtDyg. More information here.

The event is sponsored by a grant from Virginia Humanities.
Virginia Family History Day Conference Explores the Genealogical Impact of Migration
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The third annual Virginia Family History Day Conference takes place Saturday, September 14, at the Library of Virginia. This year’s conference addresses the topic “Searching for Your Ancestors: The Genealogical Impact of Forced & Voluntary Virginia Migrations.” Attendees can learn more about the historical context of their family history stories and shed light on their ancestors’ journeys.

This event features a presentation from educator, historian, and award-winning author Ric Murphy on “The 400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in English North America.” The 1619 arrival of Africans marked a pivotal moment in Virginia’s history and eventually caused major shifts in its economy and culture. The 400th anniversary of this seminal event invites us to examine its influence on the practice of family history as well as the impact of subsequent migrations to, from, and within the commonwealth.

The Library hosts the conference in collaboration with the Virginia chapters of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., the Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society, and the Richmond-area congregations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with support from FamilySearch.

Registration and tickets are required for the conference. The cost is $35 ($14 for optional lunch). Spaces are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

Note: A free, optional open house on Friday, September 13, offers computer lab sessions on topics such as newspapers and maps, one-on-one “Ask an Expert” sessions, and a tour of the Library. (Reservations are required for the “Ask an Expert” sessions. To schedule one, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.)

News from Elsewhere

AASLH Online Conference
The annual conference for the American Association for State and Local History takes place August 28-31 in Philadelphia, PA. If you can’t attend the meeting in person, AASLH offers an parallel Online Conference consisting of six hot-topic Annual Meeting sessions, re-formatted for an online audience.
Each session will be broadcast live from the Annual Meeting. Participants can see slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. If registrants are not able to participate in one of the live sessions, then they can have access to the recordings for six months. Registrations starts at $60. Low rates and a group log-in option make this online learning opportunity accessible for anyone who wants to improve their practice of history. Watch at home, at your desk, or gather staff members together for a team-building event.
Webinar: Introducing the Inclusive Historian’s Handbook
On September 19, 2019, from 3:00-4:15 p.m. (Eastern time), the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) will introduce The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook. This webinar is presented to AASLH members at no charge, but participants must register in advance. Participants will be provided with an overview of the Handbook’s contents as well as suggestions for how to incorporate it into their practice. The facilitators will also gather feedback, ideas, and suggestions from participants regarding future additions to the Handbook’s content.

The objectives of the Handbook are to support inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings by:
  • Sharing a knowledge base that invites more people to engage in history projects.
  • Providing concrete examples of how to make history work more relevant.
  • Centering equity, inclusivity, diversity, and public service.
  • Offering accessible windows into the many ways public historians work.
The Handbook is for individuals and groups engaged in historical work in a wide range of settings—not just paid professionals or academic scholars. It is intended to provide community groups, educators, museum professionals (paid and unpaid), students, scholars, activists, historical societies, preservationists, archivists, and others with easy-to-find information that is directly applicable to inclusive history practice. The Handbook will be a living document and changes and additions to the content will respond in a timely fashion to new developments in the field.
Time Magazine’s List of Best History Podcasts
Time recently published a list of “best history podcasts” for listeners who are interested in all eras and topics of history. Podcasts today are available that examine, the French Revolution, Oprah Winfrey’s groundbreaking career, the history of hip hop, and dozens of other subjects.
Some podcasts devote hundreds of hours to a single subject or period, while others offer more basic overviews or discussions of broad trends, such as the history of radio broadcasting. Time’s list of their picks for the 17 best history podcasts to listen to right now can be found at https://time.com/5622795/best-history-podcasts/.

And for Virginians, note that among these best 17 is the weekly podcast BackStory, which features historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly and Joanne Freeman of Virginia Humanities examining today’s headlines through the lens of American history.