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October 2019

State Historical Highway Marker “John J. Wright School” To Be Dedicated in Spotsylvania County

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum, 7565 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA United States
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The "John J. Wright" historical marker to be dedicated highlights the 20th-century history of secondary public school education for African American students in Spotsylvania County and John J. Wright High School. Speakers during the ceremony will include John Hennessy, chief historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park; Dr. Scott Baker, Superintendent, Spotsylvania County Schools; Charles Conyers, a principal; Dr. Jennifer Loux, historian and manager of the marker program at DHR, among other participants including former students and faculty of…

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November 2019

Dedication of the “Sgt. Miles James” Historical Marker in Va. Beach

November 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Building 19, 2416 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA United States
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This marker will be dedicated in Virginia Beach at  11 a.m. during a ceremony at Building 19, Training Rooms A & B 2416 Courthouse Drive. Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer will speak at the event. He will be joined by J. Michael Moore, curator of Lee Hall and Endview Plantation, on the program. DHR will be represented by Dr. Colita Fairfax, chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources. The public is invited to attend.   Text of the marker:…

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Dedication of the “Court Street Baptist Church” historical marker in Portsmouth

November 10, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Court Street Baptist Church, 447 Court Street
Portsmouth, VA United States
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The marker “Court Street Baptist Church” in Portsmouth will be dedicated at 11 a.m.   Text of the marker: Court Street Baptist Church The Kehukee Association, composed of Baptist churches in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina, established Court Street Baptist Church on 7 Sept. 1789. This is the oldest Baptist church in Portsmouth and Norfolk and became the mother church of several other congregations. Members acquired land here in 1799 and built their first sanctuary. African American members, about…

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Dedication of three state historical markers in Town of Marion, Smyth County

November 15, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Dedication of three state historical markers relating to African American history in Town of Marion will be dedicated at 12 noon. More details to follow. Here are the texts of the three markers: Mount Pleasant Methodist Church African Americans, exercising newfound autonomy after the Civil War, withdrew from white-led congregations and established new churches, including Mount Pleasant Methodist Church in Marion ca. 1871. After sharing a frame sanctuary with a local Baptist congregation, Mount Pleasant erected a new brick sanctuary…

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Dedication of the “James River Steam Brewery” Historical Marker in Richmond

November 17, 2019
James River Brewery Site, Route 5 at Old Hudson St.
Richmond, VA United States
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The marker “James River Steam Brewery” will be dedicated in Richmond. Time and other details to follow. Here is the text of the marker: James River Steam Brewery Nearby stood the James River Steam Brewery, built in 1866 during a national boom in beer production. The five-story facility contributed to Richmond’s post-Civil War industrial recovery, and its beer garden served as a community center. David G. Yuengling Jr., part-owner, was the oldest son of the founder of D. G. Yuengling…

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The “The Stephens Family” Historical Marker to be Dedicated in Frederick County

November 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The “The Stephens Family” historical marker will be dedicated at 2 p.m. in Frederick Co. More details to follow. Here's the text of the marker: Stephens Family Peter and Maria Stephens, German immigrants, settled here with their children in 1732. They had come from Pennsylvania with a group led by Jost Hite to form the Opequon settlement, a set of dispersed homesteads in this region. Archaeology reveals that the Stephens house occupied a site that Native Americans had once inhabited.…

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December 2019

State Historical Marker “Morris Stanley Alexander (1891-1977)” to be Dedicated in Lynchburg

December 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Oakwood Country Club, 3409 Rivermont Ave
Lynchburg, VA United States
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The new historical marker highlights the career of Morris Stanley Alexander, an African American caddy master and golf professional of national repute who taught the fundamentals and etiquette of golf for more than 50 years at Lynchburg’s Oakwood Country Club. The dedication and unveiling ceremony for the marker begins at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 7, at Oakwood Country Club, where the marker will be located, at 3409 Rivermont Avenue, in Lynchburg. The ceremony is open to the public. Speakers will…

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Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and State Review Board, December 12

December 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond, United States
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Quarterly meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board will convene on December 12, at 9:00 a.m. at the Harry M. Bluford Classroom of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23221. The boards will approve nominations to the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places, new historical highway markers, and new easement donations. During the meeting, the State Review Board will also consider preliminary Information Forms for…

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January 2020

First Friday Appointments with Tax Credit Program Staff

January 3 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
DHR Headquarters, 2801 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221 United States
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Excepting holidays, on the first Friday of every month at DHR’s Richmond headquarters, tax credit staff can meet by appointment with applicants or their project representative from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Appointments are limited to 20 minutes so that staff may provide informal, non-binding guidance on specific historic rehabilitation treatment issues. These meetings are not intended to review an overall project. A formal, comprehensive review of a project occurs only after submission of the complete rehabilitation tax credit application to DHR.   Appointments for a first Friday meeting can…

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Dedication of Historical Marker Samuel Wilson Crump in New Kent County

January 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
New Kent County Courthouse, 12001 Courthouse Circle
New Kent, VA 23124 United States
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This state historical marker that recalls the political career of Samuel W. Crump, among the first African Americans elected to public office under the state’s 1902 Constitution, which disenfranchised many black voters. The dedication and unveiling ceremony for the marker begins at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 15 at the sign’s location at the New Kent County Courthouse in the village of New Kent. The public is welcome. Speakers will be members and friends of the Crump family including son, Elton…

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February 2020

Dedication of “Irene Morgan Story Begins” historical marker

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Morgan Marker Location, 2425 Hayes Road
Gloucester, VA United States
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Washington Afro-American headlines Morgan v. Virginia decision. This marker will be dedicated at its location at 2425 Hayes Road in Gloucester County. Speakers at the event will include Robin Washington, producer of the 1995 PBS documentary “You Don’t Have to Ride Jim Crow”; Morgan’s granddaughter, Shoshanna Bacquie Walden; and Jim Hare, of the Department of Historic Resources. Other participants will be Morgan’s daughter, Brenda M. Bacquie, and niece, Cleo Warren; Ben Borden, a longtime resident of Hayes; Anne Dyal and…

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Dedication of historical marker “Palmer Hayden (1890-1973)” in Stafford County

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Widewater State Park, 101 Widewater State Park Rd
, Stafford Courthouse, VA 22554 United States
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Palmer Hayden, 1932. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution). This marker will be dedicated during a ceremony at its location in Widewater State Park, near the Visitors Center in Stafford County.  The event is open to the public. Here is the text of the marker: Palmer Hayden (1890-1973) Palmer Hayden, artist, was born Peyton Cole Hedgeman nearby in Widewater. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and later studied art at Columbia University and in Boothbay Harbor,…

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Dedication of “First Baptist Church” marker in Petersburg

February 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
First Baptist Church in Petersburg, 236 Harrison Street
Petersburg, VA United States
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First Baptist Church, Petersburg. (DHR) The public dedication and unveiling ceremony for the marker begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 8, in the church sanctuary and then the sign will be unveiled at its location on the south side of the church in a parking lot at 236 Harrison Street, Petersburg. Speakers at the event will include representatives of the church, the Cameron Foundation, sponsor of the marker, and the Department of Historic Resources. Elected officials from state, local, and…

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Dedication of “Skirmish at James’s Plantation” in Virginia Beach

February 15

This marker will be dedicated on February 15. Time and place will be announced when available. Here is the text of the marker: Skirmish at James’s Plantation British forces under Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold raided Richmond early in Jan. 1781 and established a base in Portsmouth later that month, seeking to control the Tidewater region. Groups of local militia, including 520 men led by Capt. Amos Weeks, disrupted British operations in the area. Arnold ordered Capt. Johann Ewald, commander of…

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Historical Marker “Mason Locke Weems and George Washington” Dedication

February 17

This marker will be dedicated on Feb. 17.  Time and place of dedication will be announced when that information is available.   Mason Locke Weems and George Washington Mason Locke Weems (1759-1825), minister, bookseller, and writer, owned a half-acre lot here from 1798 until 1802. Weems published the first edition of his most influential work, later known as The Life of Washington, in 1800. Widely distributed across the United States, Weems’s book shaped the heroic image of George Washington in the…

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Every Brick Tells a Story: Historic Brick Buildings in the Valley of Virginia

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Paxton House, Maury River Rd
Buena Vista, VA 24416 United States
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A brick in a Paxton House exterior wall, with the neatly inscribed initials AJP The molded brick cornice of the Paxton House's early 1830s springhouse. Michael J. Pulice, a veteran architectural historian with DHR, will present a free public program about how bricks were made and laid in the construction of the Valley's many fine historic brick buildings. Pulice will pay particular attention to Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, and Lexington, where some of the leading brick masons of the period…

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March 2020

Conference: “Preserving African American Historic Places”

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum, 201 S Washington St
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
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$60

Preservation Virginia, the Alexandria Black History Museum, and DHR are co-sponsoring this one-day conference on Friday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by Alexandria’s History Museum at the Lyceum. The conference will provide networking opportunities and tools to help strengthen organizations preserving African American historical sites. General admission is $60 (coffee and lunch included). For more information, see this pdf flyer or register here.

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CLG Training Workshop in Arlington — CANCELLED

March 23
Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Boulevard
Arlinton, VA United States
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CANCELLED. THIS WORKSHOP NOW FILLED. DHR staff will conduct this workshop 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., which the Arlington Arts Center will host. Workshop training will cover — historic architecture, appropriate treatments for historic materials, ADA Accessibility Project planning, and Community outreach and engagement. See this agenda for the day. The workshop will be capped at 40 participants. Register early by completing this online form. If you have questions, please contact Aubrey Von Lindern at (540) 868-7029.

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CLG Training Workshop in Fredericksburg — CANCELLED

March 24
718 Venue, 718 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA United States
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CANCELLED. THIS WORKSHOP NOW FILLED. DHR staff will conduct this workshop 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 718 Venue. Workshop training will cover — historic architecture, appropriate treatments for historic materials, ADA Accessibility Project planning, and Community outreach and engagement. The workshop will be capped at 40 participants. Register early by completing this online form. If you have questions, please contact Aubrey Von Lindern at (540) 868-7029.

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May 2020

CLG Workshop in Williamsburg

May 15
The Stryker Center, 412 Boundary Street
Willliamsburg, VA United States
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SAVE the DATE: DHR staff will conduct this workshop 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., hosted by the Stryker Center. Workshop training will cover — historic architecture, appropriate treatments for historic materials, ADA Accessibility Project planning, and Community outreach and engagement. The workshop will be capped at 40 participants. Register early by completing this online form. If you have questions, please contact Aubrey Von Lindern at (540) 868-7029.

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Updated January 27, 2020