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March 2019

Historical Highway Marker “Dorothy Height (1912–2010)” To Be Dedicated in Richmond

March 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
First Baptist Church of South Richmond, 1501 Decatur Street
Richmond, VA 23224
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A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated this weekend that recalls the life of Dorothy I. Height, an advocate for women and a civil rights leader, born in Richmond, who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and was a chief organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to the state historical marker, the ceremony will also dedicate a plaque…

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April 2019

Historical Highway Marker “Isaac Brandon Lynched, 6 April 1892” To Be Dedicated

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Historic Charles City Court House, 10780 Courthouse Road
Charles City, VA United States
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A state historical marker that recalls the lynching of Isaac Brandon, an African American, will be dedicated in Charles City County. It is the first state historical marker ever erected that recalls the lynching of a specific African American in Virginia. Speakers during the event will include state Senator Jennifer Leigh McClellan; Tish McDonald, the great-great-granddaughter of Isaac Brandon; and Julie V. Langan, director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

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Quarterly Meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources

April 17 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
DHR Headquarters, 2801 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221 United States
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On April 17 the Virginia Board of Historic Resources will convene to consider new nominations to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and new historical highway markers, and easement donations. The VBHR's spring quarterly meeting was originally scheduled for March 21 but that meeting was cancelled when a quorum of the board failed to appear (due to illnesses among members). The VBHR will convene at 9:30 a.m., April 17, in the Collections Room at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources headquarters…

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DHR Workshop for Historic Preservation in Southwest Virginia

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace (formerly Heartwood Artisans Gallery), 1 Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, VA
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Bristol Presentation

Residents, property owners, and citizens interested in preserving historic buildings, places, and archaeological sites in Southwest Virginia are encouraged to attend a free “Workshop for Historic Preservation in Southwest Virginia” scheduled for April 30 in the town of Abingdon when DHR staff will discuss various state and federal preservation programs. The workshop, which requires no registration, will convene at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace (formerly Heartwood Artisans Gallery), located at 1 Heartwood Circle, in Abingdon. It begins at 1…

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May 2019

2019 DHR Historic Resource Commission — CLG Training Workshops

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Jackson Park Inn, 68 First Street NW
Pulaski, VA
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Registration is now open for this year’s Historic Resource Commission / CLG Training Workshops!  DHR has three training opportunities for Historic Resource Commission members in 2019. Workshop training will cover — historic architecture, DHR’s style guide Section 106 sustainability and historic preservation, and appropriate treatments for historic materials. An engaging breakout session to wrap-up the day will give participants a chance to collaborate with commission members from other localities and make decisions on mock applications. DHR’s workshops are geared to benefit seasoned…

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Historical Marker Dedication in Lynchburg

May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 605 Clay Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 United States
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A historic marker about Rosalie Slaughter Morton, a Lynchburg native who was a pioneer in medicine and an advocate of gender equality in health care, will be dedicated at the site of her childhood home at the corner of Seventh and Clay streets during a ceremony.  

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Finding the Rainbow: The Effort to Diversify Virginia’s Historical Highway Markers Program

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, Richmond, 215 S. Wilton Rd.
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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Free

The Virginia Historical Highway Markers Program was established in 1927. At 91 years, it is oldest state-sponsored marker program in the United States. Not surprisingly, the topics selected for the markers in the first decades of its existence were about the Colonial and Antebellum eras, and the Civil War. It was not a program that presented the diversity of the people in the Commonwealth – in fact, during its first 50 years, only five markers even made reference to African…

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June 2019

Quarterly Joint Meeting of DHR’s Two Boards

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center at Sweet Briar College, 450 Sweet Briar Drive
Sweet Briar, VA 24595 United States
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The next quarterly meeting of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and the State Review Board will convene on June 20, at 9:00 a.m. at the Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center (Rooms A&B), Sweet Briar College, 450 Sweet Briar Drive, Sweet Briar, VA 24595. During the meeting, the boards will consider new nominations to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) and National Register of Historic Places, proposed historical highway markers, Preliminary Information Forms for historic properties, and easement donations.  The…

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Historical Marker “Shoeless Wonders” to be Dedicated

June 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
HumanKind, 150 Linden Ave
Lynchburg, VA 23405 United States
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The historical marker "Shoeless Wonders" will be dedicated in Lynchburg, at the marker's location near HumanKind, 150 Linden Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24503. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. The “Shoeless Wonders" recalls the football team of the Presbyterian Orphans’ Home, which played its first games by 1922. “The players, boys under the age of 18, received minimal coaching, wore second-hand uniforms, and soon began competing without shoes, except for a boot used during kickoffs,” according to the marker.  

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Historical Marker “Virginia Voters League” Dedication in Petersburg

June 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First Baptist Church, 236 Harrison Street
Petersburg, VA United States
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The historical marker "Virginia Voters League" will be dedicated in Petersburg. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. at  First Baptist Church, with the unveiling a short walk away on South Avenue. The “Virginia Voters League” recalls the organization that was founded in 1941 to bring “together Virginia’s local Negro voting leagues into one group.” According to the marker, “The group led a drive to register African Americans,” and “investigated voter registration violations,” efforts that “resulted in an easing of voter…

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July 2019

Historical Marker “Apprentice School” to be Dedicated in Newport News

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Apprenctice School, 3101 Washington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607 United States
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The state historical marker "Apprentice School" will be dedicated during a ceremony at The Apprentice School's gymnasium. The Apprentice School is located at 3101 Washington Ave., in Newport News. The marker recalls that the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, founded in 1886, had an informal apprentice training program in place by the 1890s and established a formal training school in 1919 for shipbuilding trades. One of the nation’s foremost builders of military and commercial ships, the company’s school…

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Fauquier Co.: Dedication of Three Historical Markers on the Mellons and Rokeby Stables

July 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 9801 Mosby Highway
Upperville, VA 20184 United States
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Three markers in Fauquier County that recall the Mellons’ philanthropy and the Rokeby Stables will be dedicated at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville: Paul Mellon (1907-1999) Mary Elizabeth Conover Mellon (1904-1946) Rokeby Stables The public ceremony to dedicate all three markers will begin at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 4, two miles east of Upperville at the intersection of John S Mosby Highway (US 50) and Rokeby Road (Route 623), where two of the markers — “Paul Mellon” and “Rokeby Stables” —…

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August 2019

Historic Resource Commission / CLG Training Workshop

August 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Smithfield Center, 220 North Street, Smithfield, 220 North Street
Smithfield, VA 23430 United States
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This DHR workshop is geared to benefit seasoned and new HRC members and staff, as well as anyone who has an interest in preservation of our historic resources. Training will cover — historic architecture, DHR's style guide Section 106 sustainability and historic preservation, and appropriate treatments for historic materials. See agenda. An engaging breakout session to wrap-up the day will give participants a chance to collaborate with commission members from other localities and make decisions on mock applications. The workshop is…

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Updated June 3, 2019