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Elaine Duckworth, President         Gary Cowardin, Editor    
2508 Hanover Avenue                 1404 Lorraine Ave.       
Richmond, VA 23220                  Richmond, VA 23227-3735           

"Western Division Markers (Beyond the Freeman Markers)" by Ann Miller, Va. Transportation Research Council 7:30pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA.,
4602 Cary Street Road, 23226. A parking lot is available behind the church with an entrance off the parking lot to the right and up a few steps into the DINING HALL on the left. Ann is currently Historian for the Virginia Transportation Research Council (VTRC, the research arm for the Virginia Department of Transportation) in Charlottesville. She is the principal investigator for the VTRC's history program, including research into historic bridges, early roads, and other aspects of transportation history, as well as related cultural resource management. Ms. Miller also serves as consultant Research Historian for the Orange County Historical Society, is a Contributing Editor for the Papers of Dolley Madison editorial project, and served as consultant historian for Montpelier for a number of years. She is the state chair for the Virginia Historic Structures Task Group, the interagency committee that examines questions of historic significance and management for Virginia's historic transportation structures. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Orange County Historical Society and as Director of Research for Montpelier. Ms. Miller holds the degrees of Bachelor of Architectural History (1979) and Master of Architectural History with Certificate in Historic Preservation (1989), both from the University of Virginia. Her special areas of interest include history, social history, architecture, cultural landscapes, and transportation history. She is the author of numerous reports and publications for VTRC, as well as a number of books, reports, conference papers, articles, and National Register nominations on matters relating to Virginia history. In addition to her reports for VTRC, her major Virginia history works include Antebellum Orange (Orange Co. Historical Society, 1988); We Were Always Free (with T. O. Madden, Jr., W. W. Norton, 1992); sections for James Madison and the American Nation: An Encyclopedia (Simon & Schuster, 1994) and for Lost Virginia (Howell Press, 2001); and The Short Life and Strange Death of Ambrose Madison (Orange Co. Historical Society, 2001). Other works are currently in preparation. Meeting Attendance for April: 60 NOTE: Please put on your NAME BADGE on when you arrive for the meeting. (They will be on a table near the back or side of the room.)
Message from Our President Dear Members, Historical markers are important in our ever-changing landscapes and often prompt us to dig deeper for the stories they tell. On the last Saturday of April, I stumbled upon the Virginia historical marker for Richmond Hill in the historic Church Hill neighborhood. I took a photograph of the marker explaining its historical significance and one image of the Italianate and stucco mansion. Finding the historical marker was the first step. I naturally followed up to learn more about the story of this historic home. Richard Wilkins, a Virginian who ran a sugar plantation in Louisiana, bought the property in 1859 and enlarged the house for his family. During the war, the residence was transformed into a hospital when Wilkins' wife brought wounded soldiers to recuperate at their home. Perched in the cupola, their young son, Benjamin Harrison Wilkins, watched smoke rise from the Seven Days' battles. He later wrote an account of his memories of the Civil War in a memoir entitled, "War Boy." If you're like me, you're an experiential learner who prefers finding historical sites in person. Since it's not always possible to travel to distant places, amateur photographers have done a great service to the Civil War community, researchers, and the general public by posting photographs of historical markers to online databases. One such database you may want to check out is located at this website: Speaking of service, I'd like to thank our dedicated executive committee members, Dan Balfour, Bobby Krick, and Jack Mountcastle, for the outstanding service they have given our roundtable over the years. We certainly owe them a debt of gratitude. Please join me in thanking them when you see them at our next meeting. We are still actively seeking our next secretary. If you would like to serve in this capacity next year, please let us know. We are also registering members for our annual field trip, which be held on June 2nd. You won't want to miss this study of the Petersburg Campaign. Please bring your check to our May meeting for $35 made out to the RCWRT to reserve your seat. (see below) I'll look forward to seeing you in the beautiful month of May! Elaine
RCWRT 2018 Field Trip - Saturday, June 2, 2018 On Saturday morning, June 2, we will meet in the parking lot of the Lowe's at 8001 Brook Road near Parham. Our bus will depart at 9:00am and we will stop at Grant's headquarters at City Point (Hopewell), the Park Service museum and battlefield sites in Petersburg, and Five Forks. You can pack a lunch, or eat at a McDonald's in Petersburg. Cost of the tour is just $35 per person. Please make your check payable to RCWRT and bring it to the May meeting or mail it to: Doug Crenshaw 1737 Wilmington Ave. Richmond 23228 Questions? E-mail: Please plan to pack a lunch and join us. This should be an enjoyable tour and day! We should arrive back in Richmond around 5:00pm.
2018 Membership and Information Form 2018 RCWRT membership dues were collected through April 1. Dues postmarked after April 1 are considered late. A $25 late fee will be added to individual and couple memberships. $60 = individual and $70 = couple membership. Using the link below open the .pdf file print and fill it out then either bring it to the meeting along with payment or mail it to Sandy @: Sandy Parker, RCWRT Secretary 2425 Falkirk Drive North Chesterfield, VA 23236 2018 Membership and Members Contact Information .pdf Form (Click the link above and the .pdf form should open ready for printing.) New members are welcome throughout the year. A one time initiation fee of $25 is added to the $35 individual or $45 couple membership dues. Please follow the instructions on the members form on the RCWRT website.
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