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Bill Welsch, President               Gary Cowardin, Editor    
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Without a Certain Resting Place: Shenandoah Valley Refugees by Dr. Jonathan M. Berkey 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 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. Jonathan is an Associate Professor of History at Concord University and has written many Civil War articles, encyclopedia entries, and presentations over the years. Refugees are a little-studied but important group common in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. The unpredictable changes in military control of the Valley ensured that refugees to and from the region were a common sight throughout the conflict. My talk focuses on the experiences of four refugee women: Judith McGuire, who made the Valley her refuge early in the war, and Ellen Moore, Cornelia McDonald, and Mary G. Lee, who fled their homes in the Valley at different times during the war. These women demonstrated amazing fortitude, perseverance, and ingenuity as they faced the daunting challenges of refugee life. Meeting Attendance for August: 79 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 If John Wilkes Booth had attempted to cross the Potomac River in 1861 instead of 1865, he apparently would have had much southern assistance. Thanks to Rob Orrison for filling us in on the Confederate river blockade of that period. This was certainly new information to me. Also exciting was Rob's accounting of recent preservation efforts in that arena. Thank you, sir, for a fine story. Remember the annual Willow Oaks holiday dinner on November 9th is fast approaching. Please be sure to join in enjoying the fellowship, food, and history with Dr. Edward Ayres. Given the topic change by Dr. Ayres, the question of will our descendants be celebrating a Civil War Bicentennial remains to be considered. But an interesting look backwards is Troubled Commemoration: The American Civil War Centennial, 1961 - 1965 by Robert J. Cook. More politics than history, but still recommended. Perhaps we can make some projections about the future from there. Here are two very different web sites for your consideration. The first, from our pal Dr. David Whitehead, has a medical theme. It's here: The second from both Art Ritter and Waite Rawls ties into our last speaker. It's from the US Naval Institute on the birth of the aircraft carrier: Bill
Annual Members Dinner Meeting Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6pm River Dining Room Willow Oaks Country Club 6228 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225 Cost: $35.00 per person A Cash Bar will be available Menu: Chicken Night Buffet featuring Fried or Baked Chicken Choice of two salads One vegetable Spaghetti Choice of two desserts THIS HAS CHANGED: We originally approached Dr. Edward Ayers to try to induce him to speak to the issue of "For our Roundtable, is there a future in our history or is there to be any history in our future" relying on his unique ability to project the future based on the past to answer the question. Whether or not our Roundtable would be relevant or even legal by the time of the Bicentennial because of political correctness and other current philosophies was at the base of the question. It would certainly be interesting to follow that trail but we have subsequently unearthed a more relevant gem. Dr. Ayers advised us he will be publishing in 2017 a book which speaks directly to the trouble in the Valley including the fires and other heretofore mostly uncovered episodes. He promises a unique viewpoint. Since most of us know his excellence as a speaker this change in subject matter should showcase an even better use of his talents. It is certainly more relevant in view of our other speakers' year long trek through the Valley. I find the anticipation even greater on my part as I hope it will be on yours. We strongly recommend you save the date and let Troy hear from you right away as this will probably sell out quickly. Contact Troy Arnold: E-mail: Phone 804-740-8718 (leave a clear message & call back number if no answer) Mail your check for $35 X number of dinners to: (write the # on the check) Troy Arnold 301 Hollyport Road Henrico, VA 23229
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