JAMES MADISON’S CONSTITUTION – The Miracle Constitution (November 2nd – 3 pm)
Why did Madison say it was a miracle? Why should you care? Two of the questions to be addressed during this first of a series on our Constitution over the next 6 months. This presentation will be a 20 minute lecture/discussion followed by a questions/answers period. Our guest speaker for this series is Mr. Tom Matthes. Tom is a native Virginian, writer, journalist, broadcaster, teacher and historical interpreter. For a number of years, he authored a Constitutional Scorecard commentary on the radio program The World from Washington for which he also served as a commentator on American history. Tom is a graduate of Williamette University, “the oldest university in the west (USA)” and served as its debate and speech coach. He has taught courses on history, public speaking, social studies and college preparation. Tom currently works as several historic sites including two presidential homes. He is a frequent guest on constitutional subjects on WJTU Radio in Charlottesville.
THANKSGIVING DURING THE CIVIL WAR. November 16th, 3:00 pm.
Author and historian Ms. Jayne Blair and Dr. Martha Neff-Smith will share the ways Thanksgiving was observed by soldiers during the Civil War.
January, 2015 (details to be posted soon)
QUILTING – a presentation of its history and many stories and styles.