Monday, February 20, 2017

The Genius of Thomas Jefferson - A Lecture Series by Rick Britton

Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, March 7 – 3:00 p.m. – THE SENIOR CENTER of CHARLOTTESVILLE begins a brand new class: “The Genius of Thomas Jefferson.” The lecturer is historian Rick Britton, author of the award-winning Jefferson, A Monticello Sampler. It’s the perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

Despite being born in the Virginia backcountry, Jefferson became one of America’s most brilliant Founding Fathers. We’ll examine his most famous and notable achievement—authorship of the Declaration of Independence—and we’ll explore many of his lesser-known accomplishments such as the dredging of the Rivanna River, the founding of the U.S. Patent Office, and designing of the Virginia State Capitol. We’ll also learn about Jefferson’s foray into the fascinating science of paleontology. Join us as we explore “The Genius of Thomas Jefferson!”   

• Tues., March 7 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson’s Greatest Hits: Accomplishments Galore!”
• Tues., March 14 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson’s Greatest Hits: Part Two!”
• Tues., March 21 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson, the Declaration, & the Fourth of July” 
• Tues., March 28 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson, Father of the American West”
• Tues., April 4 - 3:oo pm –  “The Megalonyx Jeffersonii: Jefferson’s Great Claw”
• Tues., April 18 – Travel Session: A fabulous day-trip to downtown Washington to see the recreation of Jefferson’s book collection at the gorgeous Library of Congress, and the stunningly beautiful Jefferson Memorial. For lunch we’ll dine at the U.S. Capitol Cafeteria. (Tour departs 8:00 a.m., returns between 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Travel Session is a separate charge. Note that Library of Congress tour is limited to 25 participants.)

Sign up today! The class will be held at the Senior Center Inc. beginning on Tues., March 7, 3:00–4:00 pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00. To register, or for more information, call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, go to, or e-mail

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Stonewall & the 1862 Battle of McDowell, VA

Monday, February 20 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts Keven Walker, CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, speaking on “Stonewall & the 1862 Battle of McDowell, Va.” Fought on May 8, 1862, the Battle of McDowell witnessed an uphill attack by an outnumbered Union force. Despite winning the day, Jackson was unable to mount an effective pursuit. The Charlottesville CWRT is a wonderful organization of history enthusiasts who get together to dine (optional) and enjoy a presentation on our nation’s fascinating Civil War. Visitors can come the first time for free, children are welcome. Individual year-long memberships are $25.00 (a great deal).

Monthly CWRT meetings are held the third Monday at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on 250 East starting at 7 p.m. Dinner (optional) starts at 6 p.m. Dinner menu: salmon, steak, or crab cakes with salad & desert for $20. For more info call Sandy vonThelen at (434) 971-8567.

Madison and the Constitution - President's Day

Presidents’ Day Weekend- Sat. Feb. 18 to Mon. Feb 20 –MONTPELIER is offering tours every half hour from 10 a.m.  - 4 p.m. The specialty tours include (at 10:30 a.m. each day): "Madison and the Constitution."  Liberty, democracy, and the ideas that inspired a nation and changed the world come alive in this tour. Gain a deeper understanding of one of our country’s most influential documents, and the man who inspired its creation.

Tour costs $20 for adults, $7 for children 6-14, and is FREE for kids under 6. James Madison's Montpelier is located on Route 20 in Orange, Virginia, 4 miles south of Orange, 25 minutes north of Charlottesville, and 2 hours south of Washington, D.C., at 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957. For more information go to or call (540) 672-2728 x450.

Portrait of James Madison by John Vanderlyn

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trusty Servants: The Life and Work of Enslaved Manservants to the Presidents
Feb 16, 2017, 4-5pm - Emmanuel Dabney, National Park Service Historian,
guest lecturer at Highland, the Home of James Monroe, Charlottesville, VA

Thursday, February 16 – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.– HIGHLAND the Home of JAMES MONROE is hosting a lecture by National Park Service historian Emmanuel Dabney titled “Trusty Servants: The Life and Work of Enslaved Manservants to the Presidents.” Throughout the history of slavery in America, some medium to large-scale slaveholders used certain enslaved people as personal servants. The subject of this talk focuses on several of the valets of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
Emmanuel has given many programs on the issues facing African-Americans in antebellum, wartime, and immediate post-war America.

Although free and open to the public, advanced registration is recommended. Please RSVP to Nancy Stetz at Highland, located at 2050 James Monroe Pkwy., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April through October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through March. Admission is regularly $14 and $8 for local residents. For more information, visit, call (434) 293-8000, or contact Events Manager Jason Woodle (