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The Confederate Alamo by John J. Fox III

General Robert E. Lee faced the most monumental crisis of his military career on April 2, 1865. By sunrise that morning, the Union 6th Corps had punched a huge hole in Lee’s outer line, southwest of Petersburg. He needed time for reinforcements to arrive from Richmond, but how could his depleted army buy that time? Against overwhelming odds, a handful of Confederates made a suicidal desperate last stand at Fort Gregg. Douglas Southall Freeman called this epic fight ?one of the most dramatic incidents of an overwhelming day,? and yet it has been overshadowed by all the other historic events of April 1865. Fourteen Union soldiers received the Medal of Honor for their bravery at Fort Gregg. Many battle-scarred veterans from both sides described this clash as the nastiest of their four-year war experience. John J. Fox III, will tell the story of this long-overlooked battle that took place in the last days of the war in Virginia.

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Enhance Your Public Speaking

During this GRAVA workshops we will be focusing on our ability to lead by focusing on our effectiveness with public speaking. Participants will receive tips, materials and hands on practice in honing this vital skill. Our presenter, Christine Al-Amin, is a long standing leader among Toast Masters. She has graciously agreed to share some of this successful organization’s expertise and wisdom to help each of us have a better appreciation for our strengths and weaknesses around speaking to groups. Everyone who attends will notice some immidiate changes in their own listening skills, best practices to put into action and next steps on our individual journeys.

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Stations of the Cross on Brookland Park Blvd

Join persons from all faith traditions as we recollect the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry by observing the stations of the cross along Brookland Park Boulevard. At each station, we will stop for the reading of scripture, the singing of hymns and prayers. All are welcome.

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Stories At The Museum

The VHS offers special educator-led readings of history books. Every program includes a group reading of the selected history-themed picture book and a craft activity related to the text. Each month the books have a different theme. Programs take place the first and third Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Stories at the Museum programs are free and open to children of all ages.

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Court End and Capitol Square During the Civil War Walking Tour

An in-depth discussion of the people and places of Court End and the reasons Richmond was chosen as the capital of the Confederacy. Learn about Jefferson Davis, Varina Davis, Alexander Stephens, Matthew Maury, Mary Chesnut and other Confederate notables while touring the neighborhoods of their homes and offices. Meet at the Valentine.

$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members
Cash, check or purchase online at www.richmondhistorytours.com or call 804-649-0711×301.

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Civil War Sampler: The Bus Tour

A look at Richmond’s role as the capital of the Confederacy. Includes Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, Court End, the canal area, Hollywood Cemetery, Monument Avenue and the battlefields at Gaines’ Mill, Beaver Dam Creek and Cold Harbor. Meet at the Valentine. Reservations required: call 804-649-0711×301 or purchase online at www.richmondhistorytours.com.

$25 per person
$20 for Valentine Members
Cash or check, or purchase online at richmondhistorytours.com.
On-street parking.
This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine. We offer a full schedule of walking and bus tours of city neighborhoods, waterways, parks, retail districts, historic sites and battlefields. Led by a trained master guide, a Richmond History Tour is the best way to experience the city’s rich past, present and future.

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Church Hill Walking Tour

Examine 19th century architecture and modern revitalization efforts in Richmond’s oldest intact neighborhood. Home to St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry made his famous “Liberty or Death” speech, and the city’s largest number of antebellum structures. Meet at Patrick Henry Park across from St. John’s Church, East Broad and 24th streets.

$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members and children under 12
Walk-ups welcome.
Cash or check, or purchase online at richmondhistorytours.com.
On-street parking.
This tour is presented as part of the Richmond History Tours program, a service of the Valentine. We offer a full schedule of walking and bus tours of city neighborhoods, waterways, parks, retail districts, historic sites and battlefields. Led by a trained master guide, a Richmond History Tour is the best way to experience the city’s rich past, present and future.

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Assembler Disscussion at 1708

Please join 1708 Gallery for the latest event in our Assembler series, a night of conversation about our current exhibition.

We will be discussing our current exhibition Two of Everything, Ben Stout’s most recent development in an on-going project that combines his interests in abstraction, documentation, and site-specificity. Using these different languages, Stout will translate a specific place–the Church Hill Tunnel–into a gallery-based installation

Jason Hackett, artist and Associate Professor at VCU’s Craft & Material Studies Department, will guide a discussion and create a dialog about the art on view. The audience will work together to assemble meaning around the exhibition.

Assembler is FREE and open to to all ages. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the discussion begins at 5:30 pm.

Please RSVP for Assembler to Gallery Coordinator Janelle Proulx at jproulx@1708gallery.com.

To learn more about the exhibition and the artist please visit www.1708gallery.org and benstout.net.

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Lora M. Robins Speaker Series Featuring Three Facets of Resiliency

Today we are faced with setbacks, budget cuts, and unexpected roadblocks. We encounter stumbling blocks along our leadership and personal journey. How we manage and help others is key to our success as well as to our organizations and communities. Join LMR for an interactive series for public, business and nonprofit leaders to explore three facets of resiliency. February 10 – Personal Resiliency March 9 – Building Resilient Organizational Cultures April 9 – Building Resilient Communities. Register for the next session. Table sponsorships are available.

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FOJG Sierra Club April Program Meeting

Mosquitoes – Life Cycle, Habitat, Threats and Benefits
Wes Robertson works for Henrico County’s Engineering & Environmental Services Department, in their Standing Water Initiative, a program to reduce the possibility of mosquito transmitted disease such as West Nile virus, and reduce human discomfort associated with mosquitoes, mainly the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

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