Thursday, January 29, 2015

Winter Programs at PWCo Historic Sites

January 29
Lecture:  Mission to Tokyo
7pm: Free, donations accepted
Author and Historian Robert F. Dorr will speak about the experiences of American airmen in the Pacific and his own experience researching and writing about them. The talk is drawn from his book, "Mission to Tokyo," a character-driven, Stephen Ambrose-style history of B-29 Superfortress bomber crews and their leaders in World War II. Bob says he has some new insights into the final months of the allies' war against Japan, including the March 10, 1945, firebombing of the Japanese capital and the bombing of Hiroshima. Bob's presentation includes real-life characters as diverse as Curtis LeMay and Yoko Ono, and even a couple of little-known facts about the Pentagon.
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee St., Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754

February 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28
Lucasville School Open Weekends
11am- 4pm: Free, donations accepted
Visit a reconstructed 19th century school used by the community of Lucasville.  Learn surprising facts of African American history in Prince William County and throughout the Northern Virginia region.
Lucasville School 10516 Godwin Dr., Manassas, Va, 703-365-7895

February 21                                                                                                                                                                                  
Up from Slavery: The African American Experience at Ben Lomond                                                  
11am-4pm; $5 per person, children 6 and under free                                                            
Ben Lomond Historic Site is proud to present special guided tours and living history presentations in recognition of African American History month. Visitors can explore the historic home and the original slave quarter to learn about the enslaved population living at Ben Lomond in the years before the Civil War. Renowned slave interpreter Marion Dobbins will give a riveting first person performance on the life of a female slave.     
Ben Lomond Historic Site, 10321 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 703-367-7872

February 26
Lecture:  Air Cav Reminiscences of a Vietnam Veteran
7pm: Free, donations accepted
In commemoration of both Black History Month, and the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, join us for a unique look at the war in Vietnam as told by Mr. John Davis, US Army retired, an African-American soldier who served in D Troop 3rd squadron 5th Cavalry which was a reconnaissance branch of the 9th Infantry Division. Air Cav was a new concept during the Vietnam War.  John will recount his experiences while “in country”   
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754

Looking Ahead

March 21-22
Lee’s Retreat to Appomattox – Two Day Bus Tour
$350 per person (inquire on double occupancy rates), two lunches, one dinner, and hotel room included in price, reservations required
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, this tour will follow in the footsteps of Lee and Grant’s armies from Petersburg to Appomattox.  Participants will get a behind the scenes view into one of America’s biggest dramas and see where our nation was reunited.  Tour will include admission to Petersburg National Battlefield Park, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park, Appomattox National Historic Park, Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox and various other stops along the retreat route.  Tour includes transportation, all meals and overnight lodging. 
For reservations, call Ben Lomond Historic Site at 703-367-7872

May 16
After the War Symposium:  A One Day Symposium on the Effects of the Civil War          
9am-5pm; $10 per person, reservations required
This one day symposium will look into the end of the Civil War and the effects of the war on the nation.  Topics include the surrender of the Confederate armies, Freedmen’s Bureau, women during Reconstruction, post war effects on soldiers and Civil War memory.  Speakers will include Robert Dunkerly, Dr. Jane Censer, John Coski, Emmanuel Dabney, John Hennessy and George Wunderlich.  Symposium is co-sponsored by the Prince William County, City of Manassas, Prince William County Historic Commission and Historic Prince William.  Symposium will take place at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas, VA
For reservations, call the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division office at 703-792-4754

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