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CVHR Meeting (Jan. 5, 2017): Two presentations on 18th century freedom suits and 20th century photography

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

The Fragility of Freedom: Kinney Family Freedom Suits in Virginia and Missouri

Bob Vernon’s presentation is a postscript to his 2013 presentation on the Kinney family and 18th century freedom suits.  He will review Kinney family history, with a focus on Thornton Kinney (born about 1811), a son of Amy Kinney, who received her liberty through a 1798 freedom suit in Louisa County.  It is a fascinating story that will cover Thornton’s life, emigration to Liberia, return to America, enslavement in Missouri, and more.

Hopes and Dreams in the Albert Durant Photography Collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

A briefer presentation by Amy Speckart.  In 1991, a vice president of Colonial Williamsburg came across a collection of photographs taken by Williamsburg resident, Albert Durant, at a garage sale. Though outside the normal parameters of acquisition, Colonial Williamsburg acquired thousands of photographs by the part-time photographer, most of them from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Durant’s photographs are a record of a segregated Williamsburg, but beyond this, what meaning is there in the photographs of everyday events, such as church meetings and high school proms? Durant’s legal studies later in life give us an opening to explore the complexities of citizenship and community in a place that, like Monticello, claimed importance in America’s heritage.

Time and Location: 4 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC), 233 Fourth St. NW, Charlottesville, VA.  There is plenty of parking.  The JSAAHC is on the second floor at the south end of the building.

CVHR Meeting (August): No August meeting

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

CVHR Meeting (July 7): Summer Insights

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

This meeting was lightly attended, but we had a good discussion, mostly about the CVHR web presence and how to improve it.  We need a “vision” for the website (and thus an estimate of cost) before we can seek funding sources.  In the meantime, some of us are working on ways to bring the website up to date in the short term.  All ideas are welcome. 

CVHR Monthly Meeting (July): Share Your Thoughts and Discoveries: a Roundtable Discussion

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

This is an open meeting (July 10, 2014), with no speaker.  If you have a topic you want to put on the agenda for discussion, let me know before the meeting.  Also, this is an opportunity for short reports (5 minutes or so) on discoveries you have made, research avenues you’re pursuing, things you want to share.  This also provides a chance for you to ask questions that regular meetings didn’t allow for.

I’d like us to discuss how CVHR can best participate in the several Albemarle County projects that intersect with our activities, like the African American Heritage Trail, the post-Bypass interpretive plan for Hydraulic-Union Ridge, and current initiatives of the Parks department.  Other topics include: ideas for future speakers; strategies forCVHR’s future, including website and database; and new ways to share what we have learned.

CVHR Meeting (Oct. 3): Gleanings from the Union Ridge Research (at KENWOOD)

Monday, September 30th, 2013

After all the attention focused on the Sammons cemetery and homestead, we thought it would be a good idea to feature some of Jesse Sammons’s neighbors in the Hydraulic-Union Ridge-Cartersburg area.  Cinder Stanton and Alice Cannon will report on preliminary findings about some of the people of the community—their locations in slavery, their post-Civil War land acquisition, their brushes with the law, and their experiences trying to stem the tide of Jim Crow.  Gayle Schulman will introduce a new project related to the Civil War.  And we hope to have some discussion of ways to make CVHR research accessible.


4pm – Thursday, October 3 at Kenwood / The Jefferson Library

**The Jefferson Library is located on Route 53, almost half a mile past the Monticello entrance, if you’re coming from Charlottesville. Turn right at the white gateposts (an oval sign mentions Kenwood and the Jefferson Library). Park in the first lots you come to and walk uphill to the Library, the large building at the top of the circle.

CVHR Meeting (April 4): Bleak House Biographies

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Alice Cannon will talk about what she learned as she followed the paths after Emancipation of all the people who were enslaved at Bleak House, the James B. Rogers plantation near Earlysville: where they went, how they supported each other, what they and their children went on to do. She will particularly focus on the story of the Woodfolk and Whipps families and the Evans family: who stayed, who left, and how did they remained connected?

Kenwood Library, Monticello

4pm, the first Thursday of most months.

CVHR meeting (Nov 7): The Scott-Cox-Jackson Family of Charlottesville

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Brenda Desobry will tell us what she has heard about her great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Scott and her great-grandmother Nannie Cox Jackson, a noted educator in Charlottesville. The stories passed down through this family are remarkably detailed and consistent. They are also, as research discoveries of Gayle Schulman, Sam Towler and others have shown, remarkably accurate. Cinder Stanton will summarize some of these connections between oral history and the documentary record.

Mysteries still remain, however, so come help solve them. What is the nature of the Monticello connection? Why did Robert Scott (who married Elizabeth Scott’s mother, Nancy) apparently free only one of his children? And Brenda is particularly eager to know more about the Indian connection and her ancestor Nancy Redcross.

CVHR Meeting May (3): Family History (Edwina St. Rose) and Morven Archaeology (Steve Thompson)

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Edwina will tell “Emma’s Story,” about discovering her mother’s Charlottesville roots (aka “How W L met Harriet”). She says she has become hopelessly addicted to researching her mother’s paternal and maternal ancestry, adding to the family tree, and learning about the social interactions of Charlottesville’s African-American families in the late 19th Century.

Steve will give an overview of archaeological research at Morven since 2009: its goals, results, and potential next steps. This will include reference to salient aspects of the history of this estate near Ash Lawn-Highland that once belonged to Jefferson’s friend William Short, local merchant David Higginbotham, and others.

CVHR April Meeting (5th): Gayle Schulman and Bob Vernon (and Tinsley family members)

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Next meeting of Central Virginia History Researchers: Thursday, April 5, 4 PM, at the Jefferson Library

Gayle will tell us about seven persons of color born in Charlottesville/Albemarle between 1862 and 1882 who went on to become physicians. She is exploring their local roots as well as their professional careers. One of the doctors married a woman from Newaygo, Michigan (she says, Check it out on a map!). Gayle is also interested in knowing if and how their stories should be made available to others.

Bob will talk about his work on the Tinsley family of Louisa County. He will use Wilson and Marcia Tinsley, owned by two different Green Springs residents, as an example of an ‘abroad’ marriage and a springboard to using historical sources to understand the nature and extent of such marriages in central Virginia. He has asked members of the Tinsley family to come to the meeting to share their photographs and stories.

CVHR February Meeting (2nd): Visualizing Emancipation (Dr. Scott Nesbit, University of Richmond)

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Scott Nesbit will talk about two attempts to use online visualization to gain a better understanding of the history of emancipation.  ”Marriage & Migration,” is a map of the cohabitation records in Virginia and was published to accompany an essay in the journal Southern Spaces. Visualizing Emancipation, to be released in February 2012, is an attempt to harvest and organize a large amount of information from the Official Records and other sources on where and when black southerners became free during the U.S. Civil War.  He especially looks forward to thinking about the ways in which such projects could foster conversation and collaboration with local historians.

CVHR meets at 4pm on Thursday, February 2nd in the Kenwood Library at Monticello.