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CVHR Monthly Meeting (June 5th)

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Topic: “From These Beginnings”: A Tribute to My Grandmother Sallie Elizabeth Johnson

Gloria Gilmore will show us a rich collection of family photographs as she speaks of her quest to understand her grandmother’s life and family.  Here she sets the stage for us:

A mother’s death just after emancipation separates her children to different regions—Sallie to Virginia and her two siblings to New Jersey.  What happened to Sallie?  What do we know about her education and marriage, and the family’s effort to raise and educate their family, establish a homestead, maintain the oral history, and instill faith and love for family and future generations?


** The African American Heritage Center is located in the Jefferson School City Center in Charlottesville, 233 Fourth St. NW.  There is plenty of parking.  It is on the second floor at the south end of the building.

CVHR monthly meeting (Nov 7): Blue Ridge Tunnel

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Mary Lyons and Paul Collinge will tell us how Irish miners, African Americans, and a French engineer built the longest mountain railroad tunnel in the world.  The Blue Ridge Railroad-Virginia Central Railroad project was built by Irish famine immigrants and enslaved men between 1850 and 1860.  They will show portions of Mary’s digital book Dark Passage: The Virginia Blue Ridge Tunnel and Mary will explain her recent discoveries about slave labor on the Albemarle County section of this massive public works enterprise.

This meeting will be held back at the Jefferson School!

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.

CVHR January Meeting (5th): 2012 Goals for our website/database

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

A get-to-grips with 2012 meeting. Updates on the NEH database project, fixing on ways to populate our website with non-database-related information we’ve gathered, and anything else you want to bring up. Come help chart a course for the year ahead.

Time: 4pm, Thursday

Location: 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.

March 3rd Meeting: Trouble the Water: Antislavery Activism in the Middle Potomac Region

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Deborah A. Lee, independent scholar and co-creator of the Virginia Emigrants to Liberia website, was a resident fellow last semester at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She will share with us what she is learning from her current project.

Between 1810 and 1865, on the eastern borderland of slavery and freedom, including parts of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, diverse activists worked together and separately to resist and gradually end slavery. These white and black men and women used sophisticated peaceful means—persuasion, law, philanthropy, colonization, and the underground railroad—to help thousands of individual bondspeople obtain freedom, fray the institution of slavery locally, and advance the movement nationally. This grassroots perspective sheds new light on the growing tensions over slavery in the East, the increasing difficulty of opposing the institution in the South, and the importance of African Americans from this region in the movement to end slavery in the United States.