Chesterfield Historical Society to present 5th annual Winter Lecture Series

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) will present its fifth annual “Winter Lecture Series” in Chesterfield, starting on Jan. 13 and continuing every second Friday evening at 7 p.m. through Mar. 23, 2012.

The first lecture on Friday, Jan. 13, will be presented by author and historic impersonator William Young who will portray Captain John Paul Jones of the Continental Navy in a talk entitled, “I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight!”  Mr. Young tells the story of the sea battle in 1779 between the Bonhomme Richard and the Serapis, a battle unlike any other fought before or since.  Jones won the battle against overwhelming odds by sheer nerve.  The talk also includes anecdotes from the life of Jones before and after his famous battle.

On Friday, Jan. 27, author and registered U.S. patent agent Jack Knight will speak on “The Story of the Confederate States Patent Office and its Inventors.” Mr. Knight is the author of Confederate Invention as well as Patent Strategy for Researchers and Research Managers.

The third lecture, on Friday, Feb. 10, entitled, “The Lower Appomattox River at Chesterfield’s Southern Border,” will be presented by Ben Uzel, president of the Colonial Heights Historical Society. Mr. Uzel is also a member of the steering committee of the Colonial Heights Appomattox River Trail System as well as Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR).

“The 1862 Battle of Drewry’s Bluff” is the topic of the lecture on Friday, Feb. 24, to be addressed by Sam Craghead, public relations specialist at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond.  This lecture is part of CHSV’s 150th (Sesquicentennial) commemoration of the Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation which will run from 2012 through 2015.

On Friday, Mar. 9, the focus shifts to an earlier era with a lecture entitled, “The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail,” by Cindy Chance, National Park Service management assistant at the Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis, Maryland. Authorized by Congress in 2006, this historic trail is America’s first national water trail.

The sixth and final lecture will be presented on Friday, Mar. 23 by author and historian Connie Lapallo.  Entitled, “Women and Children, Survival at Jamestowne,”  it is based on the true story of the women and children who survived the ‘Starving Time’ at Colonial Jamestown.  Ms. Lapallo is the author of Dark Enough to see the Stars in a Jamestown Sky and its sequel When the Moon has no more Silver.

The 5th annual CHSV “Winter Lecture Series” will take place in the Community Hall at Lucy Corr Village, 6800 Lucy Corr Boulevard, in Chesterfield.  The lectures are free to members of CHSV, $5 for non-members.  Reservations are recommended, please call (804)796-7003.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, serves as the center  for Chesterfield County history.  Established in 1981, its mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county’s unique past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.  For more information or to volunteer, please visit


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