Highlights, June 2013
Batteau Arriving in Scottsville (Photo by Lauren Turek)
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Batteau Night in Scottsville, 19 June 2013:
Do join us in Scottsville on Wednesday to see these wonderful boats and their enthusiastic crews in full costume. Scottsville Museum will be open on Batteau Day from 1-8 p.m. There will be food and craft vendors at Canal Basin Square on East Main Street, and live bands begin playing music there at 4:30 p.m. Visitors can also stroll along the nearby levee while waiting for the batteau to arrive. For more info on the Batteau Festival, please visitBatteau Festival.
Highlights, May 2013
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - 21st Annual Monacan Pow-wow, Elon, Virginia, 18-19 May:
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - HEXED, Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg, VA, 21 May - 24 August:
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Memorial Day in Scottsville, 27 May: Scottsville honors its men and women, who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, by decorating their graves at our local cemeteries. On this holiday, Scottsville Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come visit the Museum and see both our current exhibit, Where the River Bends, and a special exhibition entitled, The Picturesque James. This exhibition by Geraldine Kiefer is comprised of postcards and engravings of the James River from the 1870s through the 1920's. We hope to see you in Scottsville on Memorial Day!"
Highlights, April 2013
Visit with Former Interns Lauren Turek and Julie Schiff, 27 April 2013:
This past Saturday, Lauren Turek (photo left), Julie Schiff (photo right), and Connie Geary held a fun reunion in Charlottesville. Lauren and Julie researched and designed the Museum's current exhibit, Where the River Bends, during their 2009 Institute for Public History internships at the Museum. Connie served as their supervisor and exhibit production manager for the Museum, and as she phrases their partnership, "What a most inspiring experience to work with Lauren and Julie!" Several times a year since 2010, the three ladies meet to catch up on each other's accomplishments and to brainstorm on new exhibit projects. This past Saturday we met to celebrate Julie's upcoming graduation from the University of Virginia's Law School in May. Julie will be accepting an attorney position with a notable law firm in Birmingham, AL, and is excited to be practicing law while living near her beloved family. Congratulations, Julie, for your impressive academic career, and we wish you much success in your attorney career in Birmingham!
Lauren is a 2014 Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Virginia. She experienced an exciting year as she progressed on her research and writing of her dissertation entitled "To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelicals, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy, 1969-1994. Lauren's research trips have taken her to Guatemala, South Africa, the Carter and Reagan Presidential Libraries, and the Billy Graham Center Archives with more research trips planned this summer. Lauren has also presented papers on her dissertation research at the Annual Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History, Cambridge, MA; Northeastern University Annual Graduate History Conference, Boston, MA; Roger Williams University Conference on Religion and the State, Bristol, RI; and the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, Arlington,VA. And Lauren continues to support Scottsville Museum by helping UVA's Institute For Public History select talented student interns for our research projects. Thank you, Lauren, for your significant historical research and your inspiration to our Museum!
Scottsville Library Staff and Museum Discussions, 26 April 2013:
The Picturesque James Exhibition, 07 April 2013:
A Burgess Post Card of James River from the Exhibition
On Sunday, 07 April, Scottsville Museum reopened for the 2013 season at 2 pm with its featured exhibit, Where The River Bends. This exhibit tells Scottsville's story and its historical relationship with the James River from the Monacan Indian days, through the founding of the town, its batteau and canal eras, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the great floods, and recreation to our town's inhabitants.
As part of our opening day program, the Museum proudly hosted an exhibition entitled The Picturesque James. This exhibition by Geraldine Kiefer (shown at left) is comprised of postcards and engravings of the James River from the 1870s through the 1920's. Highlighted are picturesque ways of viewing the river from the excited and excitable landscape of the Civil War era through the less visually intense, calm, but equally marketable pastoral landscapes of "See America First", the era of tourism and exploration that occurred in the period of reconstruction and industrialization. Approximately 20 postcards and 10-15 engravings of towns along the James are included in this exhibition with a focus on the Scottsville area. Image types include farmlands, railroads, panoramas, and 'portraits' of specific buildings and locales.
Geraldine Wojno Kiefer, PhD, is an artist and art historian and an associate professor at Shenandoah University. She is currently on sabbatical as artist-in-residence at the Luce Center for the Arts at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her personal work, centering on maps and exploration based in Virginia and also in Hawaii, will be shown in one-person and dual shows in Akron, Ohio, and Richmmond, Virginia, during 2013.
Highlights, March 2013
Docent Reception, 17 March 2013:
Docents Cenie Re Sturm, Callie Bowers, Baxter Pitts, and Laura Keeton
Leanne Grove, Docent Coordinator for Scottsville Museum, hosted an appreciation reception for Museum docents at her Scottsville home on Sunday, March 17. A wonderful afternoon of friendship and museum discussion ensued. Leanne welcomed our newest docents: Laura Keeton, Graham Prichard, Marilyn and Bob Schwarz, Ron and Patti Smith, and our new substitute docents, Summer Chaffman and Stuart Munson. Reception attendees also had the opportunity to brush up on our docent opening and closing procedures and to learn about the special exhibition entitled The Picturesque James that the Museum will host from 7 April - 1 June 2013. . To see more fun photos from the docent reception, visit, Docents.
Each year over forty volunteers volunteer their time each month to serve as docents at the Museum. Our docents' donation of time allows the Museum to continue our free admission policy for the public from April through October each year. If you would like to become a Museum docent, please call Scottsville Museum (434-286-2247) or contact us via e-mail at: email@example.com.
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Highlights, February 2013
The President's Brother: Captain Randolph Jefferson of Buckingham County, Virginia by Joanne Yeck:
When someone learns I am investigating the life of Randolph Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's only brother, they inevitably want to know: "What was his relationship with the great man?" That question inspired The Jefferson Brothers (Slate River Press, 2012).
The Jefferson brothers were very different men, living very independently from each other. Randolph was younger by more than twelve years -- virtually a generation apart in Colonial America. Thomas spent much of his adult life away from central Virginia, whereas Randolph spent his entire life living and farming in Buckinghanm County, at the James River's Horseshoe Bend.
The early death of their father, Peter Jefferson, played a significant part in determining the separate lives of the brothers. As Randolph approached manhood, Thomas guided his education in the early 1770's. In 1776, Randolph inherited Peter Jefferson's distant Buckingham plandation, Snowden, isolating him from Shadwell, the Jefferson homeplace in Albemarle County, and Thomas' eventual home at Monticello. When Thomas Jefferson stepped onto the national and international stage, their lives diverged for decades. Then, during Thomas' retirement in the early 19th century, the two men resided within a day's journey of each other, relating as planters, as well as brothers. They had their extended family and farming in common. Their surviving correspondence primarily discusses this mundane world, providing a window into their mutuality, which includes the interconnected lives of several of their slaves.
For the full feature article by Joanne Yeck about the relationship between Randolph Jefferson of Snowden and his brother, Thomas Jefferson of Monticello, visitThe President's Brother.
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Highlights, January 2013
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Mosby Men, 20 January 2013:
On 20 January 2013 at 2 pm, Scottsville Museum is pleased to invite the public to a presentation by Eric Buckland on Mosby Men. Eric is the author of four books about the men who fought under the command of John Singleton Mosby during the Civil War. Mosby commanded the 43rd Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, during the war, a unit noted for its lightning strikes on Union targets, its role in disrupting federal communications and supply lines, and its ability to consistently elude pursuit. Several Scottsville men served under Mosby: Joseph R. Beal, George Walker Gilmer, Henry G. Gilmer, Zachariah Jones, and Luther Moon. Mosby's men melted into the civilian population until called to arms for a mission. Their speed and element of surprise allowed them to successfully strike much larger bodies of enemy troops then otherwise possible.
Mosby was the quintessential small-unit partisan leader. He earned a place in the U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame - no simple task when you consider that he earned his reputation fighting against troops from the United States Army. But no commander achieves greatness without superior soldiers carrying out his orders. Mosby was fortunate to have been surrounded by brave and intelligent men -- Eric's books tell their stories.
Eric Buckland retired from the U.S. Army in 1999 as a Lieutenant Colonel after a career largely spent in Special Forces. His interest in Mosby's Rangers began when he was a young boy and increased during his time in the military. Eric's first book, Mosby's Keydet Rangers, began as a tribute to both the Rangers and his youngest son, who was then a Rat at VMI. While working on that book, Eric constantly found bits and pieces of information on other Rangers (not affiliated with VMI), and all became the genesis for his next 3 Mosby Men books (Volumes I-III).
To learn more about Mosby Men, please attend Eric's presentation at Scottsville Museum on Sunday, 20 January 2013 at 2 pm. Copies of Eric's books will be available for purchase at the Museum. Admission is free!
Slate River Ramblings with Joanne Yeck, January 2013:
Joanne is busy posting about the history of Buckingham County and environs on her new blog, "Slate River Ramblings." Drop in. Subscribe - it's free! Join the conversation! Just follow this link to reach the Slate River Ramblings blog:slateriver.wordpress.com.
Highlights, December 2012
|Christmas in Scottsville, 2012:
As the 2012 holiday season unfolds, Scottsville Museum wishes to thank all of our volunteers for your support this year. Your generosity and continued support makes it possible for the Museum to maintain our buildings, build new historical exhibits, and develop and implement educational projects for local area students. We are most thankful to have you all on the Museum team. And may you be blessed by the warmth of family and friends at this beautiful time of year. Happy holidays to you, and we hope to see you at Scottsville Museum when we reopen in April 2013!
The 2012 Christmas season in Scottsville is filled with fun events:
December 1: Scottsville Festival of Lights, Victory Hall,
10 am - 8 pm. Christmas trees on display, a
decorated tree raffle, silent auction, and train
December 1: Scottsville Museum Open 4 - 8 pm.
December 1: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Canal Basin Square,
6 pm Join us for carols, Santa, and cocoa!
December 2: Scottsville Festival of Lights, Victory Hall, Noon - 8 pm.
December 8: Community Dinner at United Methodist Church, 5 pm.
December 8: Christmas Parade on Valley Street with Santa, 6 pm.
December 9: "Excerpts from the Nutcracker", Charlottesville Ballet,
Victory Hall, 3:30-4:30 pm.
Highlights, November 2012
|Museum's 2013 Membership Drive:
Our Museum has become an example of what a small town museum can accomplish. In order to continue the preservation and promotion of our local history, we need your help. Please renew your membership today for 2013. Even a $25 donation will help, but $50 will help twice as much. Thank you again for your continuing, generous support. You are our strength. For additional membership information, please visit Application.
The Jefferson Brothers, 04 November 2012: Scottsville Museum was pleased to invite the public to a book signing on Sunday, November 4, at 2 pm when Joanne Yeck, author of
The Jefferson Brothers, presented her book at the Museum. The Jefferson Brothers introduces Randolph Jefferson, Thomas
Jefferson's only brother, and brings him out from the shadow of his famous sibling, focusing on the years during which their paths crossed.
Over twelve years Randolph's senior, Thomas Jefferson stood in for the father his brother never knew, guiding his education and helping the
younger man establish himself as a successful planter in central Virginia. Particularly after Thomas Jefferson's retirement from the
political stage, the Jefferson brothers related as planters and slaveholders - Thomas at Monticello in Albemarle County and Randolph at
Snowden in Buckingham County, Virginia. Life at Snowden, during and after the American Revolution, illuminates not only Randolph
Jefferson's commonplace existence, but also the everyday world of planters in central Virginia. Additionally, The Jefferson
Brothers introduces a new Thomas Jefferson, not the great statesman of monumental intellect, but the thoughtful brother and dedicated farmer. Joanne Yeck was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies (2010) and her regional history,
At a Place Called Buckingham: Historic Sketches of Buckingham County, Virginia (Slate River Press), was published in
2011. She is also the author of numerous articles concerning Classic Hollywood and American Popular Culture, as well as co-author of
Movie Westerns (Lerner) and Our Movie Heritage (Rutgers University Press).
Scottsville Museum was pleased to invite the public to a book signing on Sunday, November 4, at 2 pm when Joanne Yeck, author of The Jefferson Brothers, presented her book at the Museum. The Jefferson Brothers introduces Randolph Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's only brother, and brings him out from the shadow of his famous sibling, focusing on the years during which their paths crossed. Over twelve years Randolph's senior, Thomas Jefferson stood in for the father his brother never knew, guiding his education and helping the younger man establish himself as a successful planter in central Virginia. Particularly after Thomas Jefferson's retirement from the political stage, the Jefferson brothers related as planters and slaveholders - Thomas at Monticello in Albemarle County and Randolph at Snowden in Buckingham County, Virginia. Life at Snowden, during and after the American Revolution, illuminates not only Randolph Jefferson's commonplace existence, but also the everyday world of planters in central Virginia. Additionally, The Jefferson Brothers introduces a new Thomas Jefferson, not the great statesman of monumental intellect, but the thoughtful brother and dedicated farmer.
Joanne Yeck was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies (2010) and her regional history, At a Place Called Buckingham: Historic Sketches of Buckingham County, Virginia (Slate River Press), was published in 2011. She is also the author of numerous articles concerning Classic Hollywood and American Popular Culture, as well as co-author of Movie Westerns (Lerner) and Our Movie Heritage (Rutgers University Press).
Highlights, October 2012
|MARK YOUR CALENDAR - The Blue Ridge Railroad Project, 17 October 2012:
The Clann Mhor Organization of researchers will present its lecture/slide show on the building of the tunnel that connected the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Shenandoah Valley. The presentation is a partnership with the Scottsville Community Chamber of Commerce and Scottsville Center for Arts & Nature. The lecture will be held at Victory Hall in downtown Scottsville on Wednesday, October 17th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the presentation is at 7:00 p.m.
The lecture will detail the construction of the railroad tunnel through Afton Mountain, a 19th century engineering feat. The labor force of Irish immigrants and slaves worked from both sides of the mountain using primitive tools to cut slowly through the solid rock. The James River in Scottsville was a conduit for tunnel supplies, and led to the construction of our own Irish Road and Plank Road. A donation of $7 per person to cover the costs of the presentation will be appreciated.
To learn more about Clann Mhor's research, visitClan Mohr: The Blue Ridge Railroad Project.
1856 daguerreotype of James Turner Barclay Family, 02 October 2012:
Highlights, September 2012
|Salute to Our Museum Interns, September 2012:
This month Scottsville Museum celebrated our twelfth anniversary in a most productive partnership with UVA's Institute For Public History (IPH). Each year, Dr. Phyllis Leffler of IPH works with the Museum to match her interns' interests and talents with public history projects on our to-do list. Thanks to the many contributions of these hard-working and talented interns from IPH, the Museum makes incredible progress each year on our history preservation goals. Our interns also learn a great deal about how their academic knowledge can be applied to local history challenges to benefit the general public. A wonderful bond forms between the Museum and our interns each summer, and this bond has withstood the test of time and distance. They keep in touch to learn what's new at the Museum and to share important news with us about their life's progress. We are so impressed with their academic and work accomplishments and want to share their good news with you. Here are photos and the latest news from eleven of the Museum's former interns:
First Row (L to R): Monica Shenouda; Jes Koepfler; Emily Kane; Anna Rakes Isley; Angela Nemecek.
Second Row (L to R): Gretchen Calcagni; Steve Knepper; Rob Manoso.
Third Row (L to R): Lauren Turek; Julie Schiff; Adam Robinson.
Monica Shenouda 2002-2003 Oral History Internships: In 2009, Monica completed her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture at UVA where she specialized in the Italian Renaissance period. Monica now lives in Florence, Italy, where she is a writer, and an art history professor at Accademia Italiana and for Pepperdine University. Monica also serves as a docent for Context Travel and organizes walking seminars for travelers in Florence, who are intellectually curious about the city's architecture, history, and art.
Jes Koepfler 2004 For Kids Web Development Internship: Jes is currently a doctoral candidate in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She also serves as a consultant at UXR Consulting. This past week, Jes attended a seminar with five other doctoral students at the University of California - Irvine to better understand the values (privacy, freedom from bias, security, community, etc.) arising out of and being built into technology. To see photos of Jes and learn more about her recent UCI workshop, visit UCI Workshop Explores Friendlier Technology.
Emily Kane, 2004 Oral History Internship: Emily graduated from the University of Georgia with a doctorate in English in 2011 and taught at the University until July 2012. She currently serves as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Anna (Rakes) Isley, 2005 Museum in a Trunk Internship: Anna is a third-grade teacher at Charlottesville's Burnley-Moran Elementary School. Anna's innovative and highly-regarded writing program for her students was highlighted in Charlottesville's Daily Progress on 08 April 2012. To learn more, visit City Third-graders Explore Writing With Aspiring Teachers in Indiana.
Angela Nemecek, 2005-2006 Oral History Internships: Angela was awarded a PhD in English at UVA in August 2012 and is currently the Project Manager for the Little Red Schoolhouse, an online learning and reference tool for writers and editors. This digital learning environment is in development at the University of Virginia and based on the Little Red Schoolhouse materials first created at the University of Chicago. To learn more, visit Red Schoolhouse
Gretchen Calcagni, 2006 Internship to Record Scottsville Gravestone Inscriptions: Gretchen graduated from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology. In 2012, she is a working on a Master's degree in Public Policy at Duke University in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
Steve Knepper, 2007 World War II Oral History Internship: Steve received his Master's in English at UVA and is currently a PhD candidate in English at UVA. Steve is also English Department Chair at Miller School of Albemarle where he teaches English and AP language and composition and coaches Girls Volleyball. To learn more about Steve's work at Miller School, visit Steve Knepper.
Rob Manoso, 2007 Internship to Record Scottsville Gravestone Inscriptions: Rob graduated from the UVA Law School with a Juris Doctorate in May 2012. Rob is currently employed by the Honorable Thomas Varlan, Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District in Knoxville, TN.
Lauren Turek, 2009 Scottsville and the River Exhibit Development Internship: This summer, Lauren completed some exciting historical research on her doctoral thesis for UVA's Corcoran Department of History. Her dissertation is entitled "To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelicals, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1969-1994." In June 2012, Lauren traveled to Guatemala to examine evangelical involvement in Guatemala after the 1976 earthquake. Then Lauren journeyed to South Africa to research the 1982 rise to power of evangelical dictator, Rios Montt, in South Africa's late apartheid-era. To learn more about Lauren's fascinating historical research, please visit Lauren Turek.
Julie Schiff, 2009 Scottsville and the River Exhibit Development Internship: After graduating from UVA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in May 2010, Julie was awarded a scholarship to attend the UVA Law School where she will graduate in 2013. To learn more about Julie's contributions to UVA and Scottsville Museum, visit Julie Schiff
Adam Robinson, 2011, Why the River Bends Exhibit Development Internship: Adam's internship work resulted in a well-received geology exhibit currently on display at the Museum that explains why Scottsville became a transportation center on the James River's horseshoe bend. His geology research for this exhibit also became the topic of his Master of Science thesis in Environmental Science at UVA which he successfully defended in August 2012 and was awarded his degree. Adam currently resides in Richmond where he will soon begin his pursuit of a degree in Dentistry.
Highlights, August 2012
Sydney Morgan Completes Internship, August 2012:
Among the ledgers Sydney processed and researched was the 1846-1863 ledger belonging to Robert Rives' South Warren Estate, a plantation near present-day Warren, VA. Rives (1798-1869) was born in Nelson County, VA, and represented Nelson County VA, in the House of Delegates from 1823-1829. After his service in the House of Delegates, Rives moved to Albemarle County and was one of the wealthiest men in Virginia before the Civil War began. He owned land in both Nelson and Albemarle counties but lost most of his fortune during the Civil War. Sydney discovered that Rives' South Warren Estate produced fodder, rails and posts from his forests, tobacco, wheat, and corn, which were shipped to market via the nearby James River and Kanawha Canal. Similarly, many of the products needed by the Rives plantation were shipped by the canal from Richmond markets and included farm equipment, Peruvian guano to fertilize his fields, and manufactured goods such as shoes. As part of her collections finding aid, Sydney also recorded the names of Negroes written in Rives' ledger, who worked at the South Warren Estate.
Sydney's collections finding aid for Rives' South Warren Estate ledger will be used by Museum staff and historical researchers of commerce in Virginia during the 19th century. To see Sydney's finding aid for this Rives ledger, visit Rives Ledger, 1846-1863. If more detailed information on these transactions are desired, researchers may e-mail Scottsville Museum (firstname.lastname@example.org) and arrange an appointment to review digital images of the original ledger pages at the Museum. Thank you, Sydney, for your wonderful work for the Museum during your internship!
Highlights, July 2012
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Yesterday's Trains Across the Commonwealth, 22 July 2012:
Museum in a Trunk Visits Effort Baptist Kids, 06 July:
For additional photos of the Effort Baptist kids actively engaged in their Civil War studies with our Trunk artifacts, visit Effort Kids' Camp.
Independence Day in Scottsville, 04 July 2012:
After the parade, refreshments and amusements will be available all day at Dorrier Park. At 3 p.m., the Lazy Lighting Blues Band perform at Victory Hall Theatre with special guest, Robert Bonacolta, who is the touring drummer with Arlo Guthrie. At 5:45 p.m., parade awards will be announced at Dorrier Park followed by music by the James River Cut-ups at 7 p.m. The annual fireworks display in Scottsville begins at dusk at Dorrier Park.
The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on 4 July. Do plan to come to Scottsville and
join this annual and very fun celebration of our country's independence!
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Letterboxing in Scottsville:
The idea came to the United States in 1998 when the Smithsonian Magazine published an article on the Dartmoor letterboxes. Letterboxes began to be placed in interesting places all over the U.S. They are hidden on public land in places that will not upset the natural features of the area. They are hidden well enough so that common passersby will not discover the box.
Five letterboxes have been hidden around Scottsville: three by Cathy Tyler of Letterboxing North America and two by Scottsville Museum. Clues to locate each letterbox are available on the Museum's web site at Letterboxing. Anyone can take this list of clues and, armed with a rubber stamp, pen, and an ink pad, walk through Scottsville on a letterbox adventure. When a letterboxer finds a box, he/she stamps the box's guest book and writes a message. Shown at right is a recent entry in the Barclay guest book from the Girl Guides of College Park, MD. The letterboxer then uses the rubber stamp in the letterbox to stamp his/her own notebook. Each letterboxer also learns a little bit about the history of each Scottsville letterbox location. We encourage history adventurers of all age to come find Scottsville's letterboxes. Just click on the Letterboxing link above, print out the clues and come have some history fun!
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