Thursday, February 28, 2008

Historic Prince William County

Historic Prince William, in partnership with the Prince William County Public Schools, will host a local history forum highlighting recent primary research and offering field trips.

Forum will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at Forest Park High School near Dumfries (15721 Forest Park Dr. Woodbridge, VA 22193). There is no cost to attend. The now-annual Virginia Forum was the inspiration for this county-specific event. Both forums offer an opportunity for exchanges of ideas among scholars, teachers, archivists, librarians, museum curators, and all those interested in Virginia history, environment, and culture.

Keynote speaker will be Virginia historian Brent Tartar from the Library of Virginia, talking about "Billys, Botts, and Brents: Prince William as the Center of the World." He is author of numerous publications, one of the editors of the ever-expanding Dictionary of Virginia Biography, and "wise sage" on this VA-HIST listserver.

Free registration at Forest Park High School starts at 8:15am on March 8. Morning talks and panel presentations will run from 9:00am-11:30am. Local museums and organizations will offer displays in the lobby throughout the program.Morning topics include:

  • Slavery and Slave Holding in Prince William County: A comparison between 1810 and 1860
  • The History of Ownership at LaGrange
  • From the Courthouse to the Web: Digitizing the Prince William County Chancery Records
  • Elk Run Anglican Church Site Project: Uncovering a 250-year old Church Site
  • Buckland: Prince William County's First Inland Port
  • "It Ain't Necessarily So:" "The Shelter" and the discrepancies between family lore and public record
  • Moor Green: Discovering the Past & Preserving for the Future
  • Teaching about Prince William County HistoryAfter lunch (provided at no cost), the afternoon will be dedicated to historical tours of Liberia and the Manassas Museum.
Buses will return everyone to Forest Park High School by 3:30pm.

For more information, please see Charlie Grymescgrymes@gmu.edu703.577.1740

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