Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Civil War Lecture Series; Deadline to Register for June 12 Primary


York Historical Committee announces Civil War lecture series
May 14, 2012
     The York County Historical Committee is hosting a Civil War lecture series designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in York County. 
     The Historical Committee is a group of volunteer citizens who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Its mission is to document, celebrate, and perpetuate York County's historical importance, and to keep alive the traditions which formed the foundations of America's heritage.   The following series of lectures is free and open to the public. All lectures will be presented in York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, and will begin at 3 p.m. Lectures are approximately one hour in length.
  • May 20 – "The Peninsula Campaign." J. Michael Moore, Historian and Curator at Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation, will lecture on many well-known and not-so-well-known facts about the Peninsula Campaign and why it failed to end the war in the spring of 1862.  
  • June 10 – "The War Comes to Ship Point." Frank Green, local historian and President of the York County Historical Society, will lecture on how the Civil War affected the Dare Community, with specific emphasis on Ship Point.
  • July 15 – "York County's Brave Men of the Civil War." Tim Smith, local historian and professional actor, will share photos and stories of York County residents who served during the War, many who made the ultimate sacrifice. Mr. Smith has conducted research on all of the soldier's names who appear on the York County War Memorial and was instrumental in having the monument created.
  • Aug. 19 – "The Yorktown-Hampton Halfway House in Tabb." Over the last 18 years, Robert Emerson, a local historian, has researched the history of Tabb. Recently, Mr. Emerson combined some of his published articles with other unpublished information in a book titled, "Tabb in Retrospect." The chapters on the Halfway House and the Civil War form the core of the book and the basis of Mr. Emerson's presentation. 
  • Sept. 16 – "Union Army Census of the Colored Population of York County, March 1865." Local historian and retired York County educator Russell Hopson will follow some of the contraband families as they began new chapters in their lives after the Civil War. Mr. Hopson is a long-time supporter of and speaker at numerous York County Black History Celebrations. 
  • Oct. 21 – "Medical Problems on the Peninsula." Author, historian and historical interpreter T. A. "Doc" Wheat will talk about the Confederate troops who initially defended Yorktown and the "deadly enemy" they encountered.
  • Nov. 4 - A Prelude to "Kiss My Little Girls – 1861." Jeff Toalson, historian and author of three Civil War-era books, will provide some special insight into his research and how he came to know the intriguing story of Richard and Mary Watkins. Richard Watkins, Prince Edward County lawyer and former Confederate cavalry captain (portrayed by Mr. Toalson), will join us for a visit on the front porch and recall stories of the conflict. 
  • Dec. 16 – "The Civil War - A Woman's Cause." Local historian and historical interpreter Sharleen Leigh West-Carr will provide insights into the role of women during the war. Ms. West-Carr is currently the chairman of the North-South Skirmish Association Costume Committee and makes Civil War period clothing.
     For more information about this Civil War lecture series, or information on how to volunteer with the Historical Committee or the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, please call 757-890-3508 or visit www.yorkcountyhistoricalcommittee.org.
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May 21 is last day to register for the June 12 Republican Primary

The last day to register to vote in the June 12 Republican Primary is Monday, May 21. All York County polling places will be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Sample ballots are also available at yorkcounty.gov/voting.
The Constitution of Virginia requires that residents be registered in the precinct in which they live in order to be qualified to vote. Qualified residents who will be 18 years old on or before Nov. 6 may register to vote in this election.
Registered voters who need to change their address may do so by completing, signing, and submitting a voter registration application or their voter card. The deadline to change registration information is also Monday, May 21. If a registered voter's address has changed, the voter should update his/her address to ensure he/she remains qualified to vote.
Any qualified resident of Virginia may apply to register to vote or to update their registration information at the places and times listed below: 
1.      Voter Registrar's Office, 224 Ballard St., Yorktown, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2.      Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd., Tabb; Yorktown Library, 8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown (registration is available during library hours; May 21 library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
3.      Griffin-Yeates Center, 1490 Gov't Rd., Williamsburg, Mon.-Fri., 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applications and updated information may also be mailed to the Registrar's Office, P.O. Box 451, Yorktown, VA 23690.
If residents complete a registration application provided by a voter registration drive, they should contact the Registrar's Office to ensure that their application was received.
The Registrar's website contains registration applications, polling place locations, district information, absentee ballot information, and contact information.
Absentee voting is available for those who will be out of their precinct on June 12, those who are unable to go to their polling place because of an illness or disability, and those who otherwise qualify to vote an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply to vote absentee by mail, email, or fax is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5. The deadline to apply to vote absentee in person is 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9.  
In order to accommodate those who wish to vote absentee in person, the Registrar's Office will be open Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The law permits emergency absentee voting in a few, very limited situations until 2 p.m. on Monday, June 11. For more information, call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440.
Any voter age 65 or older or physically disabled may request a ballot from an officer of election outside the polling place but within 150 feet of the entrance to the polling place. On June 12, persons who fit these qualifications and who wish to vote outside the polling place can call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440, and we will alert the polling place that a voter who wishes to vote outside the polling place will be arriving.
Unofficial statewide election results – including York County election results – will be available on the State Board of Elections Web site at www.sbe.virginia.gov as they are reported after the polls close on June 12. 
For additional information, please call the Registrar's Office at 890-3440 or visit the website, www.yorkcounty.gov/voting.

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