Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hunt for Magruder History to be held May 5

The fourth in the series of York County Hunt for History events will be held Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Magruder Elementary School, 700 Penniman Road, in Williamsburg.
The event will feature:
  *Exhibits by various history-related organizations, including genealogical research groups
  *Slide-shows of historic York County photos
       --Historian and Author, Ms. Martha McCartney, will conduct a presentation on the history of upper York County, including Magruder, Camp Peary, Cheatham Annex, and the Naval Weapons Station.
       --Mr. J. Michael Moore, Curator at Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation, will speak on the Peninsula Campaign during the Civil War.
       --Ms. Bethany Austin, Hampton History Museum, will instruct participants on how to best care for and preserve important family papers and photographs for future generations.
    *Showing of "Virginia in the Civil War:  A Sesquicentennial Remembrance," a film series produced by the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
    *Children's activities
Archivists from the York County Historical Museum will be available to digitally copy family letters, photos, diaries, hand-drawn maps and other family documents of historical significance. They will also photograph three-dimensional objects/items of historical significance. Items should be originals and owned by the individual presenting the materials.
The event is in cooperation with Virginia's Civil War 150 Legacy Project, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by identifying and recording previously unknown Civil War-era documents. Though Virginia is focusing primarily on the Civil War, the York County Historical Museum is seeking to document historically significant items from any era of York County's history. This particular event is also one of numerous events being held this weekend to commemorate the 1862 Battle of Williamsburg.
Hunts for York County's History are planned by the York County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 757-890-3500 or visit www.yorkcounty.gov/ychm.


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