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Purchase Your 20th Annual Spirit Walk Tickets!


Location: Oakwood Cemetery & Court Square - Charlottesville, VA

Date: October 24th - 26th

Cost: $12 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under (please call the 434-296-1492 for inquires for large group discounts)


Spirit Walk Tickets go on sale September 15!

As the air begins to cool and the trees shed their leaves, the spirits of former citizens of Charlottesville and Albemarle County gather one last time before consigning themselves to the earth for the long, cold winter. Join the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society on its 20th Annual Spirit Walk to meet these memorable residents from our community's past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you.

On Friday, October 24th, and Sunday, October 26th, meet former residents who now rest in Charlottesville's Oakwood Cemetery. Officially opened in 1864, Oakwood houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten.

Step back in time as you are guided through Charlottesville's historic Court Square on Saturday, October 25th. Included in this tour is the courtroom trial of Stuart Bailey who was accused of killing his brother-in-law, City Treasurer John Walters. Please note this tour starts at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Building

Dates/Times:
Friday, October 24th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)
Saturday, October 25th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm (Court Square)
Sunday, October 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm (Oakwood Cemetery)


Tours depart every 15 minutes and last approximately 1.25 hrs. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to Oakwood Cemetery.

Tickets can be purchased below or by phone at (434) 296-1492. Large groups are encouraged to make reservations by phone. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Online ticket sales will close the day of the event at noon. Please note no refunds will be given

If you have questions, please email Caroline Ross at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


To purchase your tickets, please click below on the date you wish to attend. You will be taken to the Eventbrite website to purchase your tickets.

Eventbrite - 20th Annual Spirit Walk - Oakwood Cemetery (10/24/2014)

Eventbrite - 20th Annual Spirit Walk - Court Square (10/25/2014)

Eventbrite - 20th Annual Spirit Walk - Oakwood Cemetery (10/26/2014)

Additional Info:
The Spirit Walk is a fundraiser that supports the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to promote an appreciation of local history so that the past may shed light on the present and the future.

Map:

Oakwood Cemetery tours will begin at the entrance on Oak Street.

Court Square tours will begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, 200 Second St. NE Charlottesville, VA 22902.


Top Endangered Places Nominations


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Date: Deadline: November 7, 2014

Historic buildings and sites contribute significantly to the heritage and vitality of Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. Yet each day these resources face a variety of challenges, including lack of funding, deferred maintenance, neglect, incompatible development, and demolition.

To draw attention to these historically, culturally, and architecturally significant places that may be threatened, ACHS is taking an important initial step by establishing an annual list of "Top Endangered Places" within the community. The goal is to raise awareness of preservation issues and help facilitate solutions. Please consider nominating an endangered place.

If you have any questions, please email Steven Meeks at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Endangered Place Criteria:
1. Endangerment by the following: owner neglect, proposed demolition, re-zoning, redevelopment, and/or other human or environmental factors.
2. Building or site must be located within the boundaries of Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville.

Rules for Submission:
1. Provide a written summary that includes:
   a. Owner's name
   b. Property address
   c. The historic, cultural, or architectural significance of the site
   d. Description of the threat facing the site
   e. Immediacy of threat
   f. Suggestions on what actions are need to alleviate the threat
   g. Supporting documentation: press clippings, and other research materials (if any)
   h. Photographic documentation
3. Entries must be bound in a binder or folder. No loose paper will be accepted.
4. Deadline: November 7, 2014, by 5:00 pm
   a. Entries must be mailed or hand delivered to ACHS, Attn: Steven G. Meeks, 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Preservation Award


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The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society invites members of the community to nominate potential recipients for the ACHS Annual Preservation Award. ACHS recognizes that there are many restoration, renovation, and conservation projects completed annually in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville and would like to recognize and celebrate a preservation project with this award. Please consider nominating individuals, organizations, or agencies whose projects demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.

If you have any questions, please email Steven Meeks at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project Criteria:
1. The project must be located within the boundaries of Albemarle County or the City of Charlottesville.
2. The project must have been completed between September 2013 and July 2014.
3. Not-for-profit organizations whose mission is preservation or restoration in any of these categories are eligible.
4. Individual private residences not open to the public are ineligible for the Preservation Award.
5. There are no size limitations - nominations for large and small projects are encouraged.

Rules for Submission:
1. Provide a written narrative that includes in the following order:
   a. Project location
   b. Who undertook the project
   c. The significance of the site
   d. Challenges faced
   e. Impact of the overall project to community
   f. Supporting documentation: drawings, press clippings, and other research materials (if any)
   g. Photographic documentation
2. Entries must be bound in a binder or folder. No loose paper will be accepted.
3. Deadline: September 30, 2014, by 5:00 pm
   a. Entries must be mailed or hand delivered to ACHS, Attn: Steven G. Meeks, 200 Second Street, NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Historical Walking Tours


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Date: Please see tour schedule

Cost: $5.00/person


Charlottesville and Albemarle County boast an unusually rich and striking history. Built over a period of 250 years by many thousands of men and women--well known and unknown, remarkable and ordinary-who called Charlottesville home. Their history and the history of this area have been preserved in the structures and monuments that give Charlottesville its character. Learn about these men and women and the houses, storefronts, schools, places of worship, public buildings, and cemeteries in which they passed their lives. Attend one of the Historic Walking Tours with a knowledgeable ACHS guide. Tours start April 12th and run through October 19.

The Saturday, September 20th Downtown Mall Tour has been canceled. The last ACHS Walking Tours will be on Saturday, October 18th. Group tours can be scheduled after this date with 48 hours notice by contacting ACHS at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Tours are $5/person. Tickets are available online at or can be purchased at the start of the tour. Please note when buying a ticket online no dates or times will be listed. Please select a tour and bring your receipt with you. NO REFUNDS






September 2014 Tour Options







COURT SQUARE WALKING TOUR
Join ACHS for a stroll around the Court Square familiar to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Learn about the early years of Charlottesville, its citizens, businesses and buildings. Tours will begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902).

September Schedule:
Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am
Sundays: 2:00 pm

October Schedule:
Fridays: 5:30 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am

DOWNTOWN MALL WALKING TOUR
Join ACHS on an exploration of the pedestrian mall looks at the architecture and traces the emergence of Charlottesville in the early 1900's as a commercial center.Tours will begin at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (200 Second Street, NE Charlottesville, VA 22902).

September and October Schedule: Saturdays at 11:30 am
The Saturday, September 20 tour has been canceled.

CEMETERY TOURS
Please note no Cemetery Tours will take place in October; please check back for Special Cemetery Tours in November, January, February, and March!

RIVERVIEW CEMETERY TOURS
Join ACHS on a tour of Riverview Cemetery, the only privately-owned cemetery to lie within the boundaries of the City of Charlottesville.Tour begins at the entrance in Riverview Cemetery

Saturday, September 27 @ 10 am

Riverview Cemetery Map

Additional Info:
For more information or questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 434-296-1492 (M-F 9:00 am - 4:30 pm). Please note - NO REFUNDS.




Moore Fund Award


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Rules for Submissions:
1. All submissions must be original to the contributor and never before published in any similar form, or under simultaneous consideration by another publication. The author(s) will sign a statement granting publication rights to ACHS.
2. Submissions must rely to the extent possible on primary sources rather than published works.*
3. The inclusion of images with article publication is strongly encouraged. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from proper authori-ties to reproduce any images.
4. Most manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words. Sharply focused items of 500 - 1500 words are invited. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with a traditional font, size 12. Endnotes should be used, and all references will follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
5. All manuscripts will be received by the editor of the Magazine of Albemarle County History for possible inclusion in that journal in accordance with its normal selection and editing proce-dures. Please visit the ACHS website for more information concerning MACH submissions.

How to Apply:
1. Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic form as email attach-ments or on disk in a program compatible with Microsoft Word. If illustrations are included, they should be in the form of digital scans or photocopies. Do not send original photographs or artwork.
2. The Moore Fund Application must be completed and submitted in electronic form.
3. ALL materials must be submitted to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with Moore Fund Submission in the subject line by November 1, 2012.
4. All those who submit entries will be notified of the contest outcome in January 15, 2013.

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1857 Memorial Fund Award


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Upon the dissolution of their philanthropic organization, the Virginia 1857 Fund donated their assets to ACHS with the request that this money be used to encourage the study, recording and preser-vation of the history of Charlottesville and Albemarle County by students and faculty members at the University of Virginia.

Rules for Submissions:
1. The competition is open to all current students and faculty of the University of Virginia.
2. All submissions must be original to the contributor and never before published in any similar form, or under simultaneous consideration by another publication. The author(s) will sign a statement granting publication rights to ACHS.
3. Submissions must rely to the extent possible on primary sources rather than published works.*
4. The inclusion of images with article publication is strongly encouraged. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from proper authori-ties to reproduce any images.
5. Most manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words. Sharply focused items of 500 - 1500 words are invited. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with a traditional font, size 12. Endnotes should be used, and all references will follow the Chicago Manual of Style.
6. All manuscripts will be received by the editor of the Magazine of Albemarle County History for possible inclusion in that journal in accordance with its normal selection and editing proce-dures. Please visit the ACHS website for more information concerning MACH submissions.

How to Apply
1. Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic form as email attach-ments or on disk in a program compatible with Microsoft Word. If illustrations are included, they should be in the form of digital scans or photocopies. Do not send original photographs or artwork.
2. Proof of affiliation with the University of Virginia will be required, via a scanned or photocopied image of a student or faculty ID.
3. The Application for 1857 Fund Award must be completed and submitted in electronic form.
4. ALL materials must be submitted to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with 1857 Fund Submission in the subject line by November 1, 2012.
5. All those who submit entries will be notified of the contest outcome in January 15, 2013.

Additional Info:


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