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Collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of our community!

Unregulated Historical Meanderings #3

January 27, 2021 – 6:30 PM

The When Does “Public” Become Public? Edition with David Plunkett and Lorenzo Dickerson 

This year, the public library system in the greater Charlottesville area turns 100 years young. In honor of this centennial milestone, David Plunkett, Library Director at JMRL has big plans for a museum exhibit at the Central Branch this year. And, Lorenzo Dickerson, film maker and Director of Communications in the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UVA, will be taking a close look at the growth of the JMRL system and its segregated past in his forthcoming documentary film. ACHS also has plans to mark the centennial of the McIntire Building this year, and we look forward to speaking with David and Lorenzo about their projects and see where we meander from there.

This event will be hosted live on Zoom and our Facebook page on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30 pm.



ACHS Speaker Series

February 17, 2021 – 7 PM

Jalane Schmidt

“From Lost Cause to Lawsuits: The Declining Political Fortunes of the Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans”

Founded in 1896, the Virginia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans once boasted politically well-connected members who influenced the state’s commemorative observances. Charlottesville’s local chapter, the RTW Duke Camp SCV, welcomed dignitaries and hosted the state division’s annual reunions in 1921 and 1924, during the dedications of the Jackson and Lee monuments. But in the late 20th and early 21st century, as Virginia’s demography has changed and public opinion shifted away from venerating Confederate figures, the Virginia Division SCV has waged a rear-guard action in the legislature and courts.

Jalane Schmidt is an associate professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies. Her research and teaching are focused upon African diaspora religions of the Caribbean and Latin America, and particularly festivity and ritual.

This event will be hosted live on Zoom and our Facebook page on Wednesday, February 17th at 7 pm.



COVID – 19 Updates

UPDATE 12/22/2020

The Historical Society is closed except for by-appointment use of the Research Library. We are offering hours M-F, 8am to 4pm, and on Saturdays, 10am to 2pm. To make an appointment, call 434-296-1492 or email the Librarian at [email protected]story.org.

We value the health and safety of our visitors, library patrons, volunteers, staff, members, and the community at large. We are living through unique times but are dedicated to opening our museum, library, and programs to the public as soon as we can safely do so. Thank you for your interest and support of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. We wish everyone well and look forward to seeing you at the research library or at one of our online virtual online programs! Check out our Calendar for program schedule.


If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, feel ill, or have had a known exposure within the past two weeks, please do not visit us. Anyone who is feeling ill, been exposed, or has traveled to an area with higher infection rates should wait two weeks before visiting us.

In order to protect our visitors, staff, and volunteers, we request that you follow these guidelines when visiting us:

  • Masks are required in any indoor space. We encourage you to bring your own, but we do have some available by request.
  • Observe social distancing protocols while visiting with us.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby and in the research library. Our restroom is available and is stocked with soap and paper towels. You are encouraged to wash your hands frequently.

New cleaning protocols and schedules have been implemented to ensure that all highly-touched surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly. While visitation is allowed by appointment only, we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment for our patrons.

You Are Invited to Join the Action.

Help Us Make the History.


Guided walking tours around Court Square and its environs are now available by appointment! Contact Sterling Howell at [email protected] to learn more or to schedule a tour.

All programs will be held online. View our calendar for all upcoming programs and follow us on Social Media for schedules and information.


For ACHS members who have already renewed for 2020, we thank you! Membership dues account for a large portion of our annual operating budget. Every membership counts! If yours is coming up for renewal, we hope you will continue to support us. For new members, WELCOME!!



Please consider donating to the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society to help #ACHSOpenOurDoors during the Covid-19 crisis.



Our vision is to reimagine and reinvent the role of the historical society in the twenty-first century: to be a strong civic organization that embraces, in all that we do, the diversity of our community’s history and experience, and promotes a greater understanding of our past, to enlighten the present and foster an inclusive history for future generations.


History is not the past; it is the story we tell about the past. Every person in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville has a unique and powerful story to tell. Through collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of our community, we are committed to informing, inspiring, and bringing together all people, creating opportunities for new relationships and new understandings.


Our work is grounded in a belief in the worth and dignity of every human being. We respect people, communities, and cultures. We value discovery, creativity, integrity, and diversity. We believe in the potential for history to enrich our lives and to create stronger relationships and more vibrant communities. We approach our work with integrity and transparency.

The reopening of this website was funded in part by a CARES Act grant from Virginia Humanities.

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At the Historic Public Library
On Market Street Park in Downtown Charlottesville
200 Second Street, NE
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Monday-Friday (8am-Noon) By Appointment
Phone: 434-296-1492
Email: [email protected]