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ABOUT THIS PHOTO

The Jefferson Theater, 1936. Built in 1901 as the Jefferson National Bank on East Main Street (today’s Downtown Mall), the Jefferson was enlarged and converted into a theater in 1912. Owners completely rebuilt the building just three years later after a tragic fire. A combination silent movie house and vaudeville stage, the Jefferson was host to a number of popular films and performers over the years, including magician Harry Houdini. Other downtown movie theaters followed: the Lafayette (1921), which is now the site of York Place Shops and Apartments; the Paramount (1931); Vinegar Hill (1976); and the University Theater at the Corner (1938-1990). After struggling under various names for many years as a second-run movie theater, the Jefferson was sold to music promoter Coran Capshaw in 2006, who launched a multi-million dollar renovation project and has since reopened the historic venue as a live music hall. The marquee in this photo advertises the 1936 release The Trail of the Lonesome Pine starring Fred MacMurray and Henry Fonda, one of Hollywood’s first successful color films. (courtesy of the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia).

Engaging a New Online World!

All speaker programs for the foreseeable future will be online, accessible through ZOOM or Facebook Live. If you miss a program you can find a recording on our YouTube channel. All online programs are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Our programs will engage online guests by reflecting on events, issues, and personalities from the history of our region. We have a slate of speakers lined up for the remaining year and will be adding new online programs for 2021. A full schedule and the latest updates are available below as well as on our Calendar page. And keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for impromptu and spontaneous programming that will be popping up online over the next few months. Better yet, subscribe to our online newsletter below for up to the minute programming information!

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Upcoming Programs

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<strong>October 14, 2020</strong><br>Ask the Genealogist

A virtual online program with ACHS Board President Shelley Murphy. Questions about your family history research? Hit your brick wall and need fresh ideas or places to look? Join our team of experienced genealogists as they answer your family tree questions in this hour-long virtual program. Whether you’re a long-time researcher or a novice genealogist, our expertise can send you in the right direction! Sign up at org and remember to submit your questions to Shelley and Miranda at [email protected].

<strong>October 20, 2020</strong><br>Two Pandemics, Two Centuries, One Town – 1918 vs. 2020

A virtual online program with Addeane Caelleigh and Dr. Michael Dickens. Want to learn more about how history repeats itself? Was the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918-1919 worse than Covid-19 in 2020? What can we learn from the past to inform our present and provide insight into what the future holds? Join us for a conversation with Addeane Caelleigh — author of “The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Albemarle County and Charlottesville” in the 2017 Magazine of Albemarle County History, retired UVA School of Medicine curriculum developer, and former editor of Academic Medicine, the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Addeane will be interviewed by Dr. Michael Dickens — an honors graduate of Princeton University, M.D from Columbia University with residency training at UVA, and a practicing pediatric physician in Charlottesville for 35 years. In retirement, Mike volunteers for the Society, and is an author, researcher, and interpreter of history. See program recording here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqI2ZC5XL-E&t=8s.

<strong>Novmber 10, 2020</strong><br> Ask the Genealogist

A virtual online program with ACHS Board President Shelley Murphy. Questions about your family history research? Hit your brick wall and need fresh ideas or places to look? Join our team of experienced genealogists as they answer your family tree questions in this hour-long virtual program. Whether you’re a long-time researcher or a novice genealogist, our expertise can send you in the right direction! Sign up at org and remember to submit your questions to Shelley and Miranda at [email protected]

<strong>November 18, 2020</strong> <br>The State of the Society

A virtual online conversation with new Executive Director, Tom Chapman, discussing his first 6 months, the Vision and Mission of the Society, and planning for the future. Submit questions for Tom at [email protected]. Sign up for the event on Facebook or contact Sterling at [email protected] to register.

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<strong>December 9, 2020 </strong> <br>Ask the Genealogist

A virtual online program with ACHS Board President Shelley Murphy. Questions about your family history research? Hit your brick wall and need fresh ideas or places to look? Join our team of experienced genealogists as they answer your family tree questions in this hour-long virtual program. Whether you’re a long-time researcher or a novice genealogist, our expertise can send you in the right direction! Sign up at org and remember to submit your questions to Shelley and Miranda at [email protected].

<strong>December 15, 2020</strong> <br>The Mapping Cville Project

Jordy Yager, Digital Humanities Fellow at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, discusses the history of local racist policies and examines the lasting legacies we live with today and what we can do about them. Sign up for the event on Facebook or contact Sterling at [email protected] to register.

<strong>January 19, 2021 </strong> <br>Online Virtual Membership Meeting! HOLD THE DATE!!

This will also be the Society’s Annual Meeting with a guest speaker. There will be a short business meeting to present the FY2021 Budget and elect Board of Directors Officers. Stay tuned for more information on the surprise guest speaker…

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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]