Monday, September 21, 2009

The Future of Richmond's Past

This looks interesting. - Catherine E.

September 29, 2009
Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts
University of Richmond

Join us to explore ways the city of Richmond might most effectively integrate our history into our future. The discussion, among people from many backgrounds with a demonstrated commitment to these issues, will begin at the University of Richmond, where prominent scholars, museum professionals, and local leaders will participate. We will begin at 8:30 a.m. and work through lunch.

Our nation will soon commemorate the 150th anniversaries of two of the major events in American history: the Civil War and the end of American slavery. These anniversaries offer Richmond a unique opportunity as well as a special responsibility. As the former capital of the Confederacy and as a center of the nation’s slave trade, our city can help Americans better understand our shared history. The events played out here 150 years ago connect to lives, struggles, and accomplishments that came long before and that endure long after.

History is a rich component of Richmond’s identity, and many people work to foster it. Our civic, commercial, and professional organizations recognize that a fuller sense of history can make Richmond a better place to live and visit, while our many excellent historical organizations collaborate in support of a more cohesive historical presence in our city. Virginia Union University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond are offering venues and coordination for planning in addition to their educational resources and links to our area’s past. The University of Richmond and President Edward L. Ayers are hosting the first conversation. Organizations that have developed projects on Richmond’s history are invited to present posters, materials, or electronic displays at tables around the Modlin Center’s Booth Lobby. If your organization would like to participate, please let us know by Friday, September 25.

Be sure to reserve this date now. Registration is free but is required for planning purposes.
TO REGISTER, reply to this email at with the following information:
I will attend the conference.
I will remain for lunch.
I am interested in providing a display or materials.

Please share this invitation with others who may be interested in participating.

The Future of Richmond’s Past: Inaugural Conversation
28 Westhampton WayRichmond, VA 23173
Contact: Carla Childs
Office: 804-289-8002
Fax: 804-287-6540

1 comment:

T. Tyler Potterfield said...

I had the pleasure attending this event on behalf of my employer. Dr Ayers had the room pumped up. I think some very positive things will come out of this. Buttermilk and Molasses has a great summation. More programs are planned so stay posted. U of R recorded it so perhaps there will be a podcast somewhere.