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The notion of success lay at the heart of the American Dream, and a number of famous figures in American culture have offered formulas for achieving it. They range from Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century to Horatio Alger in the 19th century to Donald Trump in our own time. But the most influential modern success writer has been Dale Carnegie, whose great book, How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) remains even now one of the best sellers in American history. This lecture is sp...

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FEB 23

African American Story Telling

Venue: Belle Grove Plantation at Port Conway
Cost: $5
Feb 23, 2019 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Celebration of Black History at Belle Grove Event African American Story Telling Speaker – Rita Wagstaff 1 Hour Presentation Come hear African Slaves Stories with a follow up on the history of the stories told by teacher, Rita Wagstaff. Learn about the clothing that slaves wore and about life on the plantation. Dates Saturday, February 9th at 1pm and 3pm Sunday, February 10th at 1pm and 3pm Wednesday, February 13th at 11pm and 2pm Sunday, February 17th at 1pm and 3pm Sunday, F...

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FEB 24

African American Story Telling

Venue: Belle Grove Plantation at Port Conway
Cost: $5
Feb 24, 2019 01:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Celebration of Black History at Belle Grove Event African American Story Telling Speaker – Rita Wagstaff 1 Hour Presentation Come hear African Slaves Stories with a follow up on the history of the stories told by teacher, Rita Wagstaff. Learn about the clothing that slaves wore and about life on the plantation. Dates Saturday, February 9th at 1pm and 3pm Sunday, February 10th at 1pm and 3pm Wednesday, February 13th at 11pm and 2pm Sunday, February 17th at 1pm and 3pm Sunday, F...

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FEB 26

UMW & BHM Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95, was many things: warrior, martyr, husband, statesman, and normal leader. Having spent 27 years in prison, he succeeded in liberating a country from a system of violent prejudice and he united oppressor and oppressed in a way that had never been done before. No one has explained this complex man better than Richard Stengel, author of Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, former editor of Time magazine, and MSNBC comm...

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FEB 27

With author Jim Hall   FAC Sealy Auditorium, Workforce and Technology Bldg, Room 134.  Fredericksburg Area Campus, Spotsylvania

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FEB 28

Florida Bound: James Monroe's Slaves

Venue: Monroe Hall, University of Mary Washington
Cost: Free
Feb 28, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

UMW & BHM In 1828, James Monroe sold a group of enslaved people to Colonel White in Florida, who owned the plantation Casa Bianca. Miranda Burnett and Martin Violette delved into the records and found that. Casa Bianca was not a typical plantation. The establishment of Casa Bianca in Jefferson County, Florida (near the town of Monticello) involved a President, two congressmen, a slave ship, and the richest man in America. However, the majority of the population living and working at Ca...

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Oscar Wilde

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Feb 28, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

In Wilde’s boundless capacity for self-invention and reinvention, we witness life itself transformed into a work of art. This lecture is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Elite.


Mindful Mornings

Venue: Fredericksburg Area Museum
Cost: Free
Mar 01, 2019 08:15 am - 09:15 pm

Mindful Mornings is a one-hour, once monthly Friday forum where do-gooders who want to make the world a better place convene, collaborate, and learn from compelling content delivered by a keynote speaker while they enjoy coffee and breakfast. FAM will partner with Mindful Mornings to create a place and space for courageous and kind people who want to come together each month to support the Fredericksburg area community’s success, growth, and goals. Mindful Mornings Chapters are in 14 locat...


Lucille Ball

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Mar 12, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

When on a September evening in 1951 Lucille Ball stepped before an audience to film the first episode of her new television program, no one who was present – including the actress herself – suspected that history was about to be made. But on that September night, the star she was destined to be was finally born. This lecture is sponsored by Davenport and Company.


The Radium Girls

Venue: Dodd Auditorium
Mar 14, 2019 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

The element of radium, newly discovered by the Curies, made gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shone bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toiled amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covered their bodies from head to toe, lighting up the night like industrious fireflies. W...