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August 24, 2006
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VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2006 BLANTON SCHOLARS FORUM AND WYNDHAM B. BLANTON SCHOLARSHIP
David McCullough leads program, October 19–20
Richmond, VA – Twenty students from across the commonwealth will be named Wyndham B. Blanton Scholars and participate in a discussion-style seminar with David McCullough on his most recent work, 1776. The students also will be honored guests at the Virginia Historical Society's 2006 J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr., Lecture, to be given by Mr. McCullough. The Blanton Scholars Forum will be held at the Society the following morning. David McCullough is twice winner of the National Book Award and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It will be the second time he has led the Blanton Scholars Forum.
In its eighth year, the Blanton Scholars Forum is designed to bring together a select group of students with some of the nation's leading historians. New to this year's program, one scholar will receive the $5,000 Wyndham B. Blanton college scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to one student based on his/her research paper and participation at the forum.
The twenty students will be chosen by the Society's Teacher Advisory Board. In order to be considered, a student must fill out an application form, write a four-page paper, and submit additional information. For eligibility information and a complete application package, visit the Society's web site at www.vahistorical.org. The deadline for the application and all supplementary materials is September 18. Those chosen to be Blanton Scholars will receive a copy of 1776. The program covers costs for meals and lodging for out-of-town students and their chaperones.
The Wyndham B. Blanton Scholars Forum, named in honor of a former president of the historical society, was established eight years ago by a generous benefactor who wanted to create a statewide forum for high school juniors and seniors studying Virginia and American history.
Although a private, non-profit institution, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is the official state historical society of Virginia. The VHS is located at 428 N. Boulevard. The Story of Virginia, An American Experience, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition with more than a thousand objects covering all of Virginia history from prehistoric times to the present, is featured in the Robins Center for Virginia History. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm
and Sunday 1pm–5pm (Museum Galleries only). Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors 55+ ($2/Tuesdays–galleries only), $3/children and students, free/members. Admission to the galleries is free on Sundays. For group tour information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, please call (804) 358-4901 or visit www.vahistorical.org.