FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2006
Contact: Carol Anne Baker, Media Relations Specialist
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VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES
NEW EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVE
"We'll See You In Class" beginning February 23, 2006
Richmond, VA – The Virginia Historical Society (VHS) is pleased to announce a new educational initiative, "We’ll See You In Class." As part of plans to celebrate the Society's 175th anniversary in 2006, "We’ll See You In Class" invites students of all ages to explore Virginia history topics with both guest and staff instructors. The inaugural class begins in February as a four-part series taught by Retired Brigadier General John W. Mountcastle.
General Mountcastle will focus on the key roles played by Virginians in the planning and execution of the Cross-Channel attack in a course entitled "OVERLORD—The Allied Invasion of Europe, 6 June 1944." Classes will be held on Thursday evenings, February 23, March 2, 9, and 16, 2006, from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the Halsey Family Lecture Hall at the Virginia Historical Society. A reading list is available for those who would like to explore this topic before classes begin. Tuition for this class is $110 for VHS members, $125 for non-members, and $32 for an optional day-long bus tour to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford on March 18, 2006. Enrollment for General Mountcastle's class is limited to 100. To register, send a check payable to the Virginia Historical Society to Cynthia Moore, P.O. Box 7311, Richmond, VA 23221. After February 1, 2006, tuition is non-refundable.
The second "We’ll See You In Class" will be held Thursday evenings in June 2006 when Dr. Paul A. Levengood, managing editor of the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and program coordinator for the Reynolds Business History Center, will explore Hollywood's depiction of the South by examining five major films: The Birth of a Nation, Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, In the Heat of the Night, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? Dr. Levengood will provide research and commentary while the class enjoys memorable scenes from these seminal movies. Classes will be held from 5:30–7:00 p.m. in the new 500-capacity auditorium that will be available for Society programming after construction on the new wing is complete in the Spring of 2006. Advance registration is not required for this class. Tuition for each class is $5 for VHS members and $10 for non-members and can be made payable the evening of class.
The Virginia Historical Society 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