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Introducing the Historically Speaking Series


Established as a shire in 1634, Henrico was the second settlement in the colony of Virginia and is one of the oldest counties in the country (Henrico History). With a rich history that spans over 400 years, Henrico is home to numerous historic sites, landmarks, and museums. Today, the History division of the Department of Recreation and Parks researches, interprets, and develops programs to educate the public on the County’s history. You can learn more about their findings and work in our new Historically Speaking program series. Read on to learn more about these upcoming events!

Historically Speaking: Dr. Sheppard's Medical Account Books from Meadow Farm, Henrico 

Saturday, August 6, 2-3PM at Glen Allen Library

The account books of country doctor Dr. John Mosby Sheppard of Meadow Farm in Henrico span nearly three decades from the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods. Because his patients included whites, free Blacks, and enslaved persons, these records provide valuable insights into the local history and genealogy of both white and Black families. Henrico County Recreation and Parks historian, Lisa Denton, will provide background information on this fascinating resource, the latest discoveries, and the project's plans for the future.

Historically Speaking: 19th Century Immigration to Henrico County 

Wednesday, September 14, 3-4PM at Gayton Library

Henrico County Recreation and Parks historian Lisa Denton will share the latest research on individuals and families who settled in the county during the mid-to-late 1800s. We will compare local and national population trends, and examine the social, economic, political, and leadership roles 19th century immigrants played in Henrico and greater Richmond, all through the lens of pursuing the “American Dream.”

Historically Speaking: The CCC and the Creation of a National Park at Fort Harrison

Saturday, November 12, 2-3PM at Varina Library

Staff from Richmond National Battlefield Park will explore the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Harrison in Henrico County. In the 1930s the CCC cleared the grounds and laid the foundation for what became a National Park. The presentation will include photographs and reprints of CCC publications, and a discussion of how historic preservation has evolved over the years.

Plus, stay tuned to our Online Calendar for details about our final Historically Speaking program:

Historically Speaking: 1930s Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 3 at Varina Library (all day event)

Can’t get enough local history? Explore our Notable Henricoans Database to learn more about key figures from Henrico’s past or browse the collection

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