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History in Focus: A Series
August 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
One event on March 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on April 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on May 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on June 1, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on July 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on August 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm
All ages. Explore historical topics in detail with staff-led specialty tours that use the historic structures and artifacts as touchstones to the past. Information: email@example.com
Saturdays, 1-3pm at Meadow Farm Museum.
Feb 23: Come Freedom
Learn how the Meadow Farm and other 19th century enslaved people sought freedom both physically and spiritually. Explore the religion, music and folk tales that brought courage and hope to many.
Mar 9: The Life of Widows
Life for a 19th century widow has been referred to as “Civil Death.” Learn how the existence of a woman following her husband’s death depended heavily on the kindness of male relatives. Explore how the Sheppard women of Meadow Farm fared as they outlived their spouses, often by decades.
Apr 6: Mosby Had a Little Lamb
April is the month the lambs are born and the sheep are sheared! While visiting our flock, discover how Mosby Sheppard bought, raised, and used sheep to enhance his farm operation.
May 4: Germs, Epidemics, and Medicine
In the age before hand sanitizer, learn how Dr. Sheppard and other doctors dealt with the major disease epidemics in Richmond in the mid-19th century.
Jun 1: A Soldier’s Memories
Surviving the killing fields of World War I, soldiers such as Sheppard Crump of Meadow Farm preserved memories and memorabilia from their days in the war. Join us as we explore the Crump collection, including the memories and oral history from Crump’s wife, Elizabeth A. Crump.
Jul 6: Weather Patterns of Long Ago
Ever wondered how farmers knew when and what to plant? Explore the surviving documentation of the weather patterns in Henrico County during the Jeffersonian era and the impact of farmers, livestock, and the local citizens.
Aug 3: Keeping Cool in the Summer
Temperatures are climbing and everyone’s trying to stay cool! Ever wonder how people tolerated hot summers before air conditioning, short sleeves, or shorts? Come join us for a “cool” look back.