*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Virginia History for Newcomers

Take a trip through space and time. In this course, you’ll explore Virginia history by visiting - virtually - a dozen or so places and moments that have been critical to the state as we know it today. For instance, you’ll follow a Virginia Indian to King Philip II’s court in Madrid and an escaped slave to Boston. You’ll sail with the first English settlers down the James River and walk with Thomas Jefferson as he stakes out a muddy cornfield on which he intends to build a university. With Union miners you’ll dig an elaborate tunnel under Confederate lines at Petersburg, and with an eccentric and fiercely independent poet, you’ll host a writer’s salon in Lynchburg. Your adventures will be guided by maps, Google virtual tours, and readings from primary sources. When you’re done, expect to have the tools and the passion to continue your four-dimensional travels through the Old Dominion.

Instructor Bio:

Brendan Wolfe is the longtime managing editor of Encyclopedia Virginia, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Wolfe is the author of numerous entries in the encyclopedia and of two recently released books, on the history of the University of Virginia, and on the early jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke.

Recommended Reading:

Indians in Virginia, Colonial Virginia, The American Civil War in Virginia, at EncyclopediaVirginia.org.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A201 Brendan Wolfe Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16 Tu 9:30-11:00 a.m. Glenmore Country Club WL

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