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From the collection of legendary photographer Ed “Flash” Roseberry (b. 1925) comes this classic photo of downtown Charlottesville, East Main Street, December 1959: The heart of Charlottesville during the holiday season 1959, with Christmas lights and sparkling garlands strung across Main Street (today’s Downtown Mall). The marquee of the Paramount Theater advertises the film The Five Pennies starring Danny Kaye. The 1931 Paramount Theater had desegregated just one year before this picture was taken. The sign for Standard Drug Company is also noticeable on the left, now the site of a CVS. Charlottesville’s Main Street had its origins as the 18th-century roadway, the Three Notched Road, which ran west across the Piedmont from Richmond, over the Blue Ridge and across the valley to Staunton. Today’s Downtown Mall, West Main Street, University Avenue, and Ivy Road follow that same colonial-era route used by early European settlers and Native Americans before them. (photo is courtesy of the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia).

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“Second Street Chats”

How do you research for “Revolutionary War Soldiers” including African-American Patriots? Sigh up to hear the steps and process to conduct the genealogy research to find your Soldier. We have the answers along with tips about how to get started? ACHS Second Street Chats are the place to hear about methods and strategies along with good tips on researching your ancestors. It’s also a good place to share your research or telling your ancestors story and much more.

February 8, 2020 1pm to 3pm

All chats are free, open to the public. Seating is limited!

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“Ed Roseberry’s Charlottesville,” at the City Space Gallery on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

This free exhibit showcases dozens of classic photographs from the Roseberry Collection, and includes detailed historic captions for every image. Known to generations of his friends as “Flash,” Ed Roseberry (born 1925) continues to be one of Virginia’s most celebrated and accomplished photographers. His iconic and award-winning work spans more than six decades, and has focused on the people, events and scenes of Charlottesville, Albemarle and the University of Virginia. “Ed Roseberry’s Charlottesville” will be on display at the City Space Gallery on the Downtown Mall throughout the month of August 2018.

 
 
 


COMING SOON: “Charlottesville’s Attic,” in the Exhibit Hall at the historic McIntire Building on Second Street.

Opening February 2019, this unique exhibit will feature dozens of historic items from the exclusive Collection of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society. This exhibit will be entirely free and open to the public. Look for more information soon!

 

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Walking Tours of Historic Charlottesville
Schedule: Spring – Fall

Personally guided walking tours of historic downtown Charlottesville that focus on a variety of topics have been a hallmark among our program offerings for decades. Tours are offered to both small and large groups from mid-April through early October, and begin here at our main building. Click here to learn more and to schedule your tour. And if you’d like to learn about volunteering to be a Guide, please contact us.

“The Discovery Series”
A Unique Collection of Tours Exploring Albemarle County and Charlottesville
Schedule: September 2018 – May 2019

Among our new program offerings is an entirely new set of walking tours with expert guides that will take visitors to various historic sites throughout Central Virginia: learn about Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at the University of Virginia with renowned architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson; explore the Jewish history of Charlottesville with scholar Phyllis Leffler; get a behind-the-scenes tour of James Monroe’s Highland; and go deep inside Crozet’s Blue Ridge Tunnel in the mountains. All tours are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Visit our updated Events Calendar for all the latest information about upcoming tours or contact us with any questions.

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Third Fridays Series
Schedule: September 2018 — May 2019

On the evening of every third Friday of each month, from September 2018 through May 2019, we will host a free public lecture and discussion at 7p in City Space on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Speakers and topics will include: Historian and artist John Mason on the African-American portraiture of photographer Rufus Holsinger; architectural historian Edward Lay on the Classical Architecture of “Jefferson Country;” historian Preston Reynolds on the tragic story of eugenics at the University of Virginia; and much more. All our public lectures include Powerpoint-style presentations with rarely seen historic images. Click the button below for a full schedule and all details. You can also check the Events Calendar. Follow us on Facebook and check out the Blog for all the latest updates. These lectures are all free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are ever required. Seating is limited, so please plan to arrive early.

The Community Series
Schedule: September 2018 — May 2019

While our Third Fridays series of talks is held at the same time and in the same location each month, our Traveling Community Series does just that: travels to various community locations throughout Central Virginia, with a new location and a new speaker each month, September through May. Speakers include author and historian Mary Lyons on the wave of Irish immigration to Virginia in the mid 19th century to build the railroad; architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson on the history and architecture of Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village; local historian Phil James on the history of Crozet; historical archaeologist Steve Thompson on the history of the Carr/Greer home at the Ivy Creek Natural Area; and much more. All our public lectures include Powerpoint-style presentations with rarely seen historic images. All talks and and discussions are free and open to the public. Click the button below for a full schedule and all details. You can also check the Events Calendar. In most locations, seating will be limited so please plan to arrive a bit early. No reservations or tickets are required.

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