A 1952 photograph of Inge’s Store at 333 West Main Street, the heart of the once-thriving Vinegar Hill community. This building was fortunately spared when most of the area was razed in the early 1960s as part of “urban renewal.” It has been the site of various restaurants since the market closed in 1979. To the left is the “Model Steam Laundry” business. An historic marker reads in part, “After graduating from the Hampton Institute, George P. Inge came to Charlottesville to teach in the public school system. In 1891 at age twenty-eight he began a business career as owner-operator of Inge’s Grocery, which was continued by his son Thomas Inge Sr. until 1979. The Inge family of nine children, among whom there were four teachers, two medical doctors, a college professor, and two businessmen, originally lived upstairs. Mr. George Inge was active in civic, social, educational, and religious affairs. At one time he served as chairman of the local Republican Party. Public hotels refused to accommodate black visitors and private homes had to fill in this void. The Inge family often had famous black guests staying at their home, including Booker T. Washington who was a classmate of Inge at Hampton Institute.”

Thoughtful, Engaging and Fascinating Opportunities

As part of a new suite of programs launched in 2018, the Charlottesville Center for History and Culture offers a full curriculum of Personal Enrichment Courses. At least one course is offered each academic semester. The current course offerings are listed below. More classes are now in development. Check our Calendar for the full schedule.

Current Courses: Fall 2018

Jefferson <strong><em>versus</em></strong> Hamilton

It was the most dramatic and bitter rivalry of the age. It was a fight for the American soul. The struggle between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton during the founding period of American history helped to shape the very political landscape we have today well over 200 years later. It was a clash between big ideas and even bigger personalities that established a framework for how Americans would come to think of themselves, even separate themselves. It created a permanent divide that has been a constant element in American life: the divide that unites us.

Best-selling author and historian Coy Barefoot will take class participants on a deep dive into the world of the American Revolution and the early Republic. Understanding what fueled the rivalry between Jefferson and Hamilton and how that drama played out, both personally and politically, can help us better understand the clash of ideologies that challenges us today. Because in truth: they both won, and they both lost.

This class will meet from 630p-830p one night a week from September 11 through October 29, 2018. The class will be held in the City Space meeting room on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. Parking is available in the Market Street Parking Garage or on nearby streets. Seating is limited, so sign up now.

Status: This class is currently OPEN to enrollment and now accepting participants.

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