Historic Christ Church & Museum Preparing for 2016 Visitor Season

March 2016

Each March, Historic Christ Church & Museum conducts continuing education for new and returning volunteers. Volunteers, staff, Foundation board members, and experts in colonial history recently participated in the 2016 program, reported Marilyn Hedges, publicity chair. It featured the educational theme “Everyday Life in the 17th and 18th Centuries" with a focus on food, wine, clothing, and medicine.

Past President Tony Waring recapped the successful 2014-2015 roof restoration project. He noted that replacing the 1897 slate roof was completed just one day before the annual Craft Beer Fest. Research Committee volunteers Therese Horwath, Dr. Anne Davis, and Susan Bober presented information on 17th and 18th century Virginia food, medicine and clothing while Executive Director Clare Adams discussed wine, cider and beer in the colonial period. Susan McFadden of Open Door Communications spoke about the 2016 rebranding of Historic Christ Church as Historic Christ Church & Museum to fully convey the experience offered to visitors. Volunteer Ronnee Taylor outlined the six books that will be part of the HCC Readers book group and reflect the themes for 2016. Historian and Director of Education Robert Teagle presented new information about Robert Carter, the builder of this magnificent church.

Keynote speakers were a highlight of the program. Colonial Williamsburg's Architectural Historian and Foundation board member Dr. Carl Lounsbury gave a compelling lecture describing the similarity between Anglican church design and that of the Virginia Colony. Lounsbury concluded that “...Virginians made few changes to a plan that had served them well for more than a century since it was established at Jamestown during the first few years of English settlement in the new world." Another distinguished speaker was Professor John Coombs, Ph.D. of Hampden-Sydney College whose topic was “The Carters of Corotoman and Dynastic Ambition among the Early Virginia Gentry."

Key Historic Christ Church & Museum volunteers lead the three-morning program. Pam Ward, Ph.D., Education Chair and her committee crafted the 2016 program, which included "What's New for 2016" and a Historic Christ Church & Museum version of Jeopardy, prepared by Research Chair Dr. Kathy Galgano. This fun-filled session quizzed the audience on the prior presentations on colonial food, clothing, wine, and medicine. The conclusion was a “Colonial Virginia Lunch Buffet” prepared by Pam Ward and featuring Brunswick stew, ham biscuits, Mrs. Robert E. Lee's cornbread, and more. Volunteers agreed that it was a successful, educational, and interesting continuing education program for the visitor season, opening April 1.

Historic Christ Church & Museum welcomes new volunteers year-round and offers a stimulating and fun environment for those who love history and people. For further information, please call the Foundation Office at 804-438-6855.