RFM Winter Lecture Series

2018 RFM Lecture Series Announced!


February 5, 2018 – 7 pm

V-Bottom Boats – Eric Jacobson


March 5, 2018 – 7 pm

Lee, Jackson and the Virginia They Loved – James Robertson

To watch the video presentation, please click the following link: https://youtu.be/oa922gUZ8uA


April 2, 2018 – 7 pm

Julius Rosenwald School – Mary Jackson

The third lecture in the series feature representatives from the Julius Rosenwald School Foundation of Northumberland County, Inc. They will tell the story of Reedville’s own Rosenwald School.  The foundation was established in 2010 and its mission is to continue the legacy of the Julius Rosenwald High School and to restore the property in order to provide services to meet the needs of the community. 

Julius Rosenwald (1862- 1932) was a part-owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company and a philanthropist.  Mr. Rosenwald met two prominent educators and proponents of African-American education.  William H. Baldwin and Booker T Washington, who encouraged Rosenwald to address the poor state of African-American education in the US.  He subsequently established the Rosenwald Fund in 1917, and donated millions of dollars in matching funds for projects build by and for communities to support the education of African American children in the rural South.  The rural school building program was one of the largest programs administered by the Rosenwald Fund. The first six school opened in rural Alabama in 1913-14.  The Rosenwald Fund contributed matching funds to build more the 5,000 schools, shops, and teachers ‘homes in the South.  These school became known as “Rosenwald Schools”

To watch the video presentation, please click the following link:  https://youtu.be/-uEEAa3RfmU


May 7, 2018 – 7 pm

Still Water Bending – Wendy Clark, Author

 The final lecture in the series features Wendy Mitman Clarke, Editor-at-Large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine and Cruising World, award-winning columnist, journalist, and poet. Wendy will discuss her recent book Still Water Bending: Distilling a Lifetime of Writing On the Chesapeake

Still Water Bending is the story of a third-generation Chesapeake waterman, his estranged daughter, and their unusual path to reconciliation in a drafty old shed, building a traditional deadrise skiff. It’s also a story of place—a deeply felt love song of the Bay’s natural beauty and cultural history. Wendy Mitman Clarke, the former executive editor of Chesapeake May Magazine and author of Window on the Chesapeake: The Bay, Its People and Places, has woven years of living on and writing about the Bay, its traditions, and natural history and beauty into this story of Jines Arley Evans and his daughter Lily Rae. Though fiction, the rendering of Bay culture and environment that runs through the novel is rooted in her career as a journalist, observing, interviewing, and curating the details of Chesapeake life. 

To watch the video presentation, please click the following link: https://youtu.be/33zN1bkKOpI

All lectures begin promptly at 7 pm and are held at Festival Halle, 177 Main Street, Reedville, VA.
The Museum politely requests a $5.00 donation. Light refreshments will be served. We welcome everyone across the Northern Neck and beyond to join us for another season of memorable evenings. 
If you have any questions, please call the RFM office at 804/453-6529.

2017 RFM Video Lectures

March 6, 2017:  Mr. Preston Nuttall Historic Tales of the Civil War, https://youtu.be/IeLS3UvCosA