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Sundays at Two series to open January 13

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LANCASTER—The Lancaster Community Library’s 24th annual Sundays at Two lecture and entertainment series will open January 13.

Presented at 2 p.m. at the library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, these free programs do not require a reservation and are concluded with refreshments, reported committee member Gloria Wallace. They are held in the second floor meeting room, accessible by elevator as well as stairs. A Loop Amplifier for the hearing impaired has also been added to the meeting room.

On January 13, the Rev. Benjamin P. Campbell will present “Tidewater’s Unhealed History.” He is pastor emeritus of Richmond Hill and a pastoral associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond.

His book, Richmond’s Unhealed History, examines the contradictions and crises that have formed the city over more than four centuries. He plans to tell a story from the perspective of the Chesapeake Bay where some of the world’s greatest social and political ideals have been articulated and sometimes practiced.

On January 27, Bill Lohman, columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and author of several books, will talk about his latest book, DR. COPTR: the Flying Physician Who Kept his Promise to Tangier Island. He will discuss the life of Lancaster County physician, Dr. David Nichols and his commitment to an island of fewer than 500 residents.

On February 10, Ellen and Mike Garvey will show and tell “What’s Down There.” As scuba divers and nature enthusiasts, they escape the northern cold for warm waters to dive, photograph and video such creatures as a pygmy seahorse with their video camera and capture the relationship between a blind shrimp and a goby.

They have dived with mantas, turtles, whales and sharks and their presentation will include content from the Caribbean, several places in the Pacific, the Maldives and the Galapagos.

On February 17, John Geoff Chester, public affairs officer for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. will present an illustrated talk: “Sky with Ocean Joined: Scaling the Stars at the U.S. Naval Observatory.”

In addition to tracing the history of the Naval Observatory and its mission of supporting precise navigation on the surface of the Earth and through the far reaches of the solar system, Chester also will share some of his experiences with the four vice presidents who have called the Observatory home since 1997.

On February 24, Joshua LeHuray and Nathan Madison, Richmond area historians, will present the story of “Tredegar Iron Works: Richmond’s Foundry on the James.” For more than a century, Tredegar Iron Works was an industrial and economic powerhouse throughout the U.S. As the largest iron works in the South during the Civil War and an indispensable supplier to the railroad boom that helped reunite the nation after the Tredegar Iron Works was capable of producing anything its customers required. Its catalog included everything from horse shoes to steam locomotives.

Founded in 1837 by a combination of American entrepreneurial foresight and European mechanical ingenuity, it produced armaments for six American wars and served as Richmond’s largest single employer for many decades until finally ceasing operations in 1957. The speakers will detail this 120-year history and its lasting legacy as well as the workers and families that called the Works home.

On March 4, Wayne Adkins will present “How Six Virginia Indian Tribes received federal recognition in 2018 and what that approval means.” Adkins, project director of the Chickahominy Indian tribe, will discuss how the federal tribal recognition is defined, what is required to obtain it and why tribes may want it.

He worked along with members of the other five tribes, Chickahominy-Eastern, Upper Mattaponi, Rappahannock, Monacan and Nansemond, seeking federal recognition and will give some history of the six Virginia tribes’ experiences as they worked for congressional passage of the bill.