Louisa County Historical Society

Events & Exhibits

Mark your Calendar for our
2nd Annual Heritage Day - Saturday, April 25th, 2015 9am -4pm


Classes at the Michie House
Book now...they fill fast! Call Louisa County Parks and Recreation at 967-4420 to register.

Heritage Baskets
Saturday, March 21st 10-4

Under the guidance of award winning basket makers, Maren Smith and Pat Wilson, you will make and take home a beautiful heritage market basket. You'll learn the basics and also how to creatively embellish baskets with
leather, shells, etc. Age 12 and up. Bring your own flat bladed heavy shears and lunch. Cost $35

Hearth Cooking
Tuesday, March 24th from 10-4

How did colonial Virginians cook with no electric ovens or microwaves? Learn for yourself as you cook and enjoy eating an entire meal prepared in the historic Michie House under the instruction of The Hearth Cooking Guild from the Louisa County Historical Society. Original period recipes and techniques are used. Cost $20

Heritage Baskets (repeat)
Tuesday, April 14th 10-4

Other Events at the Sargeant Museum

New Temporary Exhibit Opens September 1st: The Lusitania and Sights of England

Hidden History, African-American Cemeteries in Central Virginia.
Now scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd 2:00 p.m.
Join Dr. Lynn Rainville as she takes us through the forgotten African American cemeteries of central Virginia to recover information crucial to the stories of the black families who lived and worked there for over two hundred years. Dr. Rainville’s findings shed light on family genealogies, the rise and fall of segregation, and attitudes toward religion and death.  Lynn Rainville earned her Ph.D. in Near Eastern anthropology and archaeology in 2001. In 2008 she was appointed a research professor in the humanities at Sweet Briar College where she is the founding director of the Tusculum Institute dedicated to local history and historic preservation.

World War I Flying Aces
Saturday, Feb 28th 10-noon

A flying ace was described as a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more aircraft in combat. Deemed "Knights of the Air" by some, these young pilots were viewed as celebrities in their respective countries and their acts of bravery in their revolutionary machines were often the source of inspiration for the soldiers on the ground. Abby Whitlock returns to talk about this exciting chapter in the Great War. Free.

Celebrating the Silver Screen
Sunday, March 1st 2:00

Join LaVahn Hoh as he discusses the Golden Age of the silver screen in America: the movie theaters in towns and cities, large and small, across the nation in the mid-20th Century. This companion discussion to the exhibit which will open the same day will feature Louisa’s own Talley’s Theater on Main Street. Bring your memories and a friend!

Family History Research– at the Louisa County Public Library
Saturday, March 14th 2-4 pm

Join Louisa County Historical Society director Elaine Taylor at the public library. We will learn how to discover ancestors and the context of their lives you have never explored before. This session will cover how to begin, where to look online, how to organize your information and even ideas for making small gifts from what you learn with other family members.
Contact the library to register at 894-5853.

2nd Annual Heritage Day
Saturday, April 25th
The W. S. Hancock Society from Pennsylvania will be camping in and around the Michie House. Led by retired National Park Service staff member Bruce Stocking, the event will transport visitors to our heritage farm back to 1820 in Virginia.

What’s on display in the Purcell Exhibit Room?

Celebrating the Silver Screen
Opens Sunday, March 1st (See Presentation above)

Professor LaVahn Hoh (known for his expertise on the American Circus) presents this exhibit about the Golden Age of the silver screen in America. His own memorabilia and hallmark anecdotes will tell the story of movies across the nation in the mid-20th Century and feature Louisa’s own Talley’s Theater on Main Street.

Fun With History

Kid’s Camp day
Thursday, July 9th 9-3

Step back in time on the Heritage Farm to the year 1800!  You'll spend the day back in history playing games, making crafts and yummy treats, making dolls and toys, learning to play music on a colonial tin whistle, and much more.  Sign up early for our first Fun With History Day through Louisa Parks and Rec.   For rising 3rd-6th graders. We ask that children have an adult with them for the day (don’t worry, you’ll have as much fun as they do– at no charge!) Cost- $15 per child (2 for $25)  

Society’s Ice Cream Social- Sunday, June 7th, 2:00– Mark your calendar!



As we grow, we need more Volunteers...
and We Want YOU!

We have a good time and make good friends through our shared interests in history.   Here are some ways we need you and hope one might interest you:
Volunteer one 3 hour shift per month in the museum (and there is archive and research work to do between visitors or you can just bring a good book.)

Powerful mapping project for history!
Learn to use ArcGIS and help us geo-locate historic sites, homes, rivers, etc. on historic maps overlaid on modern imagery.  Stay cutting edge (and yet it is not hard if you are comfortable with a computer) 

Do you like to garden and learn about historic plants and herbal medicines?  We’re forming a new Heritage Farm Herb Guild (and making a take home craft!)on

Can you help with genealogy research?
Come to either of the classes listed on page 5 for a refresher!

And, we like to go on field trips together:

Join us on Friday, April 10th as we car pool to Appomattox National Battlefield Park (and take a tour of the new Museum of the Confederacy) for the 150th Commemoration of the Surrender, stacking of arms, special living history demos and picnic lunch.


Have you visited lately?

It's continually being expanded, and now includes material abut a wide range
of fascinating subjects from early magazines! Click on the title....


Monthly Programs are made possible by a grant from the
W. Earle & Phyllis Collins Crank Memorial Endowment.

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Louisa County Historical Society • P.O. Box 1172 • Louisa, Virginia 23093 • 540-967-5975