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May - June 2022                                                                            Volume II - Issue 2
Courtyard Opening Celebration Planned for June 12

On Sunday, June 12, a community wide celebration will be held from 3 to 5 pm in the new Max Silver Memorial Courtyard to commemorate the opening of the Museum's new venue that honors Silver.   This outdoor space in the heart of Tappahannock is already being enjoyed by residents and visitors who stroll through the Courtyard on their walks around town and will serve as a wonderful site for living history programs, outdoor classrooms and community event space.  In addition to a short program to commemorate the new Courtyard, music, food and fun will be part of the opening festivities.  Be sure to mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate the "official" opening of the Courtyard on Sunday June 12!
Museum Pilots Student Intern Program

If you stop by the Museum on Tuesday morning or Thursday afternoon this Spring, you might see our Intern helping out with a variety of projects to include cataloging collection items, researching our next exhibit or preparing for a special event.   Working in partnership with St. Margaret’s School, the Museum is piloting a Student Internship program and hopes this will be an annual program that provides meaningful hands-on experiences for students who are interested in a wide range of experiences associated with Museum Science.

Student Field Trips to ECMHS Offer Fun Ways to Explore History

On May 5th, third graders from Aylett Country Day School will visit the Museum and participate in a history themed scavenger hunt that showcases Essex County History highlights.   Two weeks later, Tappahannock Elementary School will bring their first-grade classes to the Museum and the Max Silver Memorial Courtyard for a morning of activities to include an archeology dig, grinding corn and playing colonial era games in the new Courtyard.   We are delighted to welcome students to the Museum and have a variety of programs aimed at different age groups and interests.  If you are interested in organizing a field trip for your school or organization this summer or next fall, please contact
Quarterly Book Club Off and Reading!

The first ECMHS Book Club meeting took place March 23 at the Museum. The Club, which meets quarterly and focuses on books about history and historical fiction, chose Mary Ball Washington:  The Untold Story of George Washington’s Mother as their first selection and were joined by the author, Craig Shirley who also signed Member's books after the meeting.  

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at 3pm at the Museum and members will be reading Travels with George: In Search of Washington and his Legacy by Nathaniel Philbrick.    For more information or to join the Book Club, contact Vickie LaFollette at   
Annual Meeting Held at Historic Ben Lomond

The Museum held its 2022 Annual Meeting on March 27 at Ben Lomond, the circa 1730 home of Craig and Zorine Shirley in Dunnsville, GA.  Sixty members were in attendance and enjoyed a presentation on the Indigenous Cultural Landscape given by Dr. Julia King of St. Mary’s College and Chief Anne Richardson (pictured above) of the Rappahannock Tribe.
Dr. King and Chief Richardson described how documentary research, tribal oral histories and traditions, and archaeological findings are relocating the historical Indigenous Rappahannock landscape. The presentation highlighted important findings along the Rappahannock River and shared updates regarding the collaborative partnership between archaeologists and tribal members.  Afterwards, Museum members enjoyed refreshments and tours of the 18th-century house named for its resemblance to the Ben Lomond area in the Scottish Highlands and its grounds.
ECMHS Members play a vital role in supporting the Essex County Museum & Historical Society as volunteers and history advocates and their dues support exhibits, programs, children’s activities, special events, museum publications, and more.   Anyone wishing to join the Museum should visit the Museum’s website at Membership - Essex County Museum & Historical Society (  
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and Saturdays from 10 - 3.

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