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2016 Annual Membership Meeting

Join us on Sunday, March 13th, at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters, 1201 Caroline Street, for the 2016 HFFI Annual Membership Meeting. You do not need to be a member to attend—it is open to the public.
We will review all of the great work HFFI did in 2015, update you on the progress with the organization’s financial situation, vote on new board members, and present the 2016 Preservation Awards. We are also excited to announce that our special guest speaker will be Tabitha Hilliard, M.A., RPA, with her presentation “A Home, a Hotel, and a School: Remembering the Ross House (Union House).”
Ms. Hilliard and her collaborator, Keri Sansevere, have been studying the artifacts and data that were unearthed in 1991 when the Library Headquarters parking lot was renovated. Approximately 890 artifacts and many clues about the previous buildings were uncovered. Ms. Hilliard and Ms. Sansevere have been reanalyzing the data using modern technology and a fresh viewpoint. The presentation has received great reviews and is sure to interest local history enthusiasts who will enjoy a new look at Fredericksburg’s history.
The meeting begins at 2:00 p.m., preceded by a new member meet-and-greet at 1:30 p.m., (both in the Library Headquarters Theater Room, 1201 Caroline Street), and a small reception with light refreshments will follow.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Staffing Transitions at HFFI

With the new year, HFFI has again adjusted its staffing approach. Our wonderful Office Manager, Erin Benitez, who helped bring the 2015 Candlelight Tour to fruition, needed to leave us for other responsibilities, so the Board of Directors has decided to take a new approach to running HFFI and the Lewis Store.

We will divide the tasks among a bookkeeper, a Director of Operations, and the Board of Directors. Lori Syner, our previous Office Manager, will be returning to us to take care of our bookkeeping and financial matters; and our recent President, and long-time volunteer, Emily Taggart Schricker, will be moving into the staff position of acting Director of Operations. The Director of Operations will focus on establishing a volunteer base to manage the Lewis Store operations, various other HFFI tasks, and the annual Candlelight Tour. She will also work to keep our social media and public outreach at its best, including Facebook, our new website (and blog), and continued management of this newsletter. Have some suggestions or want to lend a hand? Contact her at
Preservation issues will be addressed largely by the Board of Directors, and HFFI will look to you, our preservation community and foundation members, to support us in getting the word out about historic preservation in Fredericksburg.
So many great new things happening at HFFI—we hope you will come be part of it!

Donovan Rypkema—Place Economics Lecture

What is Place Economics you ask?
Come to the University of Mary Washington on March 21st at 5:30 p.m. to learn more!

Place Economics is a company specializing in the measurement of the economic impacts of historic preservation. Donovan Rypkema, a principal of the company, is recognized as an industry leader in the economics of preserving historic structures. This is a highly relevant topic for Fredericksburg these days with the renewed interest in supporting our historic downtown and the surrounding historic areas.
Here are a few quotes from to ponder and inspire you to attend the March 21st lecture:
“It’s time to permanently eliminate the false choice of ‘we have to choose either to have economic development or historic preservation.’ ”—Donovan Rypkema,
Business in Savannah
“Rypkema believes historic preservation is, in and of itself, sustainable development. He pointed to numerous studies and examples from several U.S. cities he says back up his claim. He said rehabilitating historic buildings creates more jobs and income than new construction and many types of manufacturing and it often raises property values.”—The Montana Standard
Find out more about Mr. Rypkema’s lecture at the University of Mary Washington here.

It’s wonderful!  
It’s beautiful!  
It’s full of great information!

These are some of the responses we have heard about our new website!
Have you seen the new yet? It’s all new and will continue to grow and provide information about Fredericksburg and the work HFFI does.
Take a look and let us know what you think. Find something wrong, broken, or misspelled? Send us an
email! We want to know and are excited for you to experience it.
Be sure to keep an eye on the new website and
blog, as well as Facebook, for new articles and interesting reference information. Something you would like to know about? Let us know! We’ll do our best to get someone on the case.
Renew now!

It’s HFFI membership renewal time! Have you renewed yet? You can do it today from our website, or you can mail a check to us at 1200 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Please consider increasing your donation this year or perhaps choosing a higher level of membership. Did you know that you get free Candlelight Tour tickets with some donor levels? Visit our
website now to learn more.
Thank you so much for your financial support of HFFI—we appreciate every dollar you donate!

New Website Thank Yous

A special thank you to the many people that helped make our new WordPress website happen.

Thanks to Emily Taggart Schricker, who put a majority of the pages together and is keeping it up to date;
Rambletype Digital for hosting during our transition; Christina Dill and Websites for Anything for their advice and help; Sean Maroney for creating most of the content; multiple people with keen eyes for their help in editing; and all of the photographers who are allowing us to use their beautiful images.

More evidence that it is the community that gives HFFI its strength and that it is the community HFFI is here to support.


Mary Washington House Gift Shop Now Carries HFFI Holiday Ornaments

If you haven’t stopped by the new Mary Washington House Gift Shop—now is the time! Its newly expanded space and selection of items continues to grow!
Starting this week, the gift shop, located at 1200 Charles Street, will carry select, previous HFFI Candlelight Tour holiday ornaments! Gift shop manager, Jan Swager, is bringing these beautiful pieces of Fredericksburg history to life by displaying them for St. Patrick’s Day and in new uses such as jewelry and accessories. In addition, it is a wonderful way for the Washington Heritage Museum to financially help HFFI by assisting in the sale of our past ornament stock.
Stop by and see their new gift shop and the new take on our past ornaments, and enjoy the beauty of the Mary Washington House gardens as spring begins to take hold.
A special thank you to the Mary Washington House Gift Shop and Washington Heritage Museums for partnering with HFFI on this initiative. Working together, Fredericksburg’s history non-profits can certainly succeed.

Can you lend a hand?

The Lewis Store is open Wednesday–Friday from 12–3 p.m., but we need your help to make that happen! Can you volunteer a few hours a week? Every other week? Once a month? We would love to have you join us for the afternoon. Duties vary from light to more detailed—it’s up to you!
Please contact us at if you would like to volunteer or have questions about volunteering.

Virginia Historic Site Events

2/26: Missing the Mark on Mercy Street; Who Was the REAL Frank Stringfellow?—LOW Civil War Study Group

2/29: "Mercy Town: Fredericksburg, Its Hospitals, and the Men and Women Who Rushed to Help." Lecture—John Hennessey, NPS, Library Headquarters

3/7: Screening of Monroe Hill Documentary (rescheduled)—James Monroe Museum, to be held on UMW campus

3/21: Student Choice Lecture -Place Economics, featuring Donovan Rypkema—University of Mary Washington, Center for Historic Preservation

3/29 & 31: Grandparent/Grandchild One-Day Archaeology Camp—Ferry Farm

4/1: Civil War Kids Camp—Spotsylvania Parks & Rec

4/15: Tax Talks-Tax Rules of the Colonial Period—Rising Sun Tavern

4/16: Traveling by Land in the 18th Century—Rising Sun Tavern

5/1: May Day Garden Party and Art Auction at Historic Federal Hill—Friends of Chatham

Please check with the sponsoring organizations prior to any event to confirm details.
African-American History Month

HFFI is celebrating African-American History Month with our latest blog posts on the new and improved
Check out our latest posts.
“Henry Deane: African American Builder and Visionary” is a wonderful summary of the article written by Gary Stanton and Matt Scott (summary by Nancy Moore). If you like this post, stay tuned for the full article in the upcoming Journal of Fredericksburg History.
Coming soon is an article about the interesting, and underexplored, history of the 500 block of Princess Anne Street. Once the center of a vibrant African-American community, this block holds much more local history than many people realize.


Upcoming HFFI Events

HFFI Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 13, 2016
2:00 p.m., Reception to follow

1:30 p.m. New Member Meet & Greet

Join the HFFI Board of Directors, Staff, and members to review the past year and look forward to 2016. Event is open to the public.

HFFI Member-Only Spring Home Tour
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time and Location TBA

Free! Members only! Come tour one of Fredericksburg’s premier homes, followed by refreshments in the garden.

Preservation Walking Tour
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:00 a.m.

Location TBA

This walking tour will take a look at some of the victories of historic preservation, including explorations of several downtown buildings.

Route 1 Lecture
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time and Location TBA

After the AACA Classic Car Show in downtown, join us for a lecture and slide program showing off Fredericksburg in her mid-century glory

Read about the full 2016 events line up on our website.
Screening of Monroe Hill Documentary

The screening of the documentary Monroe Hill has been rescheduled to Monday, March 7th. It is being presented by the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library, but will take place on the UMW campus at the Hurley Convergence Center.
The documentary, by award-winning filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley, traces the roots and historical context of James Monroe's first home in Albemarle County and its transformation over a period of three decades to become the site of the University of Virginia in 1817.

UMW students research industry clusters downtown

Speaking of the economics of historic downtowns and economics…
“An innovative partnership between University of Mary Washington (UMW) students and Fredericksburg VA Main Street Inc. is researching whether industry-clustering would be effective for downtown economic development.” —Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism newsletter.
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