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Tell Your Charlottesville Story on cvillepedia

cvillepedia is Charlottesville’s collaborative community encyclopedia that you can edit. As part of the Celebrate!250 festival, this will be a workshop on how to add your Charlottesville story to cvillepedia. cvillepedia is built with the same software as Wikipedia, and this workshop will take you through the basics – how to use it to search for and enter information. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, if possible.

Central Library, 3rd floor, March 13, 6-7:30pm

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The People of 250: Mark Beliles

In this, the second of a brand new series on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network we talk to some of the people behind Charlottesville’s 250th birthday celebration. In this episode, CPN’s Dan Gould talks with Mark Beliles, co-chairman of the Celebrate!250 organizing committee.

Learn about how the Celebrate!250 committee was formed and about some of the great work its doing to help Charlottesville celebrate its 250th anniversary. Dan and Mark talk about the opening of the time capsule in May and about the gala celebration in November.

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Celebrate!250 History Talks

List of Celebrate 250 talks in City Council Chambers.  Hosted by the City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

All talks to be held at noon on Tuesdays.

Tuesday, January 17:  Karenne Wood, Director, Virginia Indian Heritage Program
“Monacan Indians: Here Before Charlottesville was Charlottesville”

Tuesday, January 24: Rick Britton, Local Historian
“Dr. Thomas Walker and the Founding of Charlottesville”

Tuesday, January 31: Nancy O’Brien and Virginia Daugherty
“A Unique Collection of Portraits:  Firsts in Charlottesville
Artist Frances Brand, The Purple Lady”

Tuesday, February 7:  Dennis Bigelow, “James Monroe” from Ash Lawn.
“A Visit with James Monroe”

Tuesday, February 21:  Rick Britton, local Historian
“Central Virginia During the Civil War”

Tuesday, February 28: Harriet Kuhr, Director of the Charlottesville International Rescue Committee
“The Changing Faces of Charlottesville”

Tuesday, March 6:  Dr. M. Rick Turner
“A History of African-American Students at UVa”

Tuesday, March 13:  Lucia (Cinder) Stanton, Shannon Senior Historian, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
“From Monticello to Main Street: African Americans in Charlottesville”

Tuesday, March 20: David Ronka, Manager of Special Programs at Monticello
“Aurelia Crawford, interpreter of history at Monticello – Mulberry Row: Monticello’s Main Street”

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Charlottesville Local Documents

You can now download Charlottesville Local Documents as eBooks on to your computer.

Check out the exhibit (all January) of some Charlottesville Local Documents at the Central Library.

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History of Transportation in Charlottesville

Charlottesville on the Move

Historical Display: A Pictorial History of Transportation in Charlottesville at City Space. Photographs from late 1890’s to the present show all aspects of transportation from early buses, cars, road paving, and service vehicles. Exhibit will be shown until the end of January. This display was assembled by Steve Trumbull.

Audio story by Steve Trumbull.

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Kickoff Events during First Night Virginia

Ring in the New Year with Celebrate!250 events that are part of First Night Virginia!

Starting at 1:00pm

  • Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Open House and Historical Exhibit 1-5pm
  • Historical Downtown Scavenger Hunt 1-5pm
  •  Historical Display: A Pictorial History of Transportation in Charlottesville, CitySpace, 1-8pm

City Hall Council Chambers Events:

  • 2:00pm Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life, free, City Hall
  • 4:00pm Community Photo Series: A Walk in Charlottesville in 1976 with John Shepard
  • 5:00pm Community Discussion Series: The History of the Charlottesville Police Department with Bob Romanac
  • 7:00pm & 8:00pm Looking Back: Recollections of Charlottesville with Preston Coiner

The nTelos Wireless Pavilion is THE place to be New Year’s Eve
as we count down to midnight!

  • 4:00pm Images of Charlottesville Over the Past 100 Years, by Steve Trumbull of Charlottesville Then and Now
  • 6:00pm Celebrate!250 Launch Party
  • 6:30pm Celebrate!250 Laser Show – featuring music from classic rock to today’s latest hits (Sponsored by Charlottesville Gas)
  • 7:30pm Airing of UVA Chick Fil-A Bowl Game. Watch the Cavaliers play the Auburn Tigers on the BIG screen
  • 11:00pm Musical performance by local favorites The Gladstones  – Straight, old school rock ‘n’ roll of every variety
  • 11:45pm Laser Light Show by Lasertainment Prepare to be amazed by this spectacular laser light show, finished off with the Midnight Ball Drop (Sponsored by Charlottesville Gas)
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Celebrate!250 Picks Up its Fiftieth Community Partner

Announcement Comes Just Prior to the Launch at  First Night Virginia

The City of Charlottesville announced today a new Celebrate!250 partnership with the Heritage Theater to feature the play “1776” during the summer of 2012.  With construction continuing on the Culbreth Theater, this will be the only Heritage production to be held next summer and is being done to honor the 250th anniversary of the founding of Charlottesville. With this partnership, fifty community partners have now been identified to contribute to the celebration through seminars, festivals, and cultural and special events. These include: First Night Virginia, the University of Virginia, Monticello, the Chamber of Commerce, the Festival of the Photo, the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Virginia Film Festival, and the Piedmont Council for the Arts, to name a few.

For over a year, the 250th Steering Committee, city staff, and volunteers have been planning for a series of events to entertain, inspire, and educate residents and visitors on the diverse stories that have made the city so unique and valuable. To follow is a summary of just some of the events that are set to take place specifically for Celebrate 250:

  • The Virginia Festival of History will take place in late May and will involve re-enactments, seminars, and cultural events to highlight Charlottesville’s history.
  • A series of historically relevant seminars will  be held in partnership with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities early in 2012.
  • In partnership with Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, downtown tours of historic areas will be expanded from April to October.
  • Curriculum and special projects and events are being planned with all grades of Charlottesville City Schools.
  • A year-long partnership with Charlottesville Tomorrow and Cvillepedia will chronicle family stories and use the web in an interactive way to tell the diverse stories of our citizens.
  • Town hall meetings held this year with activities in all neighborhoods across the city will  engage the residents and facilitate better relationships between adjacent neighborhoods.

A reception to honor our partners will be held on Monday, December 12th at 4pm at City Space.  The media is welcomed to attend.

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New history festival to be hosted by Celebrate!250

The Virginia Festival of History will start as part of Charlottesville’s celebrations of its 250th anniversary, but organizers hope it’ll become an annual feature.  more info

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Reception for Partners

Everyone is invited to an
Open Reception for the Celebrate!250 Partners

Monday, Dec 12, 4 pm
City Space, Downtown Mall

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