Friday, July 21, 2017

Excerpts in History from UVA Professor's Book

The following excerpts are from the first part of "The American Colonies: The Settling of North America," Alan Taylor, Penguin Books, 2001. 
 
         "By 1616 the Virginia Company had transported more than seventeen hundred people to the Chesapeake and spent well over  50,000 pounds - an immense amount for that century - yet all it had to show for the investment was an unprofitable town of 350 diseased and hungry colonists."

           "Ahead of his time, King James fought a losing battle when he denounced smoking as "a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, [and] dangerous to the lungs." Eventually he learned to love the large revenues that the crown derived from taxing tobacco imports." 

            "An elitist, Berkeley did not truck with radical notions like freedom of the press or public education for common people.  In 1671 he declared, "I thank God, there are no free schools  nor printing [in Virginia], and I hope we shall not have these [for a] hundred years for learning has brought disobedience and heresy...into the world, and printing has divulged them, and libels against the best government.  God keep us from both!" 

             "Before 1670, planters developed no systematic legal code to regulate slaves, because they were so few."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

House of Burgesses Chapter Marks 50th


House of Burgesses Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames 17th Century marked its 50th anniversary with a celebration of 1967. A program about the Chapter founder, Nancy Estes, was enjoyed. Dames wore pillbox hats and time period clothing. A hippie attended and passed out peace, love, and flowers. Dames answered questions pertaining to the accomplishments of the chapter for the past 50 years: over 300 Ancestors from the 1600s have been recorded; 5 historical places, and several grave sites have been marked; members have served on the State and National level in the organization and participate in local community historical events.  The Colonial Dames have contributed historical books to the National library and serve as volunteer genealogists for the National Society.  One of their many fund raisers is for Veterans, particularly McGuire Hospital in Richmond.  (Submitted by Ella Mabie.)
Changing of the Guard

New President and Vice President
Smart Pillboxes
New Officers