When: Sat., Dec. 9, 11 a.m. 2017
The Chesterfield Historical Society, in cooperation with Chesterfield’s Parks and Recreation Department, will present a lecture at the County Museum on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Alexander Barnes, command historian for the Virginia National Guard and author of several military history books,including "In a Strange Land: the American Occupation of Germany, 1918-1923." Barnes is a retired chief warrant officer from the Virginia National Guard and also retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Lee in 2015 after 30 years of service as an Army civilian. He will discuss Virginia’s critical role in the United States’ efforts in the First World War. Virginia’s strategic geographic location made it a central hub for shipping soldiers, animals and equipment to France to support the Army. Virginia would become home to many of the critically important training sites for the Army, Navy, and the Marines. All of these activities left traces that remain today. The presentation will share that story and images of some of these locations.Seating will be limited. After the lecture, all are welcome to tour the County Museum and Old Jail, where visitors can view a temporary exhibit commemorating the centennial of Fort Lee. For information, call the County Museum at 768-7311. While the event is free, donations are welcome.