February 2020 - The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC)
Start your historical journey here. RELIC's email newsletter highlights upcoming free events and happenings. Genealogy and local Virginia history are our specialty as a service provided by the Prince William Public Library System. We're located at Bull Run Regional Library and you can always find more about us at pwcgov.org/relic.
Discovering African American family history prior to 1865 can be difficult. There are special challenges to finding documentation during the age of slavery. RELIC's Don Wilson will identify sources that can be used to trace lives and relationships while demonstrating the process using a case study approach.

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

In late 19th century Virginia, educational opportunities for African Americans were slim. Jennie Dean, a former slave, was inspired to uplift her people. Learn how vision, faith, and exceptional fundraising established an industrial school for young people of color in Manassas. Presented by Ellie Hill from the Manassas Museum. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

Why is it important to write your family history? You've done the research. You know the stories. Now it's time to share your findings with family, the genealogical community, and generations to come. Author and genealogist, Char McCargo-Bah, will teach you how to convert your research into an engaging and interesting narrative.

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By the end of the Civil War, 200,000 black soldiers were serving in the Federal Army. After the war, many decided not to return to a life of sharecropping and racial oppression, instead volunteering to battle outlaws and Indian raiders along the western frontier. This program uses reenactments and the expertise of military historians to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, a name given to black troops by their Native American adversaries.

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

NEW ON OUR WEBSITE: Watch RELIC Program "Complicated, Very Complicated: George Washington's Relationship with His Mother"
Thanks to coordination with our Library's Office of Community Engagement, we now have a video of a recent RELIC program ready for you to view. We expect that selective future events will also be recorded and added to our Programs page. You can now see Dr. Peter Henriques' talk "Complicated, Very Complicated: George Washington's Relationship with his Mother" (December 5, 2019) on RELIC's Program web page.
Recently added to RELIC's Digital Archives: The book
Kopp, Virginia by Raymond W. Woolfenden, courtesy of the author.

Save the Date

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Sixth Annual Prince William/Manassas History Symposium will be held at the Old Manassas Court House on the corner of Grant and Lee Avenues.
Sponsored by the County Historic Preservation Division, the County Historical Commission, Historic Prince William, and the Manassas Museum, this year's topics include:

  • The Freedman's Bureau in Prince William County
  • The Legend of "Stonewall"
  • Prince William County's Frontiersman: Simon Kenton
  • The Life of Robert Carter III, Virginia's First Emancipator
  • Lady Spies of the O.S.S. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020
A guided tour of selected historic homes in Prince William County. Find more details on the Historic Preservation Division website.

Preservation for Home Archives
Archivist Gabrielle Sanchez will introduce participants to the basics of preservation and discuss the best ways to house and protect personal archives. Topics include proper handling of letters, books, photographs, and other media, threats to paper and electronic media, and the dangers of non-archival storage products.

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]

Battle at Brawner_s Farm
Historian Lionel Raymond will take us through the lead up to and action at Brawner's Farm, a significant episode in the Battle of Second Manassas, August 1862.

To read the latest lists of new materials available, please click on What's New in RELIC.

Unless otherwise stated, all of the preceding programs will take place at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, Virginia. Programs may last from 60 to 90 minutes. *Funding for selected RELIC programs is provided by the Friends of Bull Run Library. You may register for any of these free programs at 703-792-4540 or email [email protected]. You may also register online at RELIC Programs.

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Questions and comments are always welcome.
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