Civil War Lecture: Dr. Paul Quigley- "Smithfield's Civil War"

Dr. Paul Quigley and Virginia Center for Civil War Studies










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Wednesday, September 29, 2021 

5--6p (including Q&A)

Maximum capacity: 100


We're a long way from Gettysburg and Manassas, but Blacksburg and the surrounding region were deeply embedded in the national stories of the Civil War and emancipation. Learn about the roles the local families played in secession and war, the rocky process of emancipation and resistance to white domination, and the night Union forces passed through Blacksburg. 


Lecture Follow-up on November 6: "Truth and Lies about Civil War Colored Regiments in SwVa)


$5.00
​​Register by emailing info@historicsmithfield.org

Capacities are subject to change with Virginia and regional COVID guidelines.

Blacksmithing Class 105a: Flint Strikers

Participants will hand-forge a functional flint striker. No experience needed.











​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Conditions: participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.   

 

Maximum capacity: 5 per class - Face masks requirement as per Town of Blacksburg ordinances.


Sunday, September 26, 2021 

10am- 4pm End times vary depending on student progress; instructors available until 4pm.


$90 for Blacksburg residents, $100 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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Blacksmithing Class 105: Courting Candlestick Holder

Participants will hand forge a decorative courting candle holder. No experience needed.













​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Conditions: participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.   

 

Maximum capacity: 5 per class - Face masks requirement as per Town of Blacksburg ordinances.


Sunday, September 12, 2021 

10am- 4pm End times vary depending on student progress; instructors available until 4pm.


$90 for Blacksburg residents, $100 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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The Courting Candlestick was used by a young girl's father when her suitor came courting. When the candle burned down to the metal, courting time was over. If the father liked the fellow, he might set the candle on one of the higher rings, giving them a long visit.

Classes and Lectures at Smithfield

Beginning Basket Weaving

Participants will learn how to construct and weave a basic ribbed grapevine basket. Day 1 includes initial demonstration and instruction with the remainder of class time used to work on baskets. Day 2 is primarily additional time to work on baskets. No experience necessary










​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy

 

Maximum capacity: 5 per class - Face masks requirement as per Town of Blacksburg ordinances.


Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2021 

10am- 4pm End times vary depending on student progress; instructors available until 4pm.


$75 for Blacksburg residents, $80 for non-residents 

Registration through Blacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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Late Summer and Fall Schedule 2021

There are many styles of learning. Whatever style you prefer, Smithfield has something for you, from hands-on workshops, to walking tours, lectures and town halls.  Our offerings are updated regularly, so be sure to check with us often!


Grapevine Basket.

Blacksmithing Class 101a: J Hooks

Participants will learn the basics of the art of blacksmithing and will learn to forge a J hook. No experience necessary.​












​​Experience required None

Difficulty Level Easy to Moderate

Conditions: participants will work around coal smoke and open flame; extreme caution is required. Additional safety information provided after registration.  Participants must sign a waver.   

 

Maximum capacity: 5 per class - Face masks requirement as per Town of Blacksburg ordinances.


Sunday, September 19, 2021 

10am- 4pm End times vary depending on student progress; instructors available until 4pm.


$90 for Blacksburg residents, $100 for non-residents 

Registration throughBlacksburg Parks and Recreation use keyword search Smithfield

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