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A series of four lectures on various aspects of Botetourt County’s early history will be presented at the Historical Society of Western Virginia and O. Winston Link Museum in connection with the current “250+1 Year of Delight” decorative arts exhibit. Beginning June 30, the talks will also be presented live on the History Museum’s Facebook page for those unable to travel or those not comfortable being in public at this time.

Wednesday, June 30, 7 PM: “Oriskany to Indian Rock: Sampling the Highlights of Botetourt County’s Rich Architectural Heritage.”

Michael Pulice, Architectural Historian with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, highlights Botetourt’s colonial and antebellum architecture. His presentation includes an illustrated tour of some of the County’s most interesting buildings and structures dating as far back as the colonial period. Botetourt County has a diverse array of significant buildings and structures, including those related to agriculture, commerce, education, industry, transportation, religion and domestic life.

Wednesday, July 21, 7 PM: Tom Klatka will focus on Botetourt’s pre-contact Native American settlements.

Wednesday, August 11, 7 PM: Peggy Crosson, Kip and Lyn Burton will discuss Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Eastern Legacy Trail and its relation to Botetourt.

Thursday, September 16, 7 PM: Wallace Gusler will showcase Botetourt’s riflemen and riflemakers.

All lectures free and open to the public thanks to sponsors including Norris Incorporated, the Bank of Botetourt, and Virginia Humanities.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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