HRF Winter Lecture and a Dedicated Monumental Fan!

 

St. Catherine's School

On Feb. 23rd, I had the privilege of giving the second winter lecture in the Historic Richmond Foundation’s 2012 series. It started with a dinner at St. Catherine’s School, where I enjoyed talking with a number of attendees. What a surprise to meet the creator of a website about Rev. Dr. Richard Channing Moore (his ancestor). I’d checked out the website in the past and it’s really worth a visit if you’re interested in the former Bishop and Monumental Church’s first rector (and I can only assume you are!) 🙂  Mr. Hall won the award for most dedicated attendee, having driven all the way from West Virginia to participate!

The lecture focused on the founding of Monumental Church and some of the controversies that arose over ownership, funding, and who should be its pastor, with some good 19th century gossipy bits. I think about 40 or 50 people attended, and there were good questions at the end.

The Lecture Hall (this is beforehand--there was a good turnout!)

I was not able to sign books, as a printing delay meant they weren’t ready. Sad. But I will be signing books after the 3rd HRF winter lecture on March 15th, so all is not lost. Besides, I will get to hear Dr. Brownell dish about Monumental’s construction and he’s promising some surprising new information, which I’m eager to hear. (You can purchase lecture tickets here.) Always great fun to meet others who enjoy Virginia history, and the Historic Richmond Foundation staff are (as always) charming hosts.