October 23, 2017

Fredericksburg to demolish building to expand library parking lot (The Free Lance-Star)

Mary Washington House renovations shed new light on historic home (The Free Lance-Star)

UK Historic Preservation Symposium wins state award (Lane Report.com)

Program Saturday to Explain How to Determine a Building’s Age (Fauquier.com)

Tree-planting Debate Expands Citywide in Fredericksburg (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Dreams of the Civil War (WAMU FM)

UMW Historic Preservation Professor to Appear on “With Good Reason” (Fredericksburg.Com)

Historic Preservation Professor to Appear on Radio Program

Michael Spencer, assistant professor of historic preservation, will appear on the public radio show “With Good Reason” to discuss his class’s efforts to preserve a small church in Falmouth. The show, “Dreams of the Civil War,” will air beginning on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer

The program also will feature commentary from instructors from several Virginia institutions, including Christopher Newport University and Norfolk State University. Topics of the show will include life during the Civil War, the influence of slave culture and American colonial essayists. Audio files of the full program and its companion news feature will be posted online the week of the show at withgoodreasonradio.org/2013/11/dreams-of-the-civil-war/.

“With Good Reason” is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show airs weekly in Fredericksburg on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital. To listen from outside of the Fredericksburg area, a complete list of air times and links to corresponding radio stations can be found at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen/.

UMW Student Coordinates Historic Community Event

A University of Mary Washington student has taken her historic preservation studies far beyond the classroom with a historic Route 1 tour that kicked off Saturday, Sept. 7 at Riverfront Park in Fredericksburg.

Emily Taggart Frickner coordinated the Vintage Route 1 Tour on Saturday, September 7

Emily Taggart Schricker coordinated the Vintage Route 1 Tour on Saturday, September 7

“You have to start with a community that wants to preserve their history,” said Emily Taggart Schricker, a volunteer at the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, who has been an integral part of the planning process for The Route 1 Tour and Fredericksburg Community Day. Last year’s tour brought more than 1,000 participants, and even more were expected this year.

“There will be something for everybody who might want to come downtown,” said Taggart Schricker, a historic preservation major. The Route 1 Tour events included a classic car display, vintage fashion show, live music, children’s activities and food tastings. “They will definitely learn some hidden gems about the things they drive past every day.”

A majority of the events were free, with trolley and walking tour tickets available for purchase online and at the event on Saturday.

UMW student volunteers helped out at many of Saturday’s events. UMW faculty members also were involved, including Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation Michael Spencer and Adjunct Professor of Historic Preservation Kerri Barile. Three out of four event tour guides were Mary Washington graduates, Taggart Schricker said.

The idea for the event, now in its second year, started in October 2011 when Taggart Schricker started volunteering on HFFI’s event committee.

“I suggested doing a tour of Fredericksburg’s 20th-century buildings,” she said.

Her event became a focus on historic Route 1 after a suggestion from HFFI Executive Director Sean Maroney.

“Fredericksburg is a town rich in history, but the 20th century hasn’t always gotten a lot of focus,” said Maroney, citing the large emphasis that is often put on Fredericksburg’s Revolutionary War and Civil War past.

Many of Fredericksburg’s unique features came in the 20th century, he explained, when U.S. Route 1 went straight through Fredericksburg on Princess Anne Street and Lafayette Boulevard. Gas stations, hotels and lunch counters popped up to accommodate the travelers.

Taggart Schricker spent the summer working on the event, researching, organizing, finding sponsors, getting downtown stores involved and making phone calls.

“It’s a great way to revitalize downtown,” Maroney said. “It’s about raising and promoting awareness for the very rich history in Fredericksburg.”

More information can be found at http://www.vintageroute1.com/. Event proceeds will benefit the HFFI, which preserves, protects and restores the city of Fredericksburg and its history.

Michael Spencer’s Class Featured on C-SPAN 3

Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer

A lecture from Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation Michael Spencer’s American Building class will air this weekend on C-SPAN 3. The lecture and class session, focused on Spencer’s work at the Mary Washington House, will air on Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. and midnight and on Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. A crew from C-SPAN filmed the class session at UMW in January.