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History Calendar for week of Sept. 16, 2012
Many former slave families, like this one in Richmond, crossed the Rappahannock River to achieve freedom. Commemorate it Sept. 22 at 'A Pilgrimage to Freedom.'
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"Culture and Cocktails: Back to School." 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13. Join Christopher Uebelhor, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center director of collections and exhibitions, to see never-seen school items (yearbooks, report cards, diplomas, more) from the collection. Light fare, open bar. Catherine W. Jones McKann Center, 1001 Princess Anne St. For museum members; registration required. Contact Melanie Johnson,
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Community Artist Series: Fiber Art opens Friday, Sept. 14, at Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center's Mansard Gallery, and displays work of several local fiber artists. Quilt National, a traveling exhibition on loan from Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, opens in museum's historic Council Chamber on Friday, Oct. 5. Features selections from biennial, juried competition dedicated to promotion of the contemporary art quilt. 540/371-3037, famcc.org.
Lafayette reception, Spotsylvania County Museum. 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15. Mine Run Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosts gathering and invites the public to celebrate unveiling of a Virginia historical marker to Marquis de Lafayette, Revolutionary War patriot, at Corbin's Bridge in Spotsylvania (see bit.ly/lafayspot). Reception will feature remarks by Lafayette biographer Marc Leepson, exhibit new Lafayette artifacts, and honor Spotsylvania resident Conway Richardson. Spotsylvania Courthouse Village. 9019 Old Battlefield Blvd.; 540/507-7278; bit.ly/spotmuseum.
Hymn-sing at Old Salem Church. 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16. Sing with JoySong Chorale at a "hymn-sing" in historic sanctuary around which a battle raged in May 1863, and hear brief history of the church. The group is the voice of JoySong Ministries, a nonprofit that brings music (voice or harp) to bed-ridden people in private homes and medical facilities. Music will date between 1845, when church was founded, and 1865. Free, but because seating is limited, pre-registration required. Call 540/786-3238 or email