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History Calendar for week of Jan. 13, 2013
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"The 1942 Expansion of Quantico Marine Corps Base." 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17. Stafford historian-author Jerrilynn Eby MacGregor sketches physical and social impacts on families, communities as the U.S. government confiscated homes to enlarge base's training facilities and maneuver areas during World War II. Federal officials notified residents of Stafford's northern fifth that they had two weeks to vacate their properties and move furniture, cattle, farm equipment. Families sacrificed for war effort. Eby MacGregor will give an illustrated address to the Stafford County Historical Society when it meets in Board of Supervisors chambers at George L. Gordon Jr. Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road. Free. Everyone welcome. staffordcountyhistoricalsociety.org.
Robert E. Lee's Birthday Celebration. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19. Mark Lee's 206th birthday at Stratford Hall. Attractions include Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, book-signing by Dr. James "Bud" Robertson in Gift Shop at 4 p.m., living-history portrayal of Robert E. Lee, live music and complimentary tours of Great House. Free admission. 483 Great House Road, Westmoreland. 804/493-8038; stratfordhall.org.
"The Union Army's 'Valley Forge' 1863: 93 Days That Saved America." Wednesday, Jan. 23. Local historian and author Al Conner, president of Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg, discusses army's pivotal experiences in Stafford County. (Part 1 of two talks; conclusion on Feb. 27.) At University of Mary Washington's Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover St. Bar opens 5:45 p.m., social 6 p.m., dinner 6:45 p.m., program 7:30 p.m. Reservations required; 540/361-2105. Coats, ties for men; equivalent for ladies. civilwar roundtablefredericksburg.com.