The York County Historical Committee is an advisory body to the York County Board of Supervisors that serves in order to document, celebrate, and perpetuate York County’s historical importance, and to keep alive the traditions which form the foundations of America’s heritage. The Historical Committee accomplishes this goal by sharing information about York County history with the community, and by organizing various community events.
PERPETUATING YORK COUNTY HISTORY
Free Public Historical Lectures at York Hall - 301 Main Street, Yorktown
Sunday, February 17, 3:00 pm
Topic: “Frederick Douglass Live”
Speaker: Nathan M. Richardson
In honor of Black History Month, poet and author Nathan Richardson will bring history to life by portraying Frederick Douglass, the great writer, orator, and abolitionist. The highly-acclaimed Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour has enthralled audiences in numerous venues across the country. Douglass speaks of his life as a slave, his escape to freedom, and rise to leadership in the abolitionist movement. Mr. Richardson’s published works will be available for signing/sale.
Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm
Topic: “Airship Roma: A Forgotten Tragedy”
Speaker: Nancy E. Sheppard
Based on her 2016 book, The Airship ROMA Disaster in Hampton Roads, writer and historian Nancy E. Sheppard discusses the deadliest disaster of a U.S. airship in American history. Ms. Sheppard will reveal details and never before published imagery of the 1922 crash of one of the last great airships. This book and her latest work, Murder and Mayhem in Hampton Roads, will be available for signing/sale.
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 pm
Topic: “D-DAY: The Great Invasion”
Speaker: M. Clayton Farrington
June 6th will mark the 75th anniversary of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The successful landings on France’s Normandy coast against heavy odds marked the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. M. Clayton Farrington, Editor/Historian of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, will describe the meticulous preparation, coordination, and hazardous execution of what became known simply as “D-Day.” He will discuss the famous as well as little-known contributions of Virginia and the heroic sacrifices of its people in this great endeavor.