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January 2020

Blue Ridge Chapter DAR Talk: Lafayette on Horseback and World War I

January 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Virginia

In October of 2017, dignitaries and the public assembled in Versailles, France to witness the rededication of two monumental bronze sculptures: one of Pershing and one of Lafayette, which had been commissioned, but never completed, in the aftermath of World War I. What the contemporary celebrants seemed to not know is that Paul Wayland Bartlett’s monument to Lafayette was originally conceived as a gift to the French people, many years before the Great War appeared on the horizon. But, Lafayette…

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March 2020

Philanthropy and Public History, a National Council on Public History Working Group

March 21, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, GA

In the 2017 Public History Employer Survey, practitioners noted that philanthropy is one of the biggest economic factors impacting the field of public history. However, few resources exist to help public historians navigate the ins and outs of developing sustainable fundraising strategy, communicating the value of history to funders, and dealing with how the interests of funders impact the collection, preservation, and interpretation of history. This working group will map out best practices for fundraising and grant seeking as they…

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