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Membership advantages include access to our free public programming schedule.

We invite you to join us for these upcoming in-person events!

Tuesday, September 28   |   12:00 – 1:15 pm

Every Student Should Have a Crazy Professor and Crazy Uncle: A Dual Citizen Compares American and Zambian Culture

Location: Ice House 117 127 W. Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mwizenge S. Tembo

Professor. Research Fellow. Photographer. Storyteller. Dual Citizen.

Each of these titles describe Dr. Mwizenge Tembo, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Bridgewater College. However, his story and lifelong educational journey began in the Lundazi district among the Tumbuka people of Eastern Zambia, where he developed a keen interest in storytelling, African traditional dances and drumming.

Join us as Dr. Tembo shares about his wide range of cultural experiences, his passion for preserving traditional African culture, and how Zambia and the United States have influenced and directed his educational journey.

Tuesday, October 12   |   12:00 – 1:15 pm

Crozet Tunnel Project

Location: ZOOM!

Guest Speaker: Charlottesville author Mary E. Lyons

In one of the greatest engineering feats of his time, Claudius Crozet led the completion of Virginia's Blue Ridge Tunnel in 1858. Two centuries later, the National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark still proudly stands, but the stories and lives of those who built it are the true lasting triumph. Irish immigrants fleeing the Great Hunger poured into America resolute for something to call their own. They would persevere through life in overcrowded shanties and years of blasting through rock to see the tunnel to completion.

Join Mary E. Lyons, author of The Blue Ridge Tunnel: A Remarkable Engineering Feat in Antebellum Virginia, as she presents a timeline of the construction of the Blue Ridge Railroad and Tunnel. It is a story of laborers not only struggling to build Crozet’s famed tunnel but also striving to build their American Dream.



Tuesday, October 26   |   12:00 – 1:15 pm

Woodrow Wilson: A Consequential and Controversial American President

Location: Ice House 117 127 W. Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Guest Speaker: George Gruner

George Gruner is a lifelong educator who has taught in elementary schools, served in the Vermont State Legislature, provided guest services at Monticello, and worked as a docent at the Woodrow Wilson Museum.

Join us as Gruner explores the life of President Woodrow Wilson and the physical, emotional and psychological issues he endured while navigating the 1918 flu pandemic, World War I, and the international peace negotiations that followed. We’ll also look at how his presidential decisions still affect our country and the world today.

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