VCNS 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference to be held in Petersburg, VA

Virginia Canals and Navigations Society
38th Annual Conference & Membership Meeting
April 24 – 26, 2015
“Old Town” – Petersburg, Virginia

We are pleased to host this conference in partnership with FOLAR, a group dedicated to protecting the river and promoting its scenic natural beauty as well as its historical and cultural attributes.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 2015 VCNS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE: PROXY FORM FOR VOTING ON PROPOSED REVISED CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS AND SLATE OF OFFICERS IS COMBINED ON THE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION  FORM WITH MAILING INSTRUCTIONS.

NOTE: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PAY FOR YOUR REGISTRATION ONLINE PLEASE SEE THE VCNS ONLINE STORE “MEETING FEES” OR CLICK HERE.

Full conference Registration includes (conference materials may be picked up at the Petersburg Old Town Train Station, 103 River Street (23803)

Friday Afternoon 4 PM – Tour Petersburg on your own

Friday night 7 PM – Welcome reception (light hors d’Oeurves) at the Old Town

Train Station

Speaker Mr. Wayne Walton, Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR), who will talk about the goals and activities of the organization.

Saturday Morning:   Time TBA – FOLAR Festival, Ferndale Park, 24891 Ferndale Rd, Petersburg. (Park is also called the Appomattox Riverside Park)

****Walks on the towpath along canal, possible batteau ride on the Appomattox River Canal, canoeing/kayaking available

Afternoon:   Time TBA —   Auto Tour to toll locks/aqueduct and site of tidal

basin and the riverfront, ending at the train station.

Evening:        5:30 – 6:30 PM – Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

6:30 – 8:00 PM – Dinner

8:00 – 9:00 PM – Speaker

9:00 – 10:00 Open

Sunday AM Walk or parts of the Appomattox River trail or continue touring Petersburg

Lodging Options: There are numerous hotels/motels in the Petersburg area. The Visitors Center advised that the closer the location is to Fort Lee Army Base the more likely they will be booked by students and visitors to the base. Conference attendees shall make their own arrangements

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    VC&NS Constitution & Bylaws Committee Proposed New Bylaws:

    The VC&NS Bylaws Committee has proposed the following document to be approved at the annual meeting of members.

    Please See the Full Document – CLICK HERE.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A PROPOSAL WHICH ALL MEMBERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON BEFORE TAKING EFFECT.  YOU WILL RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS ON VOTING WITH YOUR SPRING CONFERENCE/ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING REGISTRATION MATERIALS.

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      Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe presented with a copy of the First Edition of the Chickahominy River Atlas by Dr. Bill Trout

      Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and VC&NS Trustee Dr. Bill Trout at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow

      Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (left) and VC&NS Trustee Dr. Bill Trout (right) at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow.

      Dr. Bill Trout presented Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe with the brand new Chickahominy River Atlas at the 63rd annual Chickahominy Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Providence Forge, Virginia on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. The Governor liked the new atlas very much.

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        The Chickahominy River Atlas – First Edition 2014 – Now Available!

        The Chickahominy River Atlas

        The Chickahominy River Atlas, by William E. Trout, III, Stran L. Trout, and Lyle E. Browning with the James River Association and the Chickahominy Tribes. 60 p. plus front and back covers; plastic spiral bound. “Rediscovering the land of the coarse pounded corn people.” First Edition – 2014. ISBN 978-1-888838-23-7. Published by William Holt Messerly, Jr. for the VC&NS.

        This new atlas has a high resolution color cover that is a reproduction of an original watercolor painting by artist William C. Hoffman.

        This is a very interesting atlas with information about the Chickahominy Indian Tribes and the first settlers at Jamestown up to modern times on the river.

        Dr. Trout will be at a Pow Wow event in Providence Forge, VA this weekend with some of the first copies available.

        You can now order online. VC&NS Members don’t forget to use your discount code to receive 20% off the $20 retail price. (Va Tax and S&H add’l).

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          Annual Meeting a Success!

          The Annual Meeting turned out real nice. The tours and meetings and meals and fellowship were great.

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            Marshall Expedition DVD available on the VC&NS online store

            The Marshall Expedition DVD

            The Marshall Expedition DVD

            The Marshall Expedition DVD is now available on our online store. The price is $20 plus tax and shipping. This is a must have. We have a limited quantity of 10 copies to start and will order more if we run out.

            Members don’t forget to ask for your 20% off discount code. If you just got your Tiller in the mail it is printed on the green paper for the Member bring in a Member special.

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              Canal Walk Trail video from Richmond Downtown to Maymont

              I found a nice video online of someone jogging from downtown Richmond up to Maymont  Park. The video is a little choppy but it’s worth taking a look at. Enjoy.

               

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                VC&NS “Home Fund” Established

                After 35 successful years as a nonprofit organization researching, educating, and advocating for Virginia canals, batteaux and other historic watercraft, the Virginia Canals and Navigations Society is ready to settle down and display Virginia’s rich cultural waterway heritage. As the only nonprofit organization in Virginia specializing specifically in the historic river highways that helped found our great nation,  (a once forgotten segment of history), VC&NS is uniquely positioned to create a museum of cultural waterway heritage of commonwealth and national interest. Throughout our 35 years, members have been collecting archives, artifacts and memorabilia of canal and river heritage and building navigable reproductions. It’s time to gather and share them with the public while also creating a much overdue VC&NS work place.

                The VC&NS Board of Governors at their December 1, 2012 meeting launched a fund drive for the purpose of establishing a VC&NS home with space for meetings, workshops, archives, library and museum.  We have begun the work of creating a funding plan, and needs assessment and exploring location possibilities.  Already we are receiving offers from communities that are interested in working with us! If you would like to assist our “Home” committee, please contact Ellen Neal, (434) 263-4745 or Philip deVos, (434) 299-5249.

                All donations to this temporarily restricted fund will be set aside for the express purpose of establishing a VC&NS home and if no home is established by December 1, 2017 (5 years from establishment date) then the VC&NS board of governors reserves the right to reevaluate and possibly reallocate the money towards the VC&NS general fund.

                Donate now to help VC&NS establish our “Home”. VC&NS is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Your donation to this fund is 100% tax deductible.

                Please send donations via usps to: VC&NS, c/o “Home Fund”, PO Box 62, Covesville, VA 22931-0062. Please write “Home Fund” on the for line of your check. You will be mailed a receipt for your tax deductible donation.

                We appreciate your donation via check as that saves us transactions fees that are charged by PayPal. However, if you would like to donate and use your credit card, we accept donations via PayPal. You can use your credit card or PayPal account. Select the “Donate Now” button below. Thank you.





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                  Inland Waterways International supports canal in Richmond

                  To all those interested in the future of Richmond’s historic canal:

                  The attached letter is from Mr. D.J. Ballinger, president of the international canal organization Inland Waterways International, containing a resolution of support for the preservation and wise use of the remains of the James River & Kanawha Canal in Richmond. Originally known as the James River Canal, it was the first operating canal system with locks in America. It first opened in 1789 and was completed into the Great Basin in 1800. The canal company elected George Washington as its honorary president and gave him a grand tour in 1791. Today, much of the canal is still intact in Richmond.

                  The resolution was passed at the annual World Canals Conference, held this year in Yangzhou, China, on China’s Grand Canal. For 25 years these conferences have been held annually in America or Europe, and now, for the first time, in the far east. This one was held in conjunction with the Sixth World Canal Cities Expo, which has been held annually in Yangzhou. The Chinese are making the most of their canal heritage. Communities along its length are working together to nominate the Grand Canal as a World Heritage Site, and are using it to create beautiful parks and waterways much beloved by both tourists and those who live there. Efforts like this are going on all over the world.

                  Richmond rightly prides itself as a River Town and has learned much from other river cities. But Richmond is also a Canal City. The technology and philosophy of canal park development is not the same as river park development. We need to work not only with other river cities, but with other canal cities and canal parks to learn how we can put our historic canal to its best use for our city. The sweep of the canal around Oregon Hill is in danger and needs our help.

                  Bill Trout

                  Letter supporting the canal in Richmond, VA from Inland Waterways International.

                   

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                    Richmond’s History along the canal also had a narrow gauge railroad.

                    Another aspect of the historical significance of the site of Venture Richmond’s proposed amphitheater is the narrow gauge railroad tracks that are on the towpath of the south bank of the canal.  This railroad track probably connected Tredegar Iron Works with the iron works on Belle Isle.  The stone pillars and one section of trestle for this railroad line still survive in the James River.  Since this the site of the proposed amphitheater was formerly part of the Tredegar Iron Works grounds, it is very likely that these railroad tracks were actually manufactured at Tredegar Iron Works, and they may be among the few surviving tracks made at this foundry.
                    These railroad tracks would have to be the first thing removed if the south bank of the canal were sliced as proposed by Venture Richmond, not only irreparably damaging the historic canal but this authentic Tredegar history as well.
                    Submitted by Charles Pool
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