Design consultant John Crank will be arriving next Friday 02-12-16 at 2:00 pm to visit the Crossing of the Dan exhibit in the Prizery in South Boston (http://www.crossingofthedan.org/crossingofthedan/Visit.html).
Several members of the Halifax County Historical Society plan to attend.
During this preliminary design workshop you can re-iterate the limits of the panel display area and the best practices on content and graphics per NPS guidelines. In addition to whatever is shared at the meeting, at its conclusion, the local stakeholders will then have time to collect other specific information for a narrative outline, identify images supporting the storyline and fortify primary research materials.
I’ve extended an invitation to local historians who are valuable and supportive resources on the Southern Campaign-Greene’s troop movements, along with members of the VA Canals & Navigations Society and Dan River Basin Association to contribute on the history of the Banister.
As a refresher on the scope, please see the highlight from my 08-31-15 email to Dr. William E. Trout, author of the Dan River Atlas:
It is my intention to have the designer, John Crank, work with members of the Halifax County Historical Society, DRBA, Upper Reach and hopefully the VACNS, for the display content on the north and south sides of the kiosk. One panel will focus on an abbreviated natural history and human development-exploration/transportation use (native American fish weirs, Byrd’s Dividing Line, batteau navigation, mills & bridges, etc.) of the Banister. The second panel would be dedicated to Nathanael Greene’s Race to the Dan, illustrating his troop movements and resupply efforts at Camp Halifax Courthouse north of the Banister prior to his engaging the British at Guilford Courthouse as a critical chapter in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Some of the partners’ weblinks can be found below:
Again, I appreciate your patience and I think it is beneficial to re-engage with you as the consultant this way and to allow the group(s) willing to work on this time to delve into the research with a renewed focus.
Featured Speaker: Janet Uhlar
“Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene”
Janet Uhlar, author, lecturer, and screenplay writer, has written two books on forgotten heroes of the American Revolution. One is entitled Liberty’s Martyr: The Story of Dr. Joseph Warren, andthe other, which will be the topic of South Boston’s 2016 Crossing of the Dan Commemoration is Freedom’s Cost: The Story of General Nathanael Greene.
Uhlar’s passion for the American Revolution is evident. In her writing, she presents biography through the living, breathing form of biographical fiction. The characters lived; the events occurred.
The dialogue carries the stories. Janet firmly believes that when the private lives and unique personalities of historical figures are presented, and the dynamics between these characters brought out, history becomes much more than cold black print on a stark white page. History takes on a life of its own, with true flesh and blood individuals whose acts of courage, indifference, or cowardice shaped the world we live in today. This living history helps us relate to those who have gone before – offering inspiration, courage, and a sense of determination.
The author serves is on the Board of Trustees of the Nathanael Greene Homestead, and on the advisory board of the Mulberry Grove Foundation. Her lecture on Nathanael Greene was instrumental in the Valley Forge monument project (8/7/15) by the General Society of the Sons of the Revolution.
Additional Information from the events website:
Crossing of the Dan Receives National Recognition
As one of the American Revolutionary War’s Turning Points
The retreat to the Dan River began in January 1781 following an American victory at Cowpens in South Carolina. It soon became a “Race to the Dan” from North Carolina into Virginia, won by General Nathanael Greene February 14th when his troops crossed the rain-swollen Dan River at Irvin’s and Boyd’s ferries leaving Cornwallis’ troops stranded on the other side without boats. This tactical retreat saved the American Southern Army and the historical significance of the event, places the Dan River crossing on a unique list of landmark sites of the American Revolution. In September the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) elevated the event to national prominence. (2013 Reenactment photos courtesy of Joe Chandler, Gazette-Virginian Newspaper.)
Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.
Celebrate the 235th Anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan River
Chastain Theatre, The Prizery, and at site of Boyd’s Ferry (Riverside Exhibit Area)
Greetings and Presentation of Wreaths (Chastain Theatre, The Prizery)
Local officials, representatives of local and other chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution
and Daughters of the American Revolution
Recognition of the 6th Grade Essay Contest Winner
Speaker: Janet Uhlar
Author, lecturer and screenplay writer
Topic: Freedom’s Cost: The Story of Nathaneal Greene
(For more information about the speaker, click on the “Visit” section of the website.)
Procession to the Crossing Site/Riverside Exhibit
Weather permitting, guests may walk to the actual Boyd’s Ferry Crossing site where a dramatic re-enactment of the Crossing of the Dan by British and Colonial troops will complete the day’s activities. A replica of a ferry boat will transport troops across the river as muskets and cannons fire.
The permanent Crossing of the Dan exhibit, located on the 3rd-floor Banquet Hall of The Prizery, will
be open before and after the Saturday program.
For more information or for special needs, contact Anne Raab, Registrar, Berryman Green Chapter, NSDAR,
P. O. Box 515, Halifax, VA 24558, (434) 470-1350, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Bernard Baker, SAR Chapter, email@example.com .
For other information, visit:
The James River Batteau Festival campsite for Tuesday June 21, 2016 will be at Howardsville.
Please note that this site is owned by Mr. Jimmy Crews and he has given us permission to use this site for the JRBF. Please be respectful of this property and do not leave trash! Please observe the quite hours of 10:00 PM. Thank you.
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Local outfitters for canoe & kayak rentals and shuttle services:
The James River Batteau Festival campsite for Wednesday June 22, 2016 will be at Scottsville. Camping is available behind the old School, same as in prior years.
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Local outfitter for canoe and kayak rentals: