Thursday, October 30, 2008

Eisenhower legacy illuminated

A revealing 60-minute retrospective entitled Mandate for Change: The Leadership and Legacy of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is being presented by Gar Schulin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Bealeton Library. The lecture is free and registration is not required.

Eisenhower's skills are largely overlooked or discounted in contemporary schools and universities, according to Schulin. As a result, the former president remains largely unknown to younger generations of Americans despite his foreign and domestic policy achievements.

The retrospective will include many accounts of events as related by those who knew the president during his White House years. Eisenhower was referred to as "The President Nobody Knew" by former Special Assistant Arthur Larson and his presidential style was characterized as "The Hidden-Hand Presidency" by historian Fred Greenstein. The lecture will present an informative overview of Eisenhower's remarkable leadership skills and complexities within the context of his administrations, which spanned 1953 to 1961.

Personal glimpses of the enormously popular president and his beloved wife Mamie, who both enjoyed living in the White House after decades of transient U.S. Army life, will be included. An examination of Eisenhower's retirement years as a private citizen and former president provides insight to his relationships with his White House successors.

Lecture presenter Gar Schulin, a Warrenton resident, is a career Defense Department employee. His undergraduate and graduate education includes the United States Naval Academy and George Mason University.

Schulin's preservation and community service includes memberships in the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter; Sons of Confederate Veterans, Black Horse Camp #780; The Liberty Heritage Society; Brandy Station Foundation; Fauquier County War Between the States Roundtable; and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation.He is also a member of the Association of Scientists and Engineers (ASE) of the Naval Sea Systems Command; the National Air and Space Society; past president of the Baltimore-Washington Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE); and a former Smithsonian research assistant and museum docent. He helped open the National Air and Space Museum in 1976. His articles on historic topics have appeared in local and national newspapers, magazines and Internet publications.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Authors, historians talk about Mosby

A panel of noted local authors and historians will present a symposium examining the life and legacy of Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby from 1 p.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the John Barton Payne Building, Warrenton. Members of the panel are: Dave Goetz, Tom Evans, Greg Dudding and Don Hakenson.

Dave Goetz, owner of Mosby's Confederacy, Inc., will kick-off the symposium with a presentation on The Postwar Relationship Between John S. Mosby and Ulysses S. Grant. Mr. Goetz leads tours in “Mosby's Confederacy,” including the Virginia counties of Fauquier, Loudoun, Warren, Clarke and Fairfax. He has served on the Board of Directors of the John Singleton Mosby Museum Foundation in Warrenton, Virginia, which is restoring the house where the Mosby family lived between 1875-77. Mr. Goetz is co-authoring the book The Life and Times of John Singleton Mosby.
Tom Evans’ presentation is entitled Mosby at Hunter's Mill. Mr. Evans, a veteran tour guide, writer, and photographer, has spent years researching skirmish sites, residences, locations where Mosby held rendezvous with his rangers, and other points of interest. He is a charter member of the Stuart-Mosby Society and has led many historical organizations on tours of places prominent in Mosby's life and military career.

Greg Dudding will discuss events surrounding Mosby from “the beginning” to the Fairfax Courthouse raid. Mr. Dudding has been a historian for many years and is an expert on the 17th Virginia Infantry. He is the current president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and conducts Mosby Confederacy Tours with Don Hakenson for that organization. He has been a Civil War re-enactor and living historian for more than 12 years and lectures at the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir about the life and equipment of Civil War soldiers.

Don Hakenson will talk about Mosby’s War Years. Mr. Hakenson has spent the last 20 years researching, analyzing and visiting little known civil war skirmish sites and other locations, especially those related to Col. John S. Mosby and his Rangers. He is a past president of the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society and has published This Forgotten Land: A Tour of Civil War Sites and Other Historical Landmarks South of Alexandria, Virginia. He co-authored two books with Greg Dudding about Mosby and his men.

The symposium, a Fauquier County 250th celebration event, is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call (540) 341-7019 for information and to register.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Friends celebrate, host book sale

Friends of the Library groups across the nation are celebrating their organizations and libraries this month. Friends of the Fauquier Library, a nonprofit organization, provides funding for special programs and services that expand and enrich the library's regular budget through membership dues, fundraisers and proceeds from The Book Cellar, a used book store.

Friends will host a huge book sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, in the Book Cellar and, weather permitting, at an outdoor sale as well. Sale prices will be posted in the Book Cellar while the sidewalk sale will feature hardcover books for 50 cents and paperbacks for 25 cents.
All proceeds from Friends fundraisers support the library.

“I don’t know where we would be without the Friends,” says Library Director Maria Del Rosso. “They helped sponsor hundreds of library programs in 2008 that would not have been possible through funds normally available for library operations. I think most patrons would be surprised to learn how many of the services and programs they enjoy are supported by the Friends.”

Contributions, both in donations, membership dues, and time volunteered are crucial to the vitality of the Friends of the Fauquier Library.

“The library has always played such an important role in my life and in my family’s life,” said Friends president Tina Ross. “I truly enjoy being able to give something back – and being an active member of this group is fun!”
Currently, anyone joining the Friends or renewing their membership will receive a coupon for an attractive, heavy duty tote bag bearing the Friends logo redeemable at The Book Cellar or at any Fauquier library.Call (540) 439-1939 for more information about the Friends or to volunteer in The Book Cellar.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Genealogists getting one-on-one help

Hearing family stories and glimpsing into the past is often enjoyable and rewarding, but researching ancestors can be frustrating, especially for a beginning genealogist. If you are just beginning your genealogy research, you have encountered a genealogical puzzle, or you just need some guidance, you’ll have several opportunities for personalized help over the next few weeks.

Reference Librarian Mary Sue Marsh is now scheduling 30-minute one-on-one sessions with individuals needing help with genealogy research.
Appointment sessions are between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 and between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 12 and 19 at the Warrenton Library. Call (540) 347-8750, ext. 6, or e-mail to register for a one-on-one session.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fund-raising basics covered

A representative from the Foundation Center — the nation's leading authority on philanthropy — is presenting a free introduction to grant-seeking basics this month.

Representatives of nonprofit organizations and others searching for grants from foundations, corporations, and public charities will not want to miss this upcoming event, especially in light of the state of the economy and competition for grant funds.

Grant-seeking Basics will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the John Barton Payne Building. Registration is required and limited to one representative per organization. Call or e-mail Natalie Swart, (540) 439-9728, with questions or to register.

Patricia Pasqual, Director of the Foundation Center's Washington, D.C. office, will explain how the center's resources can help people identify potential funders and become more effective grantseekers.

The Bealeton Library was chosen to be a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection earlier this year.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wallis Simpson's life in Fauquier discussed

Fauquier County Public Library is hosting a lecture on Wallis Warfield Simpson, a one-time Fauquier resident for whom England's King Edward VIII abdicated his throne in 1936.

The free lecture, presented by John T. Toler and sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute, is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct.19, in the John Barton Payne Building.

Many people in Fauquier County got to know Simpson when she was living at the Warren Green Hotel in Warrenton in the late 1920s while awaiting finalization of her divorce from her first husband.

Toler, of Broad Run, is a 1965 graduate of Fauquier High School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied English Literature and U.S. History. In the 1970s, he served in Company C, the Virginia Army National Guard unit that was a direct descendant of the Warrenton Rifles. Later he served as an officer in the Virginia Defense Force, which traces its roots to the Virginia Protective Force of World War II.

In addition to writings during his lengthy local newspaper career, Toler has researched and written about many different aspects of Fauquier County's history. He is particularly interested in the county's military history and in learning more about the many legendary characters in Fauquier County.

Toler is one of the authors of the soon-to-be-published Fauquier County history book to be published in 2009. He is also rewriting and adding to an historical piece on the Warrenton Branch Railroad and has worked as a consultant to the John Singleton Mosby Foundation.
The lecture is part of a series on American history sponsored by the library and the Fauquier Heritage Institute.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

New book clubs for children begin

Two new book clubs for children began at all Fauquier libraries this month. There is no registration or fee to attend the meetings.


Books A Palooza, a book club for children in preschool through 2nd grade, will feature a different picture book author or illustrator each month and a related activity. Reading ahead of time is not required. The featured author and illustrator for October is Ed Emberley.

Books A Palooza meetings are:


Readers Rock, a book club for children in 3rd through 5th grade, will feature a different author or theme and a related activity each month. The students are encouraged to invite friends and to meet new friends. Participants should read a mystery or detective book before the October meeting.

Readers Rock meetings are:

See more about events and services for children at Fauquier County libraries.

Cival War cavalries compared


Richard Deardoff of the Southern Fauquier Historical Society is presenting the program Hartwood Church and Kelly’s Ford: A Comparison of the Cavalries Early in the Civil War at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the Bealeton Library.

Mr. Deardoff will discuss how the organization of the Union and Confederate cavalries determined their effectiveness in the first two years of the war. Probably, he says, the nadir of Union performance came over the winter of 1862-1863, most notably with their rout at Hartwood Church.

The re-organization of Yankee troopers by Joseph Hooker would lead directly to their improved performance on St. Patrick's Day 1863 at Kelly's Ford.

The program, which is the first in a series of historical programs being presented by the Southern Fauquier Historical Society at the Bealeton Library, is free. Registration is not required.
Search the library's catalog for titles related to the Civil War.