Lifelong Learning

Writing for Healing and Growth (ONLINE)

Writing for Healing and Growth (ONLINE)

Monday, September 21, 2020 | 10:00-12:00pm

Anyone who has ever kept a journal, written stories about his or her life, or just let the pencil do the talking knows that writing is indeed a powerful instrument for fulfillment, growth, and healing. Writing that comes from the heart and mind gives expression to that which is uniquely us. Experience the adventure of writing in this weekly workshop. The emphasis is on—but is not limited to—the writing of memoirs. This is not a critique group; it is designed to provide the support that people need to tell their stories. Strict rules of privacy and confidentiality will be observed. Leonard Tuchyner facilitates. Members only, limited availability, $15 per month. 

PLEASE EMAIL JENNIFER CREWS at jennifer@thecentercville.org IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING THIS GROUP. CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL.

Members only.

Location: Online

Walk the Labyrinth (ON SITE)

Walk the Labyrinth (ON SITE)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 9:00-3:00pm

Walking a labyrinth is a meditative experience designed to quiet the mind and enable reflection and contemplation. This ancient spiritual custom consists of silently walking a series of circuits leading you into and back out of the labyrinth - each walker comes away with their own personal experience. Come and walk a 7-circuit canvas labyrinth on our outdoor patio (or the auditorium if it's raining). Socks are required, and no shoes allowed on the canvas. A helpful handout on how to walk the labyrinth will be available, and volunteers will be there to monitor activity. No appointment needed, open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Long Term Care Insurance Q&A Appointments

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

Meet one-on-one withTracy Meade as she guides you through any questions you have about long term care insurance. If you have inquiries about an existing policy, you are welcome to bring the policy with you. Please note that space is very limited; there are only 2 appointments available each month; 10:00 and 10:30 am. Please call the Welcome Desk. (434) 974-7756 to make an appointment. 

Tracy is an independent Financial Planner and Certified Long-Term Care Consultant.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Protecting Older Adults Against Covid-19 Related Scams (ONLINE)

Protecting Older Adults Against Covid-19 Related Scams (ONLINE)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

There are scams for vaccines, treatment, cures and money or assistance for obtaining Economic Impact Payments. Scammers often impersonate government officials or businesses in an attempt to gain personal information. Learn how to protect yourself against this craziness! This presentation is provided by the National Center on Law and Elder Rights and presented by Tracy M. Meade, CLTC Independent Financial Planner and Certified Long-Term Care Consultant.

To join the ZOOM program, click here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82725375708

Meeting ID: 827 2537 5708

Open to all.

Location: Online

Beginning Spanish (ONLINE)

Beginning Spanish (ONLINE)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm

CLASS IS FULL!

 
New Series of Spanish Classes begins Tuesday, September 8!
 
Beginning Spanish  (Tuesdays at 1 pm)

In this year long course we use Conversational Spanish in 7 Days  by Shirley Baldwin and Sarah Boas since it focuses on the most common, everyday situations you’ll encounter in Spanish-speaking countries.  Everything is explained in clear, concise English so if you have to miss a class, you can easily keep up with what we are doing in class.  We are meeting on line every week, and cover about a lesson a month:  during September-December we work with learning the present tense of regular verbs, in January we learn how to use object pronouns, and then in February add irregular verbs, in March stem-changing verbs, and in April reflexive verbs as we talk about daily activities.  In May we turn to a past tense, the present perfect, and then in June look forward, to the future tense.  Finally in July and August we end our year’s study of Spanish by working with the two simple past tenses.

 If you are looking for a basic course in Spanish, and can commit to spending at least two to three hours a week (ideally 20-30 minutes a day!) studying Spanish, then this is the course for you!  But if you just want to learn a few phrases for travel, this course is more than you really want.

This course is free and open to Center members, but please register below. The Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the class.

Students supply their own materials. For more information,contact program leader, Helen Ida Moyer.

Members only.

Location: Online

Meditation - Living Life Fully (ONLINE)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

Held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Meditation is a practical activity that can provide tangible benefits that can improve our outlook on life. This program meets online via zoom on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, and provides an introduction to meditation - it's nature, general goals, and simple techniques. Benefits of different meditation types will be discussed and participants' experiences are invited. A very simple and gentle form of meditation will be presented that requires no physical flexibility or special capabilities. There will be a short sitting of 10-15 minutes at each program.

Gerry Gorman, recently retired engineer, engineering manager, and business development executive has been a student and practitioner of meditation for over 40 years. He describes a very practical form of meditation and explores how a meditation practice can help each of us develop a healthier perspective to fully appreciate life. He and his wife, Penny, have been married for 38 years and have two grown sons. 

 

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Location: Online

Intermediate Spanish (ONLINE)

Intermediate Spanish (ONLINE)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 2:10-3:10pm

New Series of Spanish Classes begins Tuesday, September 8!

Intermediate Spanish  (Tuesdays at 2:10 pm)

In this year long course we use McGraw Hill’s Spanish Conversation by Jean Yates in the series of “Practice Makes Perfect”.  The text serves as a guide for expanding your conversational fluency through the use of realistic everyday dialogues.  The exercises in the text will be complemented by handouts that include personal questions which make use of the expressions presented in each lesson.  During September and October we shall be reviewing the two key simple past tenses, the preterit and imperfect, which were introduced at the end of the Beginning Spanish course.  In this course the student’s knowledge of the basic structure of the language will be expanded to include complex sentences with dependent noun, adjective, and adverbial clauses which often require the use of the subjunctive mood. 

We are meeting on line every week and cover about a lesson a month:  working with the exercises in the text, as well as with questions on handouts, plus taking some time for grammar review; the final exercise in the text entails writing a short paragraph using as many of the expressions presented in the lesson as possible.

Students supply their own materials. For information on the class, contact program leader, Helen Ida Moyer

Open to all.

Location: Online

Advanced Spanish (ONLINE)

Advanced Spanish (ONLINE)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 3:20-4:20pm

New Series of Spanish Classes begins Tuesday, September 8!

Advanced Spanish  (Tuesdays at 3:20 pm)

This is an informal course for students who are fairly fluent in Spanish, designed to give them the opportunity to keep up their Spanish skills.  We meet on line every week in a tertulia like format.  The materials we use will vary, including both articles on current events and short one act plays from a book entitled En un acto: diez piezas hispanoamericanas, 3rd edition, 1990, edited by Frank Dauster and Leon  F. Lyday.  It contains ten plays, followed by questions on the content and themes for discussion.    

Students supply their own materials. For information on the class, contact program leader, Helen Ida Moyer

Open to all.

Location: Online

Current Events Talk  (ON SITE)

Current Events Talk (ON SITE)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 10:00-11:00am

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am - ON-SITE at The Center

Welcome to the program! Meetings are designed to encourage an enjoyable discussion about important issues. The discussion leader will keep the conversation balanced, making sure that all who wish to speak have the opportunity. We are committed to sponsoring friendly and civil discussions. We want to respectful of all opinions, different points of view.  

 

September 23 Topic: To be announced!

All views are welcome and tolerated!

 


      

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Current Events Talk (ON SITE)

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Adding Life to Your Years (ON SITE)

Adding Life to Your Years (ON SITE)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

Join Diane Johnson, executive director at Commonwealth Senior Living as she discusses the cultural components which lead to longer lives in the Blue Zone (A Blue Zone is a non-scientific term given to geographic regions that are home to some of the world’s oldest people). How can we create them in our communities?  

Please register below!

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Adding Life to Your Years (ON SITE)

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Drawing From Nature (ONLINE)

Drawing From Nature (ONLINE)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 4:00-6:00pm

This class is held each Wednesday for 4 weeks Until October 14th

This course combines guided sketching exercises from observation of nature with an understanding of the natural geometry of our everyday world - for example, the fractals of trees and the geometric structure of flowers. Online instruction will also include downloadable PDFs of examples by master artists.

Instruction will include making a nature journal.

Participants will receive an email shortly before class with the zoom meeting link and ID number.

Open to all, but space is limited; please register below.

Materials needed:

 paper, tracing paper, pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor paints and brushes.

Open to all.

Location: Online

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Drawing From Nature (ONLINE)

Standard Members and Guests fee $45.00
Prime Members
Reading for Pleasure (ON SITE)

Reading for Pleasure (ON SITE)

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

If you enjoy robust literature written by a variety of authors but only have a little extra time to read each week, this may be the program for you.  Participants read the week's selection at the start of each session, then discuss their thoughts on the piece. Free to members, but first time guests are welcome! Sandra Garret is the program leader.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Apple/Mac Class(ON SITE)

Apple/Mac Class(ON SITE)

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

On-Site Classes for Apple Device owners and beginners.

Space is limited and registration is required (Please RSVP below).

You will learn how to use iPhones, iPads, iMacs, MacBooks and other Apple devices. Topics will include using the internet, photos, email, texting and other Apps such as Maps, Calendar, Music, Contacts (Address Book) the Phone, FaceTime, Reminders and word processors. You will see techniques displayed on classroom TV monitors. Ample time will be allowed for questions and repeat demonstrations as needed. Contact Clay at SiskVA@Mac.com for more information.

 Free for Center members, but first time guests are welcome!

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Clay Sisk

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Apple/Mac Class(ON SITE)

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Writing for Pleasure (ONSITE)

Writing for Pleasure (ONSITE)

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 12:00-2:00pm

What you have to say matters ... Why not say it in writing? Come discover and share your best style! All genres and experience levels welcome. Weekly "Writing for Pleasure" meetings are members only, but monthly coffeehouses are open to all.  As always, free and open to the communities. Coffee provided. Munchies to share welcomed.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Sandra Garrett sandrag992@gmail.com

Felting Pumpkins Sept. 25th (ONSITE)

Felting Pumpkins Sept. 25th (ONSITE)

Friday, September 25, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

Fall is coming, everyone loves a cute needle felted pumpkin! Come learn basic needle felting techniques as you create your own special pumpkin in time for fall decorating. No experience necessary. Fiber artist Donna Markey has studied and played with fiber for years. She loves teaching and sharing this creative art form with people of all ages, and to see the joy in peoples’ faces as they create their own masterpieces! Prime Members: free, Standard Members and Guests: $20.00 Materials fee: $10.00 per person for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class.

Members only.

Location: Art Studio

Seats available: 3

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Felting Pumpkins Sept. 25th (ONSITE)

Standard Members and Guests fee $20.00
Prime Members $0.00
Socrates Cafe™ (ON SITE)

Socrates Cafe™ (ON SITE)

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 3:00-5:00pm

Meet the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month

Socrates Café is a group of people who are interested in discussing topics which arouse philosophical ideas and thoughts among the members of the group. Any source if fair game, from education to politics, religion to cultural attitudes; lively discussion takes place no mattter what the discussion. Chris Phillips, author and co-founder of The Society for Philosophical Inquiry, developed the idea of Socrates Café™ to do as Socrates did, bring philosophy to the every day individual: “It's a dialogue where people discover their unique philosophical perspectives and worldviews as they lock hearts and minds with other people.” Join our gatherings at which participants propose and choose the questions and take turns facilitating the discussions. To learn more about the concept, visit http://www.socratescafe.com

Members only.

Location: The Center

The Joy of Birding (ONLINE)

The Joy of Birding (ONLINE)

Monday, October 5, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

How does one become a birdwatcher in the field? Avid birder Schuyler Lawson will share with you the equipment you'll need (and how to use it), some positive benefits of birding, and citizen-scientist birding opportunities. Additionally, you will learn how to make every birding trip an eventful one by knowing the best times of the day for birding. Schuyler will also share some of his popular Instagram posts of the many avian species he encounters along with fun facts about each bird. Schuyler currently lives in Buffalo, New York with his family and is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Public Health at the University of Buffalo. 

If you are interested in seeing Schuyler's bird/nature photography, you can Follow him on Instagram@the_elusive_black_birder

 

 Free and open to all.

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Meeting ID: 871 3714 8070

 

phone only:
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Meeting ID: 871 3714 8070

 

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Location: Online

Beginner's Acrylic Pour Class (ON SITE)

Beginner's Acrylic Pour Class (ON SITE)

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 9:00-12:00pm

Acrylic Paint Pouring us a fun and exciting way to set your creativity free and play with color. Fluid acrylic paints in your choice of colors are layered and poured onto a canvas surface and the rest is up to your imagination! Join artist Jan Settle to learn the basic techniques of acrylic pouring – no experience required. No two paintings are ever the same; you will take home two finished paintings after they have dried.

Prime members - free; Standard Members and Guests 25.00.   Materials 15.00 per person, payable to instructor at time of class.

 

About the Artist

Jan Settle received her BFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth Universty and worked in the field of Interior Design for many years. She paints with acrylics, watercolor, pastels, and her new passion is Acrylic Paint Pouring. Jan is a member of the Blue Ridge Art League of Culpeper, the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society (MAPS) and the Firnew Farm Artists Circle of Madison. Her work can be seen in local galleries and in many of the exhibits held by MAPS. You can follow Jan on Facebook at CastleRock Designs and Workshops.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Beginner’s Acrylic Pour Class (ON SITE)

Standard Members and guests fee $25.00
Prime Members $0.00
History Class - Jefferson, The Thirst for Knowledge

History Class - Jefferson, The Thirst for Knowledge

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | 2:00-3:00pm

Rick Britton will host History Class - Jefferson, The Thirst for Knowledge at the Center, and Virtually.  Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment, one of our nation's greatest early thinkers. And he was a lifelong learner, someone who was continually expanding his already great knowledge base. In this class we'll explore the many ways Jefferson satisfied his yearning for more information. The classes include: Jefferson & Science; The Big Bone Lick Expedition; Jefferson & the American West; Jefferson & the Monacan Burial Mound; and The Founding of the University of Virginia. 

Our Lecturer—Rick Britton is an award-winning local historian who has written extensively about the life and times of Thomas Jefferson.

The Class—At the Center Inc. beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., then continuing for 5 more consecutive Tuesdays. The class is available both in-person and Zoom participants!

 

• Tuesday, Oct. 6 – 2:00 pm – “Thomas Jefferson & Science”

• Tuesday, Oct. 13 – 2:00 pm – “The Big Bone Lick Expedition” 

• Tuesday, Oct. 20 – 2:00 pm – “Jefferson & the American West” 

• Tuesday, Oct. 27 – 2:00 pm – “Jefferson & the Monacan Burial Mound”

• Tuesday, Nov. 10 – 2:00 pm – “Jefferson & Invention”

• Tuesday, Nov. 17 – 2:00 pm – “The Founding of the University of Virginia”

• Saturday, Nov. 21 – 9:00 a.m. - Travel Session: A FREE three-hour local Jefferson tour. We’ll start off at Charlottesville’s Court Square, the oldest part of the city, where we’ll discuss Jefferson and slavery, the founding of the county and city, and Jefferson’s near capture during the American Revolution. We’ll finish up with a tour the University of Virginia’s original grounds, what Jefferson called the “hobby” of his old age. Tour is FREE to class participants only. Following the Court Square section, participants will drive themselves to the U.Va. Parking Garage. We’ll meet at the U.Va. Bookstore (which is on top of the garage).

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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History Class - Jefferson, The Thirst for Knowledge

Standard Members and Guests $90.00
Prime Members $0.00
Book Group (ONLINE)

Book Group (ONLINE)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 11:00-12:00pm

This enthusiastic group meets monthly to discuss items of current mutual interest – mainly contemporary works, fiction and non-fiction.  Participants make suggestions, the group selects the books for group reading, and everyone enjoys sharing their impressions and feedback on the work of the month.

To join the Zoom discussion, click on this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89087762468

If joining by telephone, call

+1 646 558 8656  

        

Upcoming Selections:

October 7, True Grit by Charles Portis

November 4, The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

December 2, The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Members only.

Location: Online

Contact: Rosemary Connelly, Book Group Leader rdconnelly@embarqmail.com

Felt a Penguin or Owl - October 9th (ON SITE)

Felt a Penguin or Owl - October 9th (ON SITE)

Friday, October 9, 2020 | 1:00-3:00pm

Create a needle felted owl or penguin to decorate holiday packages or your Christmas Tree. Learn or apply basic needle felting skills to create these mischievous little creatures. No experience necessary. Fiber artist Donna Markey has studied and played with fiber for years. She loves teaching and sharing this creative art form with people of all ages, and to see the joy in peoples’ faces as they create their own masterpieces! Prime Members: free, Standard Members and Guests: $20.00 Materials fee: $10.00 per person for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

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Felt a Penguin or Owl - October 9th (ON SITE)

Standard Members and Guests $20.00
Prime Members $0.00
Money & You with Jorgen Vik (ON SITE)

Money & You with Jorgen Vik (ON SITE)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

 

September 8: Asset allocation. How much of your portfolio should be in stocks? How much in bonds? Annuities? Real estate? We’ll discuss what to consider when constructing a portfolio.

 

October 13: Investing and politics. Should you allow for politics when you invest? We’ll discuss how politics may impact your investments.

 

* Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network and SKV Group, LLC are not legal or tax advisors. You should consult with your attorney, accountant and/or estate planner before taking any action.

 

Jorgen Vik, CFP®, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Professional™ and partner of the SKV Group, LLC, a Charlottesville based wealth management company. Jorgen has worked in the financial services industry since 2001. Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN), Member SIPC. SKV Group is a separate entity from WFAFN.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Money & You with Jorgen Vik (ON SITE)

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Elder Law with Doris Gelbman  (ON SITE and ONLINE)

Elder Law with Doris Gelbman (ON SITE and ONLINE)

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 10:00-11:30am

If joining by ZOOM, click here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9077793941?pwd=dFNBUnRFUVJsVjlyQTI0NFBOdVhNdz09

 

REGISTER BELOW IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND ON-SITE. DO NOT REGISTER IF YOU WILL BE ZOOMING!

Tuesday, September 15, 10:00 AM – 11:30 am

Having “The” Conversation: You and Your Adult Children

Waiting for the perfect opportunity to have “the” talk? Aging parents and their adult children seem to have lots of resistance against discussing issues that face all of us as we age. How will we manage our money and property? Where we will we live as we grow older and our health fails? Who will take care of us? How will it be paid for? And there are vital pieces of information that must be shared between us - particularly as it relates to health and healthcare.  Come on… let’s talk about “the” talk!

 

Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 AM – 11:30 am

End of Life Planning

There’s much to discuss and it is never too soon to start. Afterall, life is terminal from the moment we are born. In this session we are going to explore Advanced Medical Directives, Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR), POLST (Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment), hospice care and funeral planning.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Elder Law with Doris Gelbman (ON SITE and ONLINE)

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Building Charlottesville's Botanical Garden (ONLINE)

Building Charlottesville's Botanical Garden (ONLINE)

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

Building a public botanical garden is not an easy feat. So far, McIntire Botanical Garden (MBG) has been driven by the community’s input, aspirations, insights, and desire to be a place of healing, unity, education and beauty. But the input phase of the garden design process is not complete and through reaching out to other organizations, we are hoping to gather more feedback to ensure the built garden will represent the hopes and dreams of the entire community. As a gift from the community to the community, the McIntire Botanical Garden is a very ambitious project. Jill Trischman-Marks, Executive Director of the McIntire Botanical Garden will briefly outline what has already been achieved in the process toward building this garden and will also give insight into the road map ahead.

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Meeting ID: 854 4195 2973

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Meeting ID: 854 4195 2973
 

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Location: Online

Wildlife Corridors: Helping Wildlife and People Move Safely (ONLINE)

Wildlife Corridors: Helping Wildlife and People Move Safely (ONLINE)

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

Virginia is consistently among the 10 states with the highest number of deer-vehicle collisions; with a 1 in 99 chance of collision for each of us and over 61,000 crashes on our roads each year.  Misty Boos, Executive Director of Wild Virginia will share exciting updates in Virginia policy and planning that help identify and protect wildlife corridors to help reduce these collisions.  She will explain what's being done through her work with the Virginia Safe Wildlife Corridors Collaborative to help wildlife move safely across our state and how this work helps keep us all safe as well. Lastly, you'll learn how you can help and get involved.  

 

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Location: Online

American Military Medicine during WWI (ONLINE)

American Military Medicine during WWI (ONLINE)

Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 3:00-4:00pm

Kristen Pearlstein, Anatomical Collections Manager at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland, will present a 45-minute introduction to the challenges and innovations of American military medicine during World War I. The National Museum of Health and Medicine was established during the American Civil War as the Army Medical Museum, a center for research related to battlefield trauma and pathology. The museum's mission to preserve and explore the impact of military medicine spans more than 150 years. Kristen is originally from the Charlottesville area and remains active in the community. Free and open to all, please register to join.

Open to all.

Location: Online

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American Military Medicine during WWI (ONLINE)

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