Below you will find a list of upcoming programs sponsored by the Friends of Samuels Library. Click here to view a complete list of events held at Samuels Public Library.

Divers exploring the ruins of a sunken ship

The Slave Trade in Seven Shipwrecks
Archaeological Investigations of the Slave Wrecks Project

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

In December 1791, the slave ship “São José” sank off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, tragically killing 212 of the 500 slaves aboard. At a FOSL program, offered in February 2018, Dr. Stephen Lubkemann traced the story of the ship, its harrowing demise, and the remarkable efforts of the Slave Wrecks Project in recovering that history. At this year’s presentation, Dr. Lubkemann as the International Coordinator of the Smithsonian-based Slave Wrecks Project will discuss how the project’s investigations of slave shipwrecks across the globe – ranging from Brazil to South Africa, Florida to Mozambique, Cuba to Senegal and São Tome – is offering new insights on the slave trade and its role in creating the modern world, while encouraging a reckoning with this past and its enduring legacies in the present. Register for this event online.

Black Bear

Black Bears of Virginia
Natural History & Management

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

David Kocka, District Wildlife Biologist, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, will discuss black bear natural history and management.

This presentation will allow you to gain an understanding of black bears. Also, you will learn how the Commonwealth is balancing public values (e.g., economic, sociological, and political) and biological considerations in managing black bears. Register for this event online.


Hands-On Photography Workshop

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
2:30 p.m.

Celebrate the Spring Equinox by attending a hands-on photography workshop. We will meet at the library for a quick orientation. Weather permitting, we will then move to Eastham Park. At the park, we will photography the flora and fauna that reside at this riverside gem. We will focus on light and composition. Therefore, any type of camera, including smartphones, will work. In case of inclement weather, the session will be conducted inside the library. Register for this event online.

Shenandoah River

Your River, Your Watershed

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
6:00 p.m.

Allyson Ponn, Education and Program Support Specialist for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, will talk about how conservation done in the valley to protect our waterways and how that aids in river recreation. Attendees will discover how to prevent runoff, identify problem areas in their yard, and learn about homeowner programs that can help share the cost. Register for this event online.

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