2016 Civics Summit
Registration for the 2016 Civics Summit is now open.
The summit will be held at the State Capitol in House Room 3, Richmond, VA.
Parking, directions and additional information will be sent via email. If you need additional information about the Civics Summit, please contact Scott Maddrea, Deputy Clerk – Committee Operations, Office of the Clerk of the House of Delegates, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (804) 698-1545; or Christonya Brown, history and social science coordinator, Office of Humanities and Early Childhood, by e-mail at Christonya.Brown@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893. We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Civics Summit!
Civics Summit Agenda
November 16, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
House Room 3
1000 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Capitol Square Fair a Success!
Virginia Capitol Square Preservation Council was pleased to host the Virginia Capitol Square Fair, a community outreach and education event on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The event was a partnership with non-profit and public educators to offer families and visitors an array of history and conservation learning opportunities and to explore Virginia’s history and the natural environment. This event was free and open to the public and located on the historic grounds of the State Capitol to celebrate the Bicentennial of Capitol Square. Free parking was provided for all visitors.
Partners across the commonwealth highlighted their important work by providing engaging, SOL-based activities for children and families. While this event was focused on the outdoors, the Virginia State Capitol was open for tours and self-guided opportunities. Visitors had the opportunity to talk with Thomas Jefferson on why he designed the Capitol the way he did, hear Patrick Henry’s famous speech, and walk the historic grounds with Maggie Walker. Along with our special guests, visitors participated in a Capitol Police equipment and K9 demonstration, discovered how to maintain a healthy habitat in your own backyard, searched for artifacts in an archeological dig and so much more! We sincerely thank the following organizations for providing exciting activities: The Valentine, National Park Service, Children’s Museum of Richmond, John Marshall House, Montpeleier, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Henricus, The Division Capitol Police Commonwealth of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Mansion.
We also thank all students, teachers, and visitors who came to enjoy the Virginia Capitol Square Fair.
Please contact the Capitol Square Preservation Council Education Coordinator, Maggie Jackson, with any questions by phone at (804) 225-8051 or by email.
Repairs complete on Washington Equestrian Monument
About the Repairs
It has been 30 years since the monument’s last restoration effort, and during that time water had infiltrated the masonry and interior of the monument. Cleaning, repair, and restoration were required to stabilize and preserve the historic monument. Contractors patched, reset, and replaced damaged pieces on the exterior and, on the interior, removed, restored and replaced the spiral stairs which were damaged by rain water coming in through the cupola. A new cupola with louvres instead of a screen was installed and is expected to keep future water damage from occurring.
George Washington Equestrian Monument (1858)
A large equestrian statue of George Washington (February 22, 1732- December 14, 1799) atop a granite pedestal was conceived to honor Washington and to glorify Virginia's contributions to the nation's independence. Virginia's role in the Revolution is depicted
by six of her sons surrounding the figure of General Washington, who is dressed in a military uniform. Smaller allegorical figures below the six pedestrian statues are inscribed with themes reflecting each patriot's contribution: Andrew Lewis, Colonial Times;
Patrick Henry, Revolution; George Mason, Bill of Rights; Thomas Jefferson, Independence; Thomas Nelson, Jr., Finance; and John Marshall, Justice.
In 1849, the Virginia General Assembly held an architectural competition and selected a design by Thomas Crawford, an American
sculptor working in Rome. The design Crawford submitted largely conforms to the completed George Washington Equestrian Monument in place today with its base in the shape of a star fort and the three-tiered pedestal for sculptural figures. The stonework of the
base was complete by 1854. Discussions repeatedly took place to relocate the remains of Washington there, but his heir Bushrod Washington refused
the request. The hope of making Capitol Square Washington's last resting place became a symbolic hope, and Crawford's design includes a cenotaph, or symbolic tomb, in the stone base.
Crawford finished the sculptures of Washington, Jefferson, and Henry. He had the George Washington Equestrian statue cast
in Munich, Germany shortly before his death in 1857. His American colleague, Randolph Rogers, completed the statues of Mason, Marshall, Nelson, and Lewis, as well as the allegorical figures, the last of which was put into place in 1869.
A United States frigate transported the equestrian figure to Richmond. A group of men and boys hauled the statue to Capitol
Square from Rocketts Landing, breaking down a section of fence in the process. Charles Dimmock, an engineer, rigged an ingenious wooden derrick to hoist the statue onto the base, and legend has it he threatened workers at gunpoint when they appeared to be letting
go of the rope. The unveiling of the statue was an event of national importance, which took place on Washington's birthday, February 22, 1858. The statue was one of Richmond's most prominent attractions. The Commonwealth erected a cast-iron fence around the
base in the 1870s to prevent visitors from climbing on the base. [National Park Service]
New Exhibit at the State Capitol
The Virginia General Assembly, in partnership with the Capitol Square Preservation Council, presents an exhibit in the east exhibit gallery of the Virginia State Capitol entitled, A Stand for Peace: Winston Churchill and the Call for Unity. Opening on the 70th anniversary of Churchill’s historic March 8, 1946, address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House Chamber, this exhibit uses photographs and the words of participants and observers to look at the events of that significant day at the dawn of the Cold War era.
Download brochure for the event with information and times.
Directions to the Virginia State
Capitol can are available.
House and Senate Live Video of 2016 Sessions
The Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia offer live streaming video of the 2016 Legislative Sessions, when each body convenes for session. The adjourn and convene times are tweeted, #vahouse and #vasenate.
Monument to the Achievements of the Women of Virginia to be Installed on Virginia's Capitol Square
Conceptual rendering of the monument ©EISStudio and 1717 Design Group
RICHMOND – 3/28/13 The Women of Virginia Commemorative Commission announced the selection of the winning design for the Women's Monument to be placed on the grounds of Virginia's Capitol Square in Richmond. Thought to be the first of its kind in the nation, the Monument will commemorate the collective contributions of the women of Virginia throughout the past 400 years of its storied history. Prominently placed and respectfully integrated into the historic Capitol landscape, the Monument's oval-garden design includes elements of sculpture and landscaping that will provide visitors an interactive and educational experience. Out of 34 designs submitted from around the world, the Commission unanimously selected the winning design by StudioEIS of Brooklyn, New York and The 1717 Design Group, Inc. of Richmond, Virginia. Today’s decision was announced in conjunction with the Library of Virginia's annual Virginia Women in History awards celebration.
Legacy of Virginia Indians honored on Capitol Square
3d model of the "Mantle" monument ©Alan Michelson
RICHMOND – 10/25/12 Citizens of Virginia are one step closer to having a permanent monument on historical Capitol Square, celebrating the legacy of the Commonwealth’s Indian tribes. Last Wednesday evening the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission approved by acclamation the final design to commemorate the many contributions of the Virginia Indians.
The consensus proposal, titled Mantle, consists of spiral elements, a winding footpath, a wall that doubles as a bench for seating, native plant species indigenous to Virginia, and at the center a reflecting pool containing the names of Virginia’s Indian tribes. Alan Michelson, a Mohawk member of Six Nations of the Grand River, is an award winning artist, living in New York City. “(Mantle) requires the visitor to neither look up nor look down, but invites one to enter—from the east—and participate in it. It is not conceived as a static monument to be venerated but an active one to be experienced by moving off the everyday grid and into the American Indian circle.”
Images of the model may be found on the Commission's Facebook page.