The Tusculum Institute is pleased to sponsor lectures and semi-annual workshops that address issues in historic preservation, sustainability, and local history.

2014

Teaching with Historic Places, sixth annual Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Historical Societies. Topic: World War 1 Centennial and local resources. June 13, 2014.

Debut of In Sweet Remembrance an historic play about Sweet Briar by Terrance Chisholm. August 27th, 29th, 30th, 31st. Visit the Endstation Website for more information and to reserve tickets.

200 Years of Sweet Briar History in Thirty Minutes. An illustrated lecture by Dr. Rainville prior to the Opening Night of In Sweet Remembrance. August 27th.

The Sweet Briar Cabin is open for Fall 2014. Please visit our African American Heritage website for more information.

Nineteenth Century Cooking Demonstration with Dr Leni Sorensen at the Sweet Briar Slave Cabin. September 26, 10am to 1pm. For more information, visit our r.s.v.p. page on Facebook or the Tusculum Institute website.

2013

Updated Slave Cabin Schedule for visitors, click here. The cabin is closed for the summer; it will reopen in the Fall.

Noted and controversial author, Henry Wiencek, speaks on his recent book "Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves" (February 12). Read more here.

Dr. Rainville takes local 5th graders on a tour of the Sweet Briar 19th-Century cabin for Arts Day (April 19th).

Tusculum Advisory Board Meeting (April 19th).

"Teaching with Historic Places," fifth annual Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Historical Societies. Topic: Civil Rights in Education (June 15).

Dr. Rainville lectures on "If These Walls Could Talk: Residents and Uses of Sweet Briar's 19th-Century Cabin" (June 1, 3pm). An offering by the SBC Alumnae College.

2012

Architectural historian, Calder Loth presents "Palladio's Architectural Influence in America" (March 28th).
Newspaper article, "Historian to give lecture on Palladio at SBC" (New Era Progress, March 21, 2012).

Tusculum Advisory Board Meeting (March 23rd).

The Sweet Briar Museum opens an exhibit on Tusculum (the house) and its architectural history. Read more here.

Dr. Rainville takes local 5th graders on a tour of the Sweet Briar 19th-Century cabin for Arts Day (April 20th).

Workshop for Realtors to provide information about Historic Properties and Tax Credits (April 28th). Read more, here.

Rainville presents a paper on an African American Families Database at the annual Virginia Forum (March 30th). For photos, click here.

Sweet Briar Alumnae Donates a Generous Gift to the Tusculum Institute. Read more here.

"Teaching with Historic Places," fourth annual Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Historical Societies, June 9th. Topic: The War of 1812, James Madison and James Monroe. Read more here. And a SBC news article here.

Dr. Rainville presents a paper on her local research into Segregated Schools in Virginia at the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference on Rosenwald Schools (June 15th). Read more here.

Tusculum Institute sponsors student workers to open up the Sweet Briar Slave Cabin for visitors. Read more here.

National Trust Historic Preservation Officer, Joseph McGill, brings his "Slave Dwelling Project" to campus and spends the night in the Sweet Briar slave cabin to raise awareness about preserving historic structures (Oct 7-8). Read more here.

The Tusculum Institute, along with the Virginia DHR and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, host a state-wide conference for Virginia Historical Societies (August 11th). Read more here. And visit the conference website here.

The Tusculum Institute is awarded a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to research and interpret the complex, 170-year history of Sweet Briar's 19th-century cabin.

2011

Tusculum Advisory Board Meeting (March 26th).

Author, Jean Carroon, speaks on "Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings" (March 29th).
Newspaper article, "Author to Speak at Sweet Briar" (New Era Progress, March 16, 2011). And an SBC news article here.

Author, Marc Leepson, speaks on his book "Saving Monticello" (April 5). Co-sponsored with the Sweet Briar Arts Managament Program and the Sweet Briar Museum. Read more here.

"Teaching with Historic Places," third annual Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Historical Societies, June 11th. Topic: The Virginian Home Front during the Civil War. Read more here.

 

Newly created Tumblr site showcases Sweet Briar history, to visit the external site, click here.

Dr. Rainville speaks on the Digital Humanities athe HASTAC International Conference. Read more here.

2010

Tusculum Advisory Board Meeting (March 26th).

Release of the Preservation Virginia Toolkit. (April 21st). A joint effort with preservation and architectural experts at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR), Dominion Power, and John Leeke (Historic HomeWorks).

"Teaching with Historic Places," second annual Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Museums Docents, June 19th. Topic: Virginia Indians. Read more here.

Tusculum Advisory Board Meeting (October 22nd).

 

2009

Tusculum Advisory Board Meeting (March 27th).

"Teaching with Historic Places," co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Workshop for K-12 Teachers and Museum and/or Historical Society Interpreters. June 13th. Read more about the event. And an SBC News article here.

"Everyday Life at Tusculum Exhibit" on Display in Benedict Hall, Fall. Read a review here. And a news release here.

The Tusculum Institute and Vitrifire designed a website for the First Annual Preservation Week in Charlottesville Virginia. Visit the site. An illustration from the site is featured on the left.

Tusculum Institute hosted the annual Preservation Virginia Conference, with over 250 guests. September 20th and 21st. View photos from the event and read a news release.

Tusculum Advisory Board Meeting (October 23rd).

 

2008

"Architectural Literacy for Everybody: What You've Wondered about Classical Architecture but Were Afraid to Ask." (Nov. 15th). Lecture by Calder Loth (Senior Architectural Historian at the Division Historic Resources)

Abstract: Discover the fascination of the architecture we see around us every day. The Tusculum Institute of Sweet Briar College and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will jointly present an introductory course on Classical Architecture. In four extensively illustrated lectures, Calder Loth will discuss the essence of the classical language of architecture and show how it has enriched our cultural landscape. The course is intended for those who know little about architecture but love buildings and want to learn how to "read" their rich details.

Read more in a recent press release from Sweet Briar College. Co-sponsored by the Sarah Winston Henry Branch of the APVA.

2007

Moving Tusculum Home: Homecoming Event.