President Wiliam Greaf (right) and Vice President Jay Smith of the Williamsburg Chapter present speaker Dr. Jonathan Stolz (center) with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Dr. Stolz presented an overview on how medicine was practiced in America’s colonial period beginning in the early 17th century and ending at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. British officials played only indirect and small roles in development of America’s formal medicine. Medical initiatives in those years were like so many other accomplishments in our young country – all from within and a product of our uniqueness as a people.
Dr. Stolz is a graduate of The Hill School, Trinity College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He practiced in Reading, Pennsylvania before retiring and moving to Williamsburg. In retirement he continues his longtime study of the history of medicine, teaching at the College of William and Mary’s Christopher Wren Association.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart
Compatriots from nine VASSAR Chapters (Fairfax Resolves, George Mason, Col. William Grayson, Culpeper Minutemen, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Nelson, Jr., and George Washington) attended the 12th annual commemoration of the signing of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions. The event, hosted by the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, was held at the Ingleside Vineyards in Oak Grove, VA. The Leedstown Resolutions were signed by 115 men on 27 Feb 1766 in protest of the 1765 Stamp Act and other intolerable acts enacted by Parliament. The Rev. Charles Sydnor, President of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, and Chris Flemer, with Ingleside Winery, gave opening remarks. The VASSAR Color Guard presented and posted colors, which always adds to the dignity and solemnity of these events. Gina Pezzuto played several pieces on the violin. Charles Belfield, of the James Monroe Chapter, discussed the significance of the Leedstown Resolutions and read the names of the patriots who signed this document. Several members in the audience were descendants of these signers. Then, the Fifth President of the United States, James Monroe (portrayed by James Harrison III) discussed his life and place in U.S. History. VASSAR President Peter Davenport then gave closing remarks, followed by presentation of wreaths by a number of VASSAR and VADAR chapters, as well as the Virginia Society Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. The event was followed by a delicious lunch of fried oysters and fried chicken. (submitted by Paul Walden)
Below photos: (top to bottom: Charles Belfield, James Monroe, and Peter Davenport
As part of the George Washington Birthday festivities in Alexandria, approximately 20 compatriots from the George Mason, George Washington, and Fairfax Resolves VASSAR Chapters marched in the parade through Old Town Alexandria on 18 Feb. The group was led by the talented Frederick Town Fife and Drum Corps who provided a moving musical accompaniment.
Continuing a long standing tradition, Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Virginia conducted an annual Morning Prayer service in memory of George Washington on February 18. The service followed the same liturgy used by the Church of England in Washington’s time. The Priest in Charge for Pohick, Rev. Dr. Lynn Ronaldi, delivered the homily. George Washington Chapter compatriots Bill Bland and Paul Walden served as ushers. The service was followed by a breakfast in the Parish Hall prepared by the Brotherhood of St. Andrews, followed by guest speaker, Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. Submitted by Paul Walden, George Washington Chapter
On 16 Feb 2019, several VASSAR Chapters including the Colonel James Wood II, Col William Grayson, and George Washington presented wreaths at the 238th Anniversary of the Crossing of the Dan. The ceremony commemorated General Nathaniel Greene's American Army's use of guerrilla warfare tactics to draw the British away from their supply lines and wear them down. Submitted by Dale Corey.