Governor’s Palace, Colonial Williamsburg, Photo: Bill Loscalzo
2022 Annual Meeting – May 10th – 14th
2022 Add-on Event – May 15
Capital, birthplace of a nation, home to 5 U.S. presidents, John D. Rockefeller’s dream of a living, breathing museum. All describe the site of the Manuscript Society’s 2022 annual meeting. After the Virginia capital moved to Richmond during the Revolutionary War, Williamsburg began a slow slide into oblivion. Buildings visited by the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and others fell into disrepair. And then Reverend W.A.R. Goodwin got the ear and checkbook of John D. Rockefeller. With his generosity and vision, Colonial Williamsburg was restored to its original glory. In May, you will have the opportunity to walk the streets and visit the buildings our founding fathers frequented. Your stay at the annual meeting will include a 7-day pass to explore all the historic sites.
Our first evening will, of course, feature our opening reception and fun auction, “It is a benefit you know.”
On Wednesday, we will visit the Rockefeller Library where we will see original blueprints, renderings and documents, an illustrative history of the rebirth of our colonial capitol. We will also visit several of the conservation labs where we will see and learn how Colonial Williamsburg maintains and restores its historical treasures. After lunch, we will hear about and visit (weather permitting) Colonial Williamsburg’s newest and most exciting archaeological dig site.
For a lucky few (26) who sign up for the optional Chef’s Kitchen, you will be treated to a cooking demonstration and a five-course dinner prepared in front of you.
Thursday takes us to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown where we will get a guided tour of the museum. After lunch, it is off to the Earl Gregg Swem Library where we will see a sample of William & Mary’s treasured documents and artifacts. The library is also hosting a wine and cheese reception.
A special dinner at a colonial Tavern will be hosted by our own treasurer, Anthony Loscalzo, and his wife Kathy.
Friday has a bus ride to Richmond where we will visit the Virginia Museum of History and Culture which houses documents of such notables as George Washington, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee and many more. Lunch will be at the historic Hanover Tavern, a tavern owned by Patrick Henry’s father-in-law and pivotal to Henry’s transformation from bartender/fiddler to lawyer.
Saturday begins with our breakfast and business meeting along with presentations by some special guest speakers. There will be plenty of time to visit the village and prepare for our closing banquet. For those who wish to stay a few days more, our guest passes will be good thru Monday.
On Sunday, a special add-on adventure with a day-trip to where it all began – Jamestown, VA.
Mark your Calendar and travel back in history to Colonial Williamsburg for the 2022 Annual meeting.
– William (Bill) and Marge Loscalzo, Meeting Planners
Registration: $700.00 (exclusive of airfare and hotel) Deadline for registration is April 08, 2022