CRRL History: Stafford County Interviews
Annotation:"Author of A History of Our Own: Stafford County, Virginia, Al Conner is a life member and four-time past president of the Stafford County Historical Society."
Annotation:Making wonderful music has always been part of Ann Rabson’s life. Now in her fourth decade as a songwriter, recording artist, and performer, she is visited by Debby Klein and shares her thoughts and her music.
Annotation:Anthony Campbell, with his lovely voice and personality continues to delight audiences wherever and whenever he performs. In this CRRL Presents interview, we learned about his music, his Today show win, and his plans and dreams for a future which he now enjoys.
Annotation:Ashley Belyea brought her talent, charm, and skill to the hearts of the beleaguered children and young women in Bosnia. Her program, Nas Svijet created dance workshops and opportunities never before experienced. Debby Klein talks to Ashley about her involvement and the future of this inspiring program on CRRL Presents.
Annotation:Boris and Rachel Gokovski own and operate the B & R Ranch where horseback riding and development opportunities for individuals with special needs are conducted. In a state of the art facility, both children and adults with learning and physical disabilities benefit from the experience. At the ranch, Debby Klein talks to Boris and Rachel about their passion for their work and observes Sarah Garvin, a young rider, increasing her confidence and her skill.
Annotation:A lovely morning is spent in the Gardens at Belmont where Debby Klein has an opportunity to talk to Beate Jensen about her responsibilities as Grounds Preservation Supervisor. Follow the progress of work being done to restore Belmont to the days of Gari and Corinne Melchers.
Annotation:"D. P. Newton is a life-long resident of White Oak and, on his own initiative, established the White Oak Civil War Museum and Stafford Research Center. The museum and D. P. have been recognized by the Virginia Historical Society (Lora Robins Award) for their unique focus and contributions to understanding the lives of the common soldiers of both armies during the Civil War. A co-founder and president of the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites, he is an indispensable resource on all aspects of Civil War research and on Stafford’s role and participation in the war."
Annotation:Lifetime Achievement Award winner Fred Franklin was recognized for his work with young people as an outstanding drama teacher for 38 years. He talks about his career and his approach to life with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.
Annotation:The England Run Branch, the eighth and newest branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is located in Stafford County. It is a state-of-the-art facility with features that attract and encourage library use and make the library system readily available to a highly populated area. Debby Klein meets with Branch Manager Nancy Buck for a close look at the facility on CRRL Presents.
Annotation:"Retired educator Jane Conner was the citizen most responsible for saving Government Island and was one of the leaders in saving Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home. She is the author of Birthstone of the White House and Capitol, Lincoln in Stafford, and Sinners, Saints and Soldiers in Civil War Stafford."
Annotation:Caring and curious about her ancestry and her extensive family's place in the history of White Oak, in Stafford County, Lou “Whitefeather” Silver has explored her genealogy on a journey back through 400 years and 16 generations. She shares her extensive knowledge and amazing memory in an interview with Debby Klein on CRRL Presents.
Annotation:Well-known for her portraits that hang in public places, Norma Starkweather's lovely paintings cover a variety of subjects. Debby Klein visits Norma to view her art and her interesting home.
Annotation:The Reverend Theresie Houghton’s gentle manner and selfless commitment to the area’s poor, disadvantaged, and terminally ill have earned her the respect and admiration of people throughout our community. She helps and inspires all ages, particularly children.
Annotation:The Patawomeck Indians played an important role during the clash over the first Virginia settlement at Jamestown. Robert Green, the 21st century Patawomeck Chief, talks to Debby Klein about his work to preserve the rich lineage of his tribe.
Annotation:On a beautiful morning in the gardens at Chatham, Tony Wrenn shares his love of gardens and the amazing architecture that surrounds us.
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These video interviews with Stafford County residents charmingly reveal much of the region's past and its bright present. They are part of our long-running CRRL Presents series. Descriptions in quotes come from the Stafford County Historical Society's Web site.