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Polegreen in the News

Richmond Times-Dispatch article: “Driving Force for the Greater Good”

Times-Dispatch Features Dr. Bluford and Polegreen

THIS FEATURE ARTICLE by the Richmond Times-Dispatch's award-winning staff member, Bill Lohmann, pretty much says it all when it comes to “News” about Polegreen. It tells the story of how Polegreen came into being from the point of view the Rev. Dr. Robert Bluford, our Founder and Chairman. But — perhaps more significantly — it is an insightful and encouraging story about what one person with a compelling idea can accomplish.

Here is a link to the Times-Dispatch story, which was published August 16, 2016:
http://www.richmond.com/life/article_1b66d13c-87d0-5da0-b9b5-9c57a807e9e8.html

2015 Event Highlights in Review

April 30, 2015: Dr. Faedah M. Totah, associate professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, spoke on the current situation between Sunnis and Shia in the Middle East, its history and how politics has distorted religious differences that had been overcome in earlier times. She has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. Her presentation was part of Historic Polegreen's Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Lecture Series.

June 11, 2015: Dr. John Ragosta, a noted scholar specializing in early American history, spoke on "Thomas Jefferson and Religious Freedom" as the next in the Richard Reynolds Foundation Lecture Series. Ragosta holds both JD and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia as well as a master's degree in early American history from George Washington University.

Sept. 17, 2015: Dr. Christopher Grasso addressed "religious skepticism in the early republic," in another of the Foundation's offerings in its Richard Reynolds Lecture Series. Dr. Grasso is a history professor at the College of William & Mary; he was editor of the W&M Quarterly from 2000 until 2014. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University. His book, Skepticism and American Faith: From the Revolution to the Civil War will be published by Oxford University Press.

Nov. 5, 2015: Dr. Charles Sydnor, past president of Community Idea Stations (PBS & NPR), Emory & Henry College, and now recently retired as President of the Virginia Holocaust Museum, was the featured speaker at HPCF's annual Founders' Day luncheon November 5 at the University of Richmond's Jepson Alumni Center.

Through a generous grant from an anonymous friend, Historic Polegreen was a "Day Sponsor" on WCVE–FM both Friday Nov. 6 and Friday Nov. 20. As a "Day Sponsor" on the area's NPR affiliate, Historic Polegreen was cited and characterized in on-air mentions at key times during programming on both days.

On November 20 at 5:30 p.m. Historic Polegreen's traditional annual Grand Holiday Illumination celebration took place. The Grand Illumination has become a beacon and a holiday tradition for several years, and this year's turnout was exceptional with nearly 75 present.


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