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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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Winter lecture series kicks of January 6 at SML State Park

Patrick Shroeder, historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, is returning to Smith Mountain Lake State Park on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.

Shroeder will bring to life the stories of the April 8, 1865, Battle of Appomattox Station and the April 9, 1865, Battle of Appomattox Court House.

2013 marks the 11th year of the Winter Lecture Series programs presented by the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. For Shroeder, it will be his fifth year as part of the series, and he returns in celebration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Each year's lecture series is held on the first Sunday of the first four months of the year.

February 3 will bring local history of special interest to residents of the lake area. Doug Cooper and Jennifer Thompson of the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library will tell the story of the "Relocation of the Cemeteries for the Smith Mountain Lake Project."

Bill Leaning is returning on March 3 with his New Zealand bird photography. This year, he brings a pictorial diary of the Virginia garden he has created and the winged creatures who have visited.

On April 7, Ron Coleman, retired historian and Franklin county resident, will tell of "Hunter's Raid and the Failure to Take Lynchburg."

A single ticket to any of the four lectures is $7 at the door, and a season ticket for the series is $18. There is a discount for buying two season tickets, priced at $32. For the January lecture, arrive a little early to allow for ticket purchase since most season ticket purchases are made in January.

All of the Sunday lectures are held from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Discovery Center at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

For more information, call 540-297-6066.

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