Greetings! Though our summer weather this year has been more pleasant than in recent memory, the beautiful fall colors and even more moderate temperatures will still be very welcome. The Northumberland County Historical Society is very pleased to have Dr. Billy L. Wayson as its guest speaker for our fall program, on Sunday October 5, 2014. Dr. Wayson’s presentation, “Mother of Democracy” is the story of Martha Jefferson Randolph, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson. He will discuss Martha’s unique relationship with her father, her role in the forging of democracy, as well as her personal images of family and culture.
Dr. Wayson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Iowa and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia. In addition, he has received two fellowships at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. He is currently engaged in a long-term project on Thomas Jefferson’s financial affairs in the context of the period around 1800.
He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute and presented courses and lectures on such topics as Thomas Jefferson, and on the long shadow of slavery on contemporary public policies in the fields of education, healthcare and criminal justice. When not pursuing his love of all things Jefferson, Dr. Wayson co-owns and operates Grace Spring Farm, a progressive and award winning dairy farm. He is actively engaged in community service, including his work on the school board and in the government of Louisa County, and his contributions to local historical societies.
Be sure to mark your calendar for October 5 at 2:30 p.m. and come join us for this informative and enjoyable presentation. Dr. Wayson’s book, “Martha Jefferson Randolph: Republican Daughter and Plantation Mistress” will be for sale, and refreshments will be served following his presentation.