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2023 Calendar

 

Upcoming Events for 2023:

Be sure to check back often as we add more events and details.

APRIL

Cemetery Preservation Workshops


FREE |
April 22, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m | In-Person


Our Cemetery Preservation Workshops not only provide our volunteers and local community with applicable knowledge of historic cemetery care but also supports the Ancient Cemetery at St. Luke’s by providing much-needed and loving care of the oldest monuments in our cemeteries The necessary tools for the workshop will be provided. Please fill in the registration form to reserve your spot. An RSVP is required. 

MAY

Cemetery Preservation Workshops


FREE |
May 20, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m | In-Person


Our Cemetery Preservation Workshops not only provide our volunteers and local community with applicable knowledge of historic cemetery care but also supports the Ancient Cemetery at St. Luke’s by providing much-needed and loving care of the oldest monuments in our cemeteries The necessary tools for the workshop will be provided. Please fill in the registration form to reserve your spot. An RSVP is required. 

JUNE

Cemetery Preservation Workshops


FREE |
June 17, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m | In-Person


Our Cemetery Preservation Workshops not only provide our volunteers and local community with applicable knowledge of historic cemetery care but also supports the Ancient Cemetery at St. Luke’s by providing much-needed and loving care of the oldest monuments in our cemeteries The necessary tools for the workshop will be provided. Please fill in the registration form to reserve your spot. An RSVP is required. 

AUGUST

Cemetery Preservation Workshops


FREE |
August 19, 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m | In-Person


Our Cemetery Preservation Workshops not only provide our volunteers and local community with applicable knowledge of historic cemetery care but also supports the Ancient Cemetery at St. Luke’s by providing much-needed and loving care of the oldest monuments in our cemeteries The necessary tools for the workshop will be provided. Please fill in the registration form to reserve your spot. An RSVP is required. 

Past Events in 2022:

MARCH

Religion and the U.S. Constitution Lecture


FREE |
March 19, 1:00 p.m. | Via Zoom

Is the United States of America a Christian nation? A secular nation? The answer to both questions is no. So what exactly does the Constitution allow and prohibit? How did issues of religion help shape the debate over ratification in 1787 and 1789? How is it that both Pro-slavery and Abolitionists were opposed to the Constitution? What compromises allowed ratification to occur? What subsequent amendments have altered the role of religion in government? St. Luke’s Education Coordinator, John Ericson, will discuss these issues via Zoom.

MAY

The Church of the Empire


$15 |
May 14, 1:00 p.m | In-Person

While the Roman Catholic Church had a large role in the lives of the people of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, only in England do we see the Church ruled by the Monarch. Learn how the role of the Anglican Church in Virginia was more about controlling behavior and keeping down rebellion than saving souls. Education Coordinator John Ericson will share his research about this unique marriage of church and state.

SEPTEMBER

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17th Century Isle of Wight County: A Living History Event


FREE |
September 10 & 11 | In-Person

Join us at St. Luke’s for a 17th-century living history weekend at Virginia’s Oldest Church. There will be period vendors, demonstrations, and more available. Re-enactors will also be present throughout the event.

FEATURED EVENTS:

  • “The Religions and Spiritualities of the Powhatan People,” with Dr. Buck Woodard on Saturday Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. Free lecture, limited seating. (registration required)
  • The Locrian Consort will also present a concert on 17th Century music at 4 p.m. on Saturday (separate tickets required).
  • “Bacon and Berkeley: The Crisis of Cavalier Leadership,” with Mark Summers on Sunday at 1 p.m. Mark is the Director of Youth and Public Programming at Historic Jamestowne. Free lecture, limited seating. (registration required)

Living Historians, Sutlers, etc. who are interested in participating, please email Education Coordinator John Ericson at jericson@stlukesmuseum.org for more information.

OCTOBER

An Evening With “Why Old Places Matter” Author Thompson M. Mayes


2PM | OCT. 2, 2022 | FREE

Join us as we talk with Author Thompson M. Mayes about his book “Why Old Places Matter” on October 2nd at 2PM.

This special program is in grateful partnership with the Isle of Wight Historical Society.

Family-Friendly Twilight Cemetery Tour


$15 for Ages 6+ |
October 21, 6:00 p.m. | In-Person
Advance ticket purchase encouraged, snacks and warm beverages provided.

Dead men don’t tell tales, but their tombstones do! St. Luke’s has been the site of burials since the 1600’s. Enjoy the stories of local saints and sinners on a guided tour through the Ancient Cemetery. This is a kid-friendly and family-friendly version of our Twilight Cemetery Tours scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday evening. Tickets are $15 per person and children under the age of 6 tour for free. Tickets are not required for children under the age of 6. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Plan to enjoy the complimentary craft table with your kids.

Adults Only Twilight Cemetery Tours


$25 |
October 21, Multiple Times | In-Person
Advance ticket purchase encouraged

Dead men don’t tell tales, but their tombstones do! St. Luke’s has been the site of burials since the 1600’s. Enjoy the stories of local saints and sinners on a guided tour through the Ancient Cemetery. There will be 4 time slots available: 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. The experience will take approximately 1 hour. A hard cider tasting featuring Sly Clyde Ciderworks will be included in the experience. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to participate. IDs will be checked at the door and anyone without an ID or who is younger than 21 years old will not be admitted.

Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia: 1626-1730


$15 |
Saturday October 22, 2022 1 PM and 3 PM | In-Person
Advance ticket purchase encouraged

The witchcraft mania that swept through Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, while significant, has tended to overshadow the historical records of the persecutions of alleged witches in other colonies. Join us as Historian Carson Hudson explores the often-misunderstood subject of witchcraft persecution in early Virginia. Hudson offers insights into the beliefs, occurrences, and legal proceedings regarding witchcraft in early Colonial Virginia, separating historical fact from historical fiction. Beware! It’s not exactly as Monty Python depicts it! Tickets are $15 per person and light refreshments will be provided.

NOVEMBER

Honoring Our Veterans


Free Event, donations are gratefully received.
November 12, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | In-Person

St. Luke’s will celebrate the contributions of our veterans with music, special tours, and a time to give thanks for all those who have served our nation. Join us as we salute those who have protected our freedoms throughout our history.

DECEMBER

Choraliers Carol by Candlelight: A Journey Through Time


$10 |
December 2 & 3, Multiple Times | In-Person
Advance ticket purchase encouraged.

Smithfield High School’s select Choraliers Ensemble presents a cappella carols for the Christmas season. This music spans from ancient times to the present, from old classics to new favorites. Choose from: Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. or Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m.