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Depression-era films of Northern Neck topic of Lancaster Historical Society talk

“The James Wharton Films: An Enduring Record of Northern Neck Life in the 1930s” is the topic of the next program in the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society’s Zooming In On Local History Virtual Speaker Series.

Presented by Joni Carter, the program will be held at 3 p.m. next Thursday, July 15, via the Zoom platform.

Carter initiated the Wharton Films Project to bring attention to a rediscovered collection of more than 10 hours of 16mm silent films created by James Wharton of Weems. These films captured scenes of everyday people at work and at play in the small towns and rural communities of the Northern Neck during the Great Depression. Carter will share clips from the films and speak about the significance of their contents and Wharton’s work as a filmmaker and local historian.

The online program is free for LVHS members; $5 for others. All viewers must register in advance at or 804-462-7280. Registration to view the live broadcast closes at noon on t...

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