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York County Historical Committee announces pair of upcoming lectures

The York County Historical Committee will hold a pair of lectures in the coming weeks that take a look back into events of long ago.

Historian/author Dr. Jonathan White will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, on the topic “Shipwrecked.” This is a Civil War story on mutinies, jailbreaks, blockade-running, and the slave trade, a release said.

White’s talk will be based on his newly-released book telling the story of sea captain Appleton Oaksmith, blockade-running and slave-trading during the Civil War, and President Lincoln’s measures to destroy the illegal transatlantic slave trade.

White is a professor at Christopher Newport University, and a winner of the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize for 2023.

Mark Schneider, actor, historian and interpreter, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10 in York Hall on “Lafayette and the American Revolution.”

He will portray Lafayette in reflection on his role during the American Revolution. The presenta...

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