Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 - Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022
Wednesday-Saturday, Noon–8 p.m. and Sunday, Noon–6 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. This experience will be closed on 12/23, 12/24, 12/25 and 12/31 in observance of County holidays.
Our gift to you! The experience is being offered for free with registration through December 2021. You can register for a one-hour timeslot by clicking here.
In “Traveling While Black VR,” the immersion of 360° footage draws viewers into living history lessons told around a booth in Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Washington, D.C. restaurant has been a mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. The Traveling While Black VR experience/film was directed by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams.
From the stirring memories of civil rights leader Courtland Cox to the heartbreaking words of Samaria Rice, whose young son Tamir was killed by police in 2014, VR allows Williams to connect the parallels of the past to the present.
Please register for a timeslot. We will sign in participants at the top of the hour, with a short introduction to the Occulus VR set, followed by the film that lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m.
In the MCC Community Hall
Bring an indoor picnic and introduce your kids to the animated movies that you love.
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Episodes Five and Six
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m.
Free admission; registration is required.
Come explore the history of the Broadway musical in this six-part documentary.
Featuring members of the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Free admission. Registration is required. Register here.
To make sure we hold on to and deepen the knowledge we gained during Native American Heritage Month in November, join us for an in-depth discussion group (via Zoom) on the history of indigenous Virginians using The Pocahontas Project Online Course as a guide. Each discussion will cover two sessions of this 10-session, online course and be co-facilitated by a Rappahannock Tribe Member as well as members of The Alden’s staff. The final session will be facilitated by The Pocahontas Project developers Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribe and Rick Tatnall.
The Pocahontas Project is a collaborative effort between the County of Gloucester Virginia, the Rappahannock Indian Tribe and Replenish Richmond that presents native Virginian history around the time of European contact through the lens of Pocahontas’s life and legacy. This course also discusses the history and culture of Virginia’s Native American Tribes, with special attention to the eight Virginia tribes that were aligned with paramount Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas.
To participate, you must register. You will receive free access to the 10-session course as well as links to all five discussion groups (which will be emailed out the day of the event). If you wish to attend a discussion group, you must register at least two hours before the start time, but we recommend much more time so that you can review the course materials in advance.