Fall 2008 Membership Meeting  
  The Commonwealth Club, Richmond, Virginia  



Saturday, November 8, 2008
Eleven-Thirty Reception; Twelve-Thirty Luncheon
Nine O'Clock Council Meeting
W. Harrison Schroeder, Governor

Speaker: Dr. Kent Mountford
Ecologist/Environmental Historian
The Cove Corporation, Lusby, Maryland
The founding of the Jamestowne settlement in the spring of 1607 marked the first continuing English interventions
 on an ancient and dynamic cultural system we call the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
 This ecosystem had been shaped for millennia by natural forces and the impacts
 of small Native American populations who lived along the Bay and rivers scattered elsewhere in the
64,000 square mile drainage basin. It was a vastly different estuary and landscape than what we see today.
The cultural memory of "the Bay as it was in the past" is very short, no more than a few generations.
Thirteen generations, however, separate us from the real-life impression experienced by the founding settlers.
We must dig deeply into their spare writings for details. Their seventeenth century accounts hint at the complexity
of their surrounding environment. Modern science opens vistas, hitherto closed, which enable us to tease out
a dim picture of the Chesapeake and surroundings in 1607 and 1608.
 The images which emerge are beautiful, surprising, and discouraging.
Some lessons, however, can be learned from the past about healing the Bay's desperate 21st century condition.
Many contemporary Bay area residents who may be unaware of broad lifestyle changes needed to truly restore the Bay
will be challenged to meet the mandate of returning the estuary to a state close to its earlier purity and robustness.
Those who are already aware of the Bay's problems will receive a much needed affirmation
to continue their dedication to the worthwhile goal of restoring the Chesapeake.


Members and Guests $50.00
Reservations close October 24, 2008(extended deadline)
Click here to access Reservation Form (PDF Format)
Please note that the new extended deadline is October 24th
Reserve early: space is limited.


1. Pan-Seared Salmon
Garden Salad
Chef's Selection of Market Vegetables
Commonwealth Club Bread
Tea or Coffee
Rum Raisin Ice Cream


2. Pork Scaloppini
Garden Salad
Chef's Selection of Market Vegetables
Commonwealth Club Bread
Tea or Coffee
Rum Raisin Ice Cream

Make checks payable to "Jamestowne Society"
Mail check and completed reservation form to
Jamestowne Society
P. O. Box 6845
Richmond, VA 23230


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Spring 2009 Meeting
Saturday in May 2009
Williamsburg, Virginia
(Note: Date to be determined. Check Society Newsletter and this website for updates)



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