Dr. Rainville’s 2017 Talks


“For Keep of These Grounds:” Reflections given at an African American Cemetery 

19 October 2017 | 730pm| University of Virginia, Universities Studying Slavery

estouteville-slave-gravestones-cropLiving with the Dead: Slave Graveyards in Virginia

19 October 2017 | 230pm| University of Virginia, Universities Studying Slavery


Invisible Founders: A Discussion with Descendants of Sweet Briar’s Enslaved Community

20 October 2017 | 930am| University of Virginia, Universities Studying Slavery


Remembering Rockbridge County’s Role in the Great War: From Ambulances to War Memorials. Armistice Day Lecture, with an accompanying exhibition at W&L.

5 November 2017 | 230pm| Lee Chapel, Washington & Lee University


Virginia’s Role in World War I. A workshop for teachers.

11 July 2017 | 11am

MacArthur Memorial, Norfolk

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Gravestone Genealogies: Mapping Family History in Virginian Cemeteries.

15 September 2017 | 230pm

Library of Virginia and AAHGS


Unconventional e-Research into Slavery at Sweet Briar: 15 years of Social Media, Websites, & Databases

3 March 2017 | Virginia Forum, Norfolk State University Learn more.


Sweet Briar’s Invisible Founders: Two Centuries of African American Labor

7 March 2017 | noon

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville   Learn more.


Will the Stones Whisper Their Names? Identifying and Protecting Sacred African American Burial Sites

18 March 2017 | Louisa Arts Center

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Tour of the University of Virginia Cemetery & African American Burial Site

25 March 2017 | Campbell Hall

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Enslaved Founders at a Virginian College

30 March 2017 | Georgetown University Symposium  Learn more.

Virginia’s Role in the Great War. Keynote speaker for the observations of the centennial of America’s entry into World War I

6 April 2017 | Carillon, Richmond, Virginia  Learn more.

Keynote Speaker for the annual History United Conference, “Finding Our Roots”

6 May 2017 | Reid St. Gallery, Chatham, Virginia Learn more.

Keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Washington County Historical Society. Washington County’s Role in World War I.

10 June 2017 | Abingdon

2016 Talks

Historic Black Lives Matter

7 January 2016 | Society Historic Archaeology, Washington D.C.

Protecting God’s Acre: historic black graveyards

6 February 2016 | Chesterfield Public Library

Slavery and American Colleges

18 March 2016 | National Council on Public History, Baltimore

Cemetery Activism

19 March 2016 | National Council on Public History, Baltimore

African American Heritage at Sweet Briar, 1810-2010

June 4, 2016 | Sweet Briar College Reunion

Virginia’s Surprising Role in the Great War

20 September 2016 | Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Fellows Talk

Caring for African American Cemeteries

20 September 2016 |Roanoke Public Library, Gainsboro Branch

Remembering the Great War: Virginia’s War Efforts

23 September 2016 |OLLI Special Presentation

Contesting the American Narrative: Cemetery Commemorations & Graveyard Ghosts

7 October 2016 | Assn for the Study of African American Life & History, Richmond

God’s Acre: Archaeo-Historic Insights into African American Graveyards

13 October 2016 | Archaeological Institute of America Talk, University of Richmond

Cemetery Workshop: Daughters of Zion Graveyard

16 October 2016 |Preservation Virginia 31st Conference, Charlottesville

Reading Gravestones as Text: A Study of Two Hundred Years of African-American Funerary Remains

4 November 2016 | Southern Historical Association, St. Pete Beach, Florida