Date and Time
Oct 29, 2023 5:00 pm
Let’s Keep Talking!
ACTOR (A Continuing Talk on Race)
Facilitated by Pamela Pinnock
This month's featured guest will be Eola Lewis Dance, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Montpelier Foundation (TMF), which operates James Madison’s historic home in Virginia. Dance has served as a public historian for more than 20 years with the National Parks Service and in the nonprofit world. She is the first African American woman and descendant of enslaved people to serve as President and CEO of a National Presidential site.
Historic sites, museums, and cultural institutions represent a legacy of public education, dialogue, and the quest for truth. Recent events at sites like James Madison’s Montpelier demonstrate the paradigm shift in reimagining interpretation and co-stewardship of cultural landscapes nationally and globally. As the field of historic preservation engages descendant communities across the nation, Montpelier and the National Trust for Historic Preservation published the Descendant Engagement Rubric in 2018 and reached structural parity in 2022.
A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) is a public discussion series. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race, class and culture. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action!
On the last Sunday of each month there is a new topic for discussion