The Walter W. Craigie Speaker Series

Named in Walter’s honor and to keep his legacy and vision alive, this series brings speakers to St. John’s to talk about a wide variety of topics related to history.

               Walter W. Craigie

              Walter W. Craigie

St. John’s Church Foundation’s longest serving trustee, Walter W. Craigie, a former past president of the board and first trustee emeritus, died on March 3, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia.

The Foundation is extremely grateful to Walter for his years of exceptional leadership and service. Walter served for over 20 years as a trustee of the Foundation (1990 - 2010) and served for 10 of these years as the president of the Board of Trustees. As our first trustee emeritus, he continued to serve the Foundation with his significant leadership skills and depth of knowledge.

We initiated the Walter W. Craigie Speaker Series in October 2016 with Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr., whose talk entitled Ill Suited to the Job: America's Worst Presidents, packed the Parish Hall.   

Dr. Jon kukla

Wednesday October 4, 2017

Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty

Please join us for Dr. Jon Kukla’s talk about his new book Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty. Kukla’s three previous books embody his personal goal of writing first-rate historic scholarship for the general readership. Jon was the former director of Red Hill–The Patrick Henry National Memorial.  His latest book brings both newly discovered documents and new insights to the story of the patriot who played a central role in the movement to independence, the Revolution, the Constitutional era, and the early Republic. His book is an important contribution to our understanding of the nation’s founding. 

5:30 p.m. Reception in the Parish Hall
6:30 p.m. Presentation and Q&A inside St. John’s Church

The event is free and open to the public but YOU MUST RSVP.

Please call Sarah Whiting at 804.649.0263 or email by clicking the RSVP button.


John A. Ragosta

MAY 10, 2017

John A. Ragosta is a Fellow at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Randolph College. He is the author of Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed (2013) and Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia's Religious Dissenters Helped Win the American Revolution and Secured Religious Liberty (2010). He will present a talk entitled:

Patrick Henry: Forgotten Father

  The event is free and open to the public but you MUST RSVP.  

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in the Parish Hall
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Presentation and Q&A inside St. John’s Church


Dr. Charles F. BryaN, Jr.

"ill suited for the job: america's worst presidents"

October 5, 2016

Dr. Bryan retired in 2008 after a thirty year career as a public historian. He first served as assistant editor of the Papers of Andrew Jackson, a University of Tennessee documentary editing project. Then following stints as executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society and St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, Dr. Bryan was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Historical Society in 1988. Dr. Bryan is a frequent contributor to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.