Tuesday Explorers

Posted on 02/16/21

Join AARP Virginia volunteers, members, and friends for our Tuesday Explorers post-lunch live lectures. You're invited to Zoom with us, keep your brain active, and learn something new. Programs are free and open to all however you must RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

Wright Brothers – First Flight Part II
Tuesday, April 27 @ 1:30 p.m.
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In this lecture, we’ll explore the Wright Brothers’ successful first flight in 1903, the years after the patent was granted, the death of the brothers and some interesting tidbits (“the rest of the story”) about the two brothers.

Meet our Guest Speaker: Christian Godart
Christian Godart has loved aviation his whole life. He first flew at the age of 17 years old, and decided to pursue an aviation degree following high school. After college, life took him in another direction, but he always maintained his love of everything airplanes, and aviation in general. He is retired from Fairfax County Public Schools where he worked as a Technology Specialist for over 20 years. Christian enjoys passing on his love of aviation to others by volunteering at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia and a National Park Volunteer at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park in Kitty Hawk, NC.

National Portrait Gallery Virtual Tour: America’s Presidents
Tuesday, May 11 @ 1:30 p.m.
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The National Portrait Gallery and the White House are the only locations were all the portraits of the Presidents of the United States are located.  However, the National Portrait Gallery is the only public building where all the portraits are displayed. This presentation will be a highlights tour of American presidents from different periods and showing different types of portraiture.  Starting with George Washington and the famous Lansdowne painting, this tour will include among many others Gardner’s cracked plate photograph of Abraham Lincoln, Elaine de Koonig’s portrait of John F. Kennedy, and, of course, Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama. 

Meet our NPG Docent: Barbara Nelson
Barbara Nelson is a lifelong teacher who spent the last twenty years of my career developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Participating in tours by docents at museums around the world convinced her that she could still teach in retirement but without grading essays or writing recommendations. In 2008, she was accepted by the National Portrait Gallery as a potential docent and began training. 

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Previous Tuesday Explorers programs

Historic Hunter Mill Road Corridor
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
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The Hunter Mill Road corridor connects today’s Oakton and Reston areas. It is 7.2 miles long and remains a historical treasure trove. Incredibly, the Hunter Mill corridor retains many of the characteristics that made it known by both sides of the American Civil War as the main road to and from Fairfax Court House and Dranesville, leading to the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg. This slide-oriented presentation dates back some 280 years and includes a number of period photos. Many of the structures and old roads are still in existence. Viewing period photos and hearing stories about some of the military figures and colorful citizens who lived in the area will bring the history to life. This is definitely a story for those interested in local history.

Jim Lewis is a noted Civil War and World War II historian, lecturer, and tour guide. He has authored numerous historical markers and been the keynote speaker for their dedications. In recognition of his many local historical contributions, he was once designated Lord Fairfax by the Hunter Mill District.

Where the wild things are--the Galapagos Islands!
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Click here to read a recap of the program or watch the full program below.

A small cluster of islands about 600 miles of the coast of Ecuador holds some of the world’s most exotic, vulnerable, but cherished animals!  The Galapagos was the first site to be recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site and 97% of the islands' area is a National Park. The islands were created by movements of tectonic plates and volcanos, some still active today. Meet the blue-footed boobies, marine monster iguanas, and Lonesome George, the poster child tortoise for endangered species.

Enthralled at an early age by history and geography books, Bonnie Becker has been fortunate in her adult life to travel to many of the places that stirred her childhood imagination. She enjoys studying up on the destinations before a trip and following news from such places upon return. Beginning as a high school social studies teacher, she was with the Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Equity and Compliance for many years, serving as the Title IX coordinator. She also taught human relations for teachers for the University of Virginia during that time.  Now retired, she is currently teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages to adults through the Washington English Center.

Wright Brothers – First Flight Part I
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Learn about the Wright family, early life, others looking at flight and how Wilbur and Orville got interested in flight, why did they go to Kitty Hawk, NC and their 1900, 1901, 1902 tests in Kitty Hawk.

Christian Godart is retired from Fairfax County Public Schools where he worked as a Technology Specialist for over 20 years. Christian enjoys passing on his love of aviation to others by volunteering at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia and a National Park Volunteer at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park in Kitty Hawk, NC.

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