CHESTERFIELD — The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, in cooperation with Chesterfield’s Department of Parks and Recreation, will present a lecture at the County Museum on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Alexander Barnes, Command Historian for the Virginia National Guard and author of several military history books, including "In a Strange Land: The American Occupation of Germany, 1918-1923".

Barnes is a retired Chief Warrant Officer from the Virginia National Guard and also retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Lee in 2015 after 30 years of service as an Army civilian. He will discuss Virginia’s critical role in the United States’ efforts in the First World War. Virginia’s strategic geographic location made it a central hub for shipping soldiers, draft animals, and war equipment to France to support the US Army. Virginia would become home to many of the critically important training sites for the Army, Navy, and the Marines. All of these activities left traces that still remain today. The presentation will share that story and images of some of these locations.

Seating will be limited. After the lecture, all are welcome to tour the County Museum and Old Jail, where visitors can view a temporary exhibit commemorating the Centennial of Fort Lee.

For more information, call the County Museum at (804) 768-7311. While the event is free, donations are welcome. The museum is located at 6813 Mimms Loop, on the Historic Courthouse Green along Route 10/Ironbridge Road.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1981. Its mission is to research and celebrate the history of Chesterfield County by collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting the county’s unique past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information, visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com