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Washington & Northern Virginia Company
December 5, 2015
Dinner Meeting
at Army and Navy Club
Washington, DC
Speaker:  Connie Lapallo

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    Connie Lapallo  Our speaker for this meeting was Connie Lapallo,
           Author, Historian and Lecturer


Since the launch of Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky, Connie Lapallo has been invited to speak more than 400 times at historical societies, conferences, civic groups, book clubs, libraries, churches, colleges, public schools, private schools, and home schools. Her presentations are historically accurate and dynamic. Without notes, Connie tells you the story of the trials of these early women and children.

While she has a degree in finance from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Georgia, Connie Lapallo’s first loves have always been writing, teaching, and history.  She was first professionally published at 16 as a youth reporter for the Richmond News Leader (now merged with the Times-Dispatch.)  Her time as a tour guide at Berkeley Plantation proved to be good preparation for her future work as a speaker and storyteller.


Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky is an excellent tool to help upper middle schoolers, high schoolers (or anyone) learn more about:

·         the reasons for English exploration of the New World and the climate in England at that time.

·         the political leaders involved in early Jamestown

·         the leaders are portrayed as human beings and their personalities are kept as true as possible to what period documents suggest.

·         the uncertain politics and how close Jamestown came to being yet another failed English colony.

·         the culture, setting, and daily life of the Jamestown adventurers.

·         the role of women and children in the early days of the colony of Virginia.

·         the reasons why the Starving Time occurred. Could it have been prevented?

·         shipboard life during this time.

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