Welcome to Historic Occasions

Historic Occasions is a Richmond based production company specializing in dramatized historical events, theater, parties and more. Our managing director, Michael Fletcher, brings over 30 years event experience and has produced events across the country from Nashville to Seattle. Event locations in Washington DC include the Japanese, British, and German Embassies, The White House, and Capitol Hill.

Whether a five-person committee meeting or a five-day conference for thousands, we’ve successfully planned them all.

Historical events include a Renaissance Ball, a festive evening of English country dance and drama and interactive murder mysteries.

Michael is the author of Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, an original stage production scheduled to premier in Richmond, Virginia in October, 2018.

Michael also provides writing, editorial and graphic design services (Michael R. Fletcher VA) and blogs on a weekday basis at The Write Side of My Brain.

Let Historic Occasions help you Celebrate the Past and Create the Future.

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The Atlanta Compromise

On this day in 1895, Booker T. Washington delivered the Alanta Compromise address.

This was an agreement between Washington, president of the Tuskegee Institute, other African-American leaders, and Southern white leaders. It was first supported, and later opposed by W. E. B. Du Bois and other African-American leaders.

The agrement was never written down. It agreed that blacks would not ask for the right to vote, would not retaliate against racist behavior, and would tolerate segregation and discrimination. The would also receive free basic education, limited to vocational or industrial training. Liberal arts education would be prohibited.

Black leaders began to take issue with the compromise at the turn of the 20th century. Following Washington’s death in 1915, supporters of the Atlanta compromise slowly shifted their support to civil rights activism, leading up to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s.

Booker T. Washington was born in Hale’s Ford, Virginia in 1856 (date unknown). He died in Tuskegee, Alabama on November 14, 1915.

Constitution Day 2019

 

On this day in 1787, the United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This day celebrates the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 when West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd proposed an amendment to the Omnibus spending bill. Previously, the day was known as “Citizenship Day.”

On June 21, 1788 New Hampshire becaome the ninth and last state necessary to ratify the Constitution.

When was the last time you read the Constitution? If it’s been a while, check it out at this link.

Or at least check it out on Schoolhouse Rock.

I can’t wait to get on the road again

The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.

American journalist, Charles Kuralt, was born on this day in 1934 (died 1997)

I’m old enough to remember when we sat at home and watched the evening news. So, I can remember the segments of “On the Road” with Charles Kuralt. Kuralt traveled the country in a motor home for some twenty-five years, visiting the towns and sites that you wouldn’t see by traveling the interstate.

I’ve never wanted to do the same. I mean, at least not in a motor home, or what we’d call and RV.

Still, I’ve come to enjoy getting out on the back roads and wish I could do more of it.

I used to have a job that had me flying around the country two or three times a month. Those days are long gone.

These days, I sometimes get to travel the back roads with the day job. I got to do that recently with a trip to Luray, Virginia. It made me want to do more of the driving through the winding roads through the mountains. It made me want to spend more time walking through the old towns with quaint shops and restaurants.

I had the chance to have a meeting and lunch at Gatheering Grounds in Luray. A charming coffee shop/cafe in an old store front.

I need to do more of that. In m free time.

Luray is, of course, known for the Luray Caverns which have underground walkways, and the Great Stalacpipe Organ. I didn’t visit the caverns on this trip, but may have to the next time.

Granted, it was the day job that took me there, but I look forward to the time when perhaps the day job can be traveling around to these charming little towns. There’s much to be said about getting off the commercialized, well trodden path.

I don’t get to do it often enough. But, when I do, I’ll write about it here.