Hampden-Sydney College is a four-year traditional liberal arts college for men. Its 660-acre campus is seven miles south of Farmville. Since 1776 Hampden-Sydney has sustained its mission to "form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning." Ranked among the country's top liberal arts institutions, the college continues to live up to its historical promise by producing honorable men who serve the public good.
The Hampden-Sydney Fine Arts department features dramatic, musical, and visual arts all with the focus of expanding the artistic qualities of the Hampden-Sydney community. The Jongleurs of Hampden-Sydney perform several full-length plays each year including one-act plays; the group hosts professional guest companies which perform annually for the campus community. The nearly one-hundred member Glee Club presents numerous concerts each semester in addition to several formal concerts. Instrumental groups include the Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and Guitar Club all comprised of students from various academic interests.
For more information about these groups or their scheduled performances please call the Hampden-Sydney Fine Arts Hot Line at 804.223.7060 or visit Hampden Sydney's website.
The Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum
The Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum of Hampden-Sydney College houses a changing exhibition of memorabilia illustrating the rich history of Hampden-Sydney, the last American college founded under the British crown. Its first classes met in November 1975.
The visitor will see a number of portraits, including those of John Hampden and Algernon Sidney, the English patriots for whom the College is named; Jonathan P. Cushing, the 7th President of the College (1821-1835); and John Peter Mettauer, who attended Hampden-Sydney in 1805-1806 and as a pioneering gynecologist and surgeon developed innovative medical procedures and surgical instruments - some of which are on display.
The jewel among an extensive collection of Civil War items is the sword of Captain William Latane, who received his medical degree from the Hampden-Sydney Medical Department (later the Medical College of Virginia); he became an icon of the Southern cause, as the only Confederate cavalryman to lose his life during J.E.B. Stuart's celebrated reconnaissance expedition around the Federal troops commanded by General George B. McClellan in Hanover County in 1862.
One of the original tickets for the lottery authorized by the Virginia legislature in 1777 for funds for the new institution is on display, as are the bottle used to christen the S.S. Hampden-Sydney Victory in 1945 and a replica of the camera used by John William Draper, professor of chemistry at the College 1835-1839 and a pioneer in photography. The original camera is on loan to the Smithsonian Institution.
For more information, or to arrange a private or group tour, call 804.223.6134.www.hsc.edu/pres/museum
Hampden-Sydney Music Festival
For nearly two decades the Hampden-Sydney Music Festival has brought distinguished chamber music performers to campus for four public Artist Concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings of the last weekends in May. Music Lovers' Weekends provide guests with concerts, food, lodging, and all the amenities of the college, opportunities to explore the area, plus close and informal contact with artists and artist fellows. The Artist Fellowship Program provides two weeks of training for pre-professional ensembles that perform at Prelude Performances before Artist Concerts and in formal and informal concerts on-campus and in the area.
All are invited to enjoy distinguished artists, exciting performances, and fascinating repertoire all in the beautiful and relaxed setting of Hampden-Sydney College. Come and discover why festival performances, many broadcast across the country on National Public Radio's Performance Today have been hailed as "second-to-none."
For more information please call 804.223.6273.
Longwood College, founded in 1839, is a coeducational, comprehensive state assisted college offering programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of subjects. With an enrollment of over 3,700 students, the college offers the ambiance of a small private school with the cost benefits of a state institution. As the only four-year public institution in south central Virginia, Longwood serves as a catalyst for community and regional prosperity as well as advancing the visual and performing arts.
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