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Welcome to Life Long Learning!

Mary Washington ElderStudy is a 28-year-old organization of over 350 retirement-aged people in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area who share a love of learning. We are affiliated with The University of Mary Washington and nationally with the Lifelong Learning Institutes and Road Scholar Network.

ElderStudy is designed by members to suit their interests. We offer 45+ 2-hour sessions each semester on diverse subjects, led mostly by college faculty and other professionals. We currently meet via Zoom, but once COVID restrictions are lifted we'll return to classroom lectures on the University of Mary Washington Stafford campus in a zero-step access building with plenty of parking. Tours of the Ridderhof-Martin and duPont Galleries as well as tours of Virginia and Washington DC historic, scientific and artistic sites are provided every semester. We hold two play discussions highlighting upcoming plays at the Klein Theatre every semester. In addition, our Book Group will read and discuss nine books a year. Members may attend as many or as few sessions as they choose.

ElderStudy is Good for Your Health! Research tells us that among the factors contributing to a long and healthy life, the benefits of staying socially connected, keeping your mind sharp and adapting positively to adversity carry great weight for good health.

For a fee of just $40 for the Winter 2021 semester, you'll have access to unlimited sessions, social activities, local tours (pandemic restrictions permitting), book group discussions and so much more. Navigate to the calendar via the menu on the left to see what sessions were offered in the fall. As of December 1st, the Spring semester schedule will be posted.  Inquiries can be made by leaving a message at

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