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Message from The President
Our lives have been temporarily adjusted the pass eight weeks. The important thing is staying healthy, being active physically and mentally. I just wanted to touch base to let you what is happening with your organization.

One of the new communication tools we have been experimenting with is Zoom. I am aware there have been security concerns reported in the media about Zoom. The company has taken corrective action by releasing Zoom 5.0 on April 27th. Elder Study has taken additional steps to help protect our membership with the waiting room feature by controlling who is allowed to join the meeting/discussion. In the future we may add additionally security measures as Zoom releases them. This is a great communication tool to enable interaction with our members.


Thursday, May 14th, 1-3 pm, Book Group is reviewing The Girl With Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by David John and Lee Hyeon-seo. An extraordinary insight into life in North Korea under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. 

Wednesday, May 27th, 1-3 pm - Administration Committee Meeting , hosted by Keith Fennell

Thursday, May 28th, 10 am - 12 pm - The US-and Palestine-Israel, hosted by Joe and Siham Alfred

Wednesday, June 3rd, 10 am - 12 pm - Board of Directors Meeting, hosted by Michelle Esbenshade

Thursday, June 4th, 1pm -  Virtual Spring Celebration Event

If you are interested in participating in any of these Zoom sessions, please email the Curriculum Committee to receive an invitation.

The University is looking at reopening in the Fall. Discussion are going on and a decision will be made in the next couple of months. We will adjust according with our own Elder Study Fall Session schedule. I like being optimistic and look forward to marking our calendars.

Please continue to stay safe,

Michelle M. Esbenshade


Elder Study has two opportunities for members to get involved,Secretary and Treasurer. Please think about giving your time, we are a volunteer organization. If you are interested either position please reach out to me to discuss. (

Retired? Looking for continuing education? 

Mary Washington ElderStudy is a 27-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.

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. Lectures are held 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.