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The Mediterranean Society

Through vision and concentrated effort, the Mediterranean Society of America was launched in 1968 by a small, but enthusiastic group of citizens in Richmond, Virginia. Though the Society has been led by individuals possessing a specialized knowledge of the Mediterranean lands, its strength has always remained its lay membership. In this respect, the organization is probably unique in its field. The current Board of Directors consists of representatives of various professions and areas of the business world, as well as a number of secondary-school and university teachers.

Since its inception, the Society has sponsored numerous summer seminars to various countries of the Mediterranean. Lectures at regular meetings and cultural presentations have attempted to bring the flavor of the Mediterranean World to our side of the Atlantic. Trips to museums and other places of interest in this country have proved to be successful and rewarding. In addition, a periodic Newsletter has conveyed the spirit of the Society to many homes and libraries.

Now in the fifty-first year of its existence, the Mediterranean Society is more vibrant and active than ever.  The coming year promises a varied and attractive program which includes a seminar in Greece, a domestic excursion to Gunston Hall and Fredricksburg, a fiftieth-anniversary celebration, a holiday celebration, and lectures by visiting scholars who are experts on the Mediterranean area.  All the functions of the Society are meant to further awareness of that region of the world which gave birth to our western culture. Click here to see the latest copy of The Mediterranean Society of America Newsletter: March 2019.

In May the Society visited Western North Carolina with stops in Old Salem and at the Biltmore House.

  • Outside the Biltmore Outside the Biltmore
  • Home of Thomas Wolfe in Ashville Home of Thomas Wolfe in Ashville
  • Lunch in Old Salem Lunch in Old Salem
  • Old Salem Garden Old Salem Garden



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