The Fredericksburg–Este Association will sponsor a free lecture on the pre-Roman history of Northern Italy at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St.

Guest speaker Billy Chestnut, an Italian history and European culture researcher and writer, will examine some of the ancient cultures in that region, and “how they culturally shaped northern Italy, and challenged Rome’s early attempts to rise to power.”

“When we think about Italy and its ancient history, we often think of Rome and the Etruscans,” he said. “But there were other cultures that played a considerable part in the region’s development.”

The lecture, “Northern Italy before the Romans, Part 2,” will be a continuation of an earlier talk that Chestnut gave last October.

A native of Naples, Italy, his career focuses on cyber and homeland security. He lectures at two universities, and serves as a government civilian at Marine Corps Base Quantico. He also serves as education director on the board of the Fredericksburg–Este Association, and hosts a monthly meet-up group that offers beginner Italian language instruction.

The Fredericksburg–Este Association, founded in 2015, is a sister city partnership with Este, Italy. Its purpose is to nurture friendship and cultural understanding between the two cities through exchanges, programs and events. For more on the group, visit its website at

Saturday’s lecture will be held in St. George’s Sydnor Hall, which has an entrance on George Street. There will be a pre-lecture gathering with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all, but donations will be accepted.

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Cathy Jett: 540/374-5407

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