Presented by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia & Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation

Join the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia and Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation for “The Art of Origami” a craft workshop presented by Ayumi Ledford, local craftsperson who will be demonstrating this ancient art that originated in Japan. This workshop is free, but registration is required.

Magnolia Grange has recently opened to the public with limited hours of operation. Space is limited for this workshop and social distancing guidelines will be in place. Participants should wear a facial covering and hand sanitizer will be available.

Miss Ledford was born in Okinawa, Japan, and moved to Virginia in January 2018 with her husband. While in Okinawa she taught Japanese Language and craft classes to American Military service members and their families. Origami is a popular activity for children in Japan; and Miss Ledford loved origami from her childhood. She often used origami in her Japanese Language classes to teach Japanese culture to her students. Origami is a great skill to learn at any age. This workshop is ideal for children and adults regardless of their skill at this activity. Whether a beginner or someone has practiced this art making before it is sure to please. Depending on the ability and ages of the participants Miss Ledford will teach participants how to make a fish, a box, or a crane. The fish is the easiest to make and the crane is the most difficult, but any can be accomplished during the class.

For further information or to register, call 804-751-4946 or go to

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the center for Chesterfield County’s history. Headquartered in Historic Trinity Church on Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield, the CHSV mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the county’s unique past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information or to volunteer, please visit