CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - An organization focused on educating the community about its history is revamping its technology to reach even more people.

The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (ACHS) launched a new website and several new programs, including downtown exhibits and a speakers series.

The historical society is looking at this new website and these new programs as a rebirth of the organization. The goal is broaden the society's identity to be more of a community center for history and culture.

ACHS will host two new monthly speaker series: the Third Friday series will be held at Cville Coffee, and the traveling Community Series will take place at different locations throughout the Charlottesville area.

People will also have the opportunity to explore new exhibits inside of the historical society downtown and also inside of Charlottesville businesses. Right now, there are historic Charlottesville photographs at The Nook.

"If there's any community in America right now that needs a strong civic organization that is working to try and bring people together, it's Charlottesville. I think we need this," said ACHS Executive Director Coy Barefoot.

The historical society is also offering personal enrichment classes in the fall and spring for those who want to delve a little bit more into our area's history.

People will also have the opportunity to go on tours lead by the society, including a tour of the natural landscape of downtown and another tour that explains the history of some of the oldest trees in central Virginia. All of these programs and events are free and open to the public.