New Exhibit at Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse

 

Postcards are a favorite object of collectors of memorabilia. They’re usually not too expensive and are easy to transport and store. They also tell a story of what interested people in a certain time and place, where they might travel and what they might say to the recipients. Sometimes these early postcards provide images that have real historic significance as well as just being fun.

Shenandoah County Archivist Zachary Hottel has assembled a sample of the large collection of postcards from the library’s Truban Archives which is now on exhibit in the Visitor’s Center at the Historic Courthouse through February 2017. The Archives was fortunate to have received the gift of many hundreds of historic postcards from the late Herb Parker, which has formed the basis of the Archives impressive collection.

The 1795 Historic Courthouse Museum is located at 103 N. Main Street in Woodstock, Va. and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:00 PM. The Historical Society bookstore is also located in the Visitor Center at the Courthouse.


New Exhibit at Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse

 

Postcards are a favorite object of collectors of memorabilia. They’re usually not too expensive and are easy to transport and store. They also tell a story of what interested people in a certain time and place, where they might travel and what they might say to the recipients. Sometimes these early postcards provide images that have real historic significance as well as just being fun.

Shenandoah County Archivist Zachary Hottel has assembled a sample of the large collection of postcards from the library’s Truban Archives which is now on exhibit in the Visitor’s Center at the Historic Courthouse through February 2017. The Archives was fortunate to have received the gift of many hundreds of historic postcards from the late Herb Parker, which has formed the basis of the Archives impressive collection.

The 1795 Historic Courthouse Museum is located at 103 N. Main Street in Woodstock, Va. and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4:00 PM. The Historical Society bookstore is also located in the Visitor Center at the Courthouse.


Shenandoah County Historical Society Mission Statement

•   Foster a spirit of cooperation between existing organizations, writers, historians, genealogists, collectors, preservationists, and other members of the Shenandoah County community.

•   Aid in the collection and creation of materials and publications about the history of Shenandoah County and ensure that they are preserved and made available to the community.

•   Support efforts by citizens, organizations and government to preserve historic buildings and sites.

•   Share history through programs and exhibits.

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Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1865

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. This book, commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civill War, is the5th in the series of "Life in the Shenandoah Valley." A journal, letters and news articles lead the reader through the trying last days of the War Between the States and the beginning of Reconstruction in the Valley for the Henkel, Coiner and Miller families. 2015. 340 pages.

Softcover
Item# 1023

Price: $20
Members: $19

My Own Dear Maggie - A True Shenandoah Love Story

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A fascinating love story which uniquely reveals the rebuilding and growth of the Shenandoah Valley after "The War Between The States." Letters between Willie Renalds and Maggie Henkel and other family members, pictures and newspaper articles paint a vivid picture of what the people of the Valley endured during and after its rebuilding. 2015. 398 pages.

Softcover
Item# 1024

Price: $26
Members: $25

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Upcoming events...


February 26th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM: Program about the Valley Pike in Strasburg, Va.
Local historian, Mike Kehoe will take you on a trip down the Valley Pike from Fishers Hill to Stephens City in photos taken by the Biscoe brothers of Marietta Ohio in 1884.  The program will take place at the St. Paul Lutheran Church on West Washington Street in Strasburg, VA and is sponsored by the Strasburg Heritage Association.  Free.  Public is invited.

March 4th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM: Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day at the MSV in Winchester, VA
The annual Heritage Day at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Va.,  focuses on the heritage, genealogy and culture of the Shenandoah Valley.  Local historical associations are represented and two lectures are scheduled that will focus on "Family Secrets."   Free.  For info:  540-662-1473, ext. 226.

March 5th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Shenandoah River Archaeology Program in Edinburg
Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River will sponsor a program: "West of the Mountains of Cenuntua: The Archaeology of the Shenandoah's North Fork Valley" at the St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg, VA.  Dr.  Carole Nash will be the speaker and the program is free and open to the public.  Dr. Nash is a professor at JMU who has authored numerous technical reports, papers, and publications, and has directed archaeological research in Shenandoah National Park since 1999.  For info call:  540-459-8550.

Upcoming events...

February 26th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM: Program about the Valley Pike in Strasburg, Va.
Local historian, Mike Kehoe will take you on a trip down the Valley Pike from Fishers Hill to Stephens City in photos taken by the Biscoe brothers of Marietta Ohio in 1884.  The program will take place at the St. Paul Lutheran Church on West Washington Street in Strasburg, VA and is sponsored by the Strasburg Heritage Association.  Free.  Public is invited.

March 4th from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM: Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day at the MSV in Winchester, VA
The annual Heritage Day at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Va.,  focuses on the heritage, genealogy and culture of the Shenandoah Valley.  Local historical associations are represented and two lectures are scheduled that will focus on "Family Secrets."   Free.  For info:  540-662-1473, ext. 226.

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    History of Shenandoah County, 2nd (Augumented) edition   •   John W. Wayland   •   The definitive work on Shenandoah County, Va., one of the oldest counties in the Valley. Includes a vast amount of family genealogy, early settlers, Indians, forts, town histories and Civil War history. 1969. 896 pages. 2006 reprint.  Hardcover  •   Item #2009  •   Price: $56   Members: $55
  • Surveys of Jacob Rinker 1785-1794   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss and Sandra Helsley Yelton   •   A book of Records of Plots & Certificates of Surveys of Jacob Rinker, beginning July 1, 1785. Abstracts. 1999. 110 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2001  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • SCHS Glass Plate Processing Project   •   Array   •   Produced by filmmaker and SCHS Board Member, Philip Crown, documents the process by which 27,000+ glass negatives have been cataloged, reproduced, stored and made available to the community. 30 Minutes.  DVD  •   Item #2023  •   Price: $10   Members: $9
  • A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway   •   Bob Cohen   •   An in-depth retrospective of trains, stations, towns and stories from throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Photos of trains, depots, schedules, maps, and other memorabilia appear, along with text, on every page of this colorful book that brings back memories of this period in history. 2013. 162 pages. 8 1/2 x 11. Many color photos.  Hardcover  •   Item #2027  •   Price: $61   Members: $60

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Shop for Books and More...

Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1865   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey   •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. This book, commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civill War, is the5th in the series of "Life in the Shenandoah Valley." A journal, letters and news articles lead the reader through the trying last days of the War Between the States and the beginning of Reconstruction in the Valley for the Henkel, Coiner and Miller families. 2015. 340 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1023  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
Remembering the Civil War Reunion and the Limits of Reconciliation   •   Caroline E. Janney   •   The author, who hails from Luray, Va., is a history professor at Purdue U. She examines how the war generation -- men and women, black and white, Unionists and Confederates -- crafted and protected their memories of the nation's greatest conflict. She explores the subtle, yet important differences between reunion and reconciliation. 2013. 451 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #1020  •   Price: $37   Members: $36

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