The John H. Adamson 2022 Excellence in Preservation Award presentations were held at the 2022 Shenandoah County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner on May 17th at the historic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2447 in Edinburg, Va.
Awards went to the Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club, Inc. for the “dedication of their members to the preservation of antique tractors, gasoline engines, farm implements and farm equipment.” The award was accepted by Steve Crites.
A second award to Todd Holtzman, which was accepted by Anita Richard and Ed Harper, was for “the restoration and re-purposing of Mount Jackson’s circa 1930s Pure Oil Service Station, now The Vase and Vine Florist and Gift Shop,” which is located in the town of Mt. Jackson, Va.
Local historian and Civil War history enthusiast Peter Dalton provided the program, Civil War Memory and the Women of the Shenandoah Valley. Mr. Dalton discussed the roles assumed by women during and after the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.
SCHS president Barbara Adamson conducted a business meeting that included a report on SCHS accomplishments during the past two years, as well as the election of members who will be serving on the Board of Directors for the coming year.
Earlier this year, the SCHS had changed the annual preservation award name to honor the memory of John Adamson.
The second exhibit for 2022 at the Visitor Center at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse in Woodstock, Va. features a display of historic Hugh Morrison photos, specially selected from the Pictorial History of Shenandoah County collection.
The entire Morrison Collection can be found in the Shenandoah Room/Truban Archives at the County Library in Edinburg. This full collection is also expected to be accessible online in the future.
The Historic Courthouse Museum and Visitor Center is open every Friday and Saturday through December, from 11:00am to 4:00 pm. Other times are available by appointment. For more information , call 540-459-1795.
• 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.
The Shenandoah County Historical Society was founded in 1985 and is established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is completely volunteer driven. The Society is sustained by memberships, donations, grants and profits from book sales. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.