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.
• 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.