Shentel Exhibit Now on Display at Historic Courthouse

 

Hugh Morrison Exhibit

A new exhibit opened on March 1st in the Visitor Center at the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock, Virginia. The exhibit is by Shentel – Shenandoah Telecommunications Company – one of the oldest businesses in Shenandoah County. This small display is from the museum at the Shentel Center, 500 Shentel Way, Edinburg, Virginia, where they celebrate the early years as a telephone company.

In 1902, a group of farmers joined together to create Farmers Mutual Telephone System. There was telephone service in the towns at that time, but not in the rural areas. From those humble roots Shentel has emerged as a company that offers a broad range of diversified telecommunications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States.
 
The Company's services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and voice; fiber network and services; and local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive Personal Communications Service (PCS) Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

A 1959 telephone directory, an actual dial telephone and other items are also on display. The exhibit will be on display through June of 2019.

Hugh Morrison Exhibit


 

Shentel Exhibit Now on Display at Historic Courthouse

 

Hugh Morrison Exhibit

A new exhibit opened on March 1st in the Visitor Center at the Historic Courthouse in Woodstock, Virginia. The exhibit is by Shentel – Shenandoah Telecommunications Company – one of the oldest businesses in Shenandoah County. This small display is from the museum at the Shentel Center, 500 Shentel Way, Edinburg, Virginia, where they celebrate the early years as a telephone company.

In 1902, a group of farmers joined together to create Farmers Mutual Telephone System. There was telephone service in the towns at that time, but not in the rural areas. From those humble roots Shentel has emerged as a company that offers a broad range of diversified telecommunications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States.
 
The Company's services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and voice; fiber network and services; and local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive Personal Communications Service (PCS) Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

A 1959 telephone directory, an actual dial telephone and other items are also on display. The exhibit will be on display through June of 2019.

Hugh Morrison Exhibit


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•   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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A TO ZAX - A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians

Barbara Jean Evans

Find thousands of unfamiliar terms,abbreviations, little-used or old-fashioned words one might encounter in the course of genealogical research. Also includes a list of Dutch given names. 1995. 300 pages.

Softcover
Item# 4012

Price: $16
Members: $15

The New Hottel History - The George Line or Charles Line

B. Paul Huddle

A definite go-to source book for those doing genealogy research in Shenandoah County, Va. It begins with immigrant Johannes Hodel, who became John Hottel and follows the individual and detailed history of George, one of John's four children who came with him from Germany to America in 1732.  The Charles line is also available.  A product of the Hottel-Keller organization. 1998. 1164 pages.

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Item# 4016 - G or C

Price: $55
Members: $50

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Friday, July 19th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Tour Rutherford Farm Battlefield near Winchester VA
A car caravan, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation,  will tour sites related to  The Battle of Rutherford's Farm, one of Winchester's six major battles. Pre-registration is required by calling 540-740-4545

Saturday, August 3rd from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM: A Civill War Conference with Authors takes place in Winchester VA
"The Forgotten Valley": A Civil War Conference is a one-day event sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation focusing on the lesser known Civil War stories in the Shenandoah Valley. Featured participants are eminent historians Eric Buckland, Gary Ecelbarger, Dennis Frye, Catherine Magi, Jonathan Noyalas, Scott Patchan, Keven Walker and Eric Wittenber.  The event is at the George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly St. in Winchester.  $30 per person. Advance registration is required. Call 540-740-4545 or info@svbf.net.

Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM: Historic Soul Food will be honored in Middletown VA
Shenandoah Valley Soul Food and Chefs will be honored at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, VA    Hear talks and activities honoring African American chefs in the Valley with the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and other special guests.  A new book, Send Judah First: The Erased Life of an Enclsved Soul  by Dr. .Brian Johnson, inspired by the life of Judah, an enslaved cook at Belle Grove from 1817-1836, will be introduced.  Call 540-869-2028 for info.

Upcoming events...

Friday, July 19th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Tour Rutherford Farm Battlefield near Winchester VA
A car caravan, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation,  will tour sites related to  The Battle of Rutherford's Farm, one of Winchester's six major battles. Pre-registration is required by calling 540-740-4545

Saturday, August 3rd from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM: A Civill War Conference with Authors takes place in Winchester VA
"The Forgotten Valley": A Civil War Conference is a one-day event sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation focusing on the lesser known Civil War stories in the Shenandoah Valley. Featured participants are eminent historians Eric Buckland, Gary Ecelbarger, Dennis Frye, Catherine Magi, Jonathan Noyalas, Scott Patchan, Keven Walker and Eric Wittenber.  The event is at the George Washington Hotel, 103 E. Piccadilly St. in Winchester.  $30 per person. Advance registration is required. Call 540-740-4545 or info@svbf.net.

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  • Strasburg, Virginia and The Keister Family   •   E.E. Keister  •   A genealogy and history of the Keister family of Strasburg, Va. Lots of photos and introductory articles, The Pennsylvania Germans," by Milton Rubincam and "Colonial Strasburg," by Klaus Wust. Records start with Adam Keister, Jr. Includes historical material on Strasburg, Va. 1972. 434 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #4011  •   Price: $35   Members: $34
  • Under Every Tree - A Guide to Finding Your Roots in Virginia   •   Phyllis Brock Silber  •    A source book for finding primary genealogy resources in Virginia: a courthouse, library or historical society. Where to visit in every county in the state and how to get there. 2016. 220 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4019  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
  • A Diary of Henry Saint John Rinker (1862 - 1867)   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss & Sandra Helsley Yelton  •   His account of events commencing January 1862 and ending December 1867. 1999. 111 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4004  •   Price: $16   Members: $15
  • The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley   •   John W. Wayland  •   A book about the early German settlersin this region of Virginia. Included is area geography, early towns, records of the Germans, religion, customs, education, as well as Revolutionary War German pensioners. 1907. 312 pages. 2007 reprint.  Hardcover  •   Item #4007  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
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    The Neff Gang Story   •   Philip Crown  •   A recounting of the shenanigans of a group of young men in the early 1900’s who kept the newspapers in Shenandoah County busy with the telling of their rambunctious activities that somewhat terrorized parts of the County and in Ohio. They lived in the Walker Chapel area behind Red Banks and were members of a large family. Includes genealogical information and many newspaper accounts. 2016. 215 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4018  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
    A TO ZAX - A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians   •   Barbara Jean Evans  •   Find thousands of unfamiliar terms,abbreviations, little-used or old-fashioned words one might encounter in the course of genealogical research. Also includes a list of Dutch given names. 1995. 300 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4012  •   Price: $16   Members: $15

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