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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Decision at Toms Brook - George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight

William J. Miller

A must-have book for every Civil War collection. The story of two West Point graduates who find themselves on opposite sides of the Civil War conflict. Their separate paths meet in the Shenandoah Valley. The story is about the conflict between the two men as well as of the Generals they served.

Hardcover
Item# 1027

Price: $31
Members: $30

The Battle of Cedar Creek - Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

Jonathan A. Noyalas

Last Major battle in the Valley. Sheridan's defeat of Early finally secured the Valley for the Union

Hardcover
Item# 1016

Price: $21
Members: $20

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Upcoming events...


December 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM: Program of vintage holiday cards in Strasburg, Va.
Learn about postcards and greeting cards from various holidays including the Christmas holidays at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall on Washington Street in Strasburg.  Charles Thorne, author of Post Cards of the Past, will conduct the program 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.

Upcoming events...

December 11th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM: Program of vintage holiday cards in Strasburg, Va.
Learn about postcards and greeting cards from various holidays including the Christmas holidays at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall on Washington Street in Strasburg.  Charles Thorne, author of Post Cards of the Past, will conduct the program 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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    Shenandoah County Trivia (And a little bit more!)   •   Irvin D. Magin   •   1000+ bits and pieces of facts and figures about this Virginia county, its people, its history, and what makes things go. 2002. 138 pages. 4 1/8x 7 3/8.  Softcover  •   Item #2029  •   Price: $8   Members: $9
  • The Word Gatherer   •   Carol Maureen DeHart   •   An oral history interview with historian John L. Heatwole, who often traveled the Valley doing research. In the process, he gathered hundreds of oral history and folklore stories and felt they needed to be preserved. This book was part of that process. 2007. 114 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #2021  •   Price: $10   Members: $9
  • Lake's 1885 Atlas of Shenandoah and Page Counties   •   Array   •   The SCHS reprinted the popular Lake's Atlas of 1885. Also included are several pages from Gray's Atlas of 1878, which contain slightly more detailed maps of many of the communities in Shenandoah County. With added pages from Gray's 1878 Atlas. 2009. 12x18.  Softcover  •   Item #2007  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
  • History of Edinburg Va.   •   Mary Ann Williamson & Jean Allen Davis   •   This soup-to-nuts chronicle of everything you'd like to know about Edinburg, VA,was written by two school teachers who grew up in the town. It is filled with pictures, and stories about people, places and events. Originally published in 1994, it was updated in 1995. 1995. 676 pages  Hardcover  •   Item #2008  •   Price: $45   Members: $45

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Valley Thunder: The Battle of New Market   •   Charles R. Knight   •   This new look at the Battle of New Market, Va. and the Opening of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of May, 1864, is the first full-length account in more than three decades to reexamine this historic event. The author is a former historical interpreter at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. 2010. 313 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #1012  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign: War Comes to The Home Front   •   Jonathan A. Noyalas   •   This is a new addition to the series of books by Civil War scholars to honor the 150th anniversary of the War Between the States. Noyalas examines Jackson's Valley Campaign and how those victories brought hope to an infant Confederate nation, transformed the lives of the Valley's civilians and emerged as Jackson's defining moment. 2010. 157 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1010  •   Price: $21   Members: $20

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