Hugh Morrison, Jr. Photo Exhibit Now on Display at Historic County Courthouse

Hugh Morrison Exhibit

Hugh Morrison Jr. photographed the people and places of Shenandoah County, Virginia, during the first half of the 1900s. The era counted two World Wars and the Great Depression among its defining moments. When Morrison’s career began in 1898, few people had electricity, cars, or telephones. When it ended in 1950, few people lacked them. Hugh Morrison photographed through it all and compiled an immense body of work. Since 2001, SCHS volunteers have processed over 31,000 glass plates and film negatives spanning Morrison’s long career during the first half of the 20th Century. Copies of each photo are in the Shenandoah County Library and available for visitors to examine and hopefully identify the photos. Over 5,000 have been identified so far. This new exhibit at the Visitor Center at the Historic County Courthouse, at 103 N. Main St. in Woodstock, will be on display through February, 2019. It will include an overview of the collection and its vast array of subject matter. The Center is open year-round, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Hugh Morrison Exhibit


 

Hugh Morrison, Jr. Photo Exhibit Now on Display at Historic County Courthouse

Hugh Morrison Exhibit

Hugh Morrison Jr. photographed the people and places of Shenandoah County, Virginia, during the first half of the 1900s. The era counted two World Wars and the Great Depression among its defining moments. When Morrison’s career began in 1898, few people had electricity, cars, or telephones. When it ended in 1950, few people lacked them. Hugh Morrison photographed through it all and compiled an immense body of work. Since 2001, SCHS volunteers have processed over 31,000 glass plates and film negatives spanning Morrison’s long career during the first half of the 20th Century. Copies of each photo are in the Shenandoah County Library and available for visitors to examine and hopefully identify the photos. Over 5,000 have been identified so far. This new exhibit at the Visitor Center at the Historic County Courthouse, at 103 N. Main St. in Woodstock, will be on display through February, 2019. It will include an overview of the collection and its vast array of subject matter. The Center is open year-round, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Hugh Morrison Exhibit


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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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.

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Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War

Lawrence M. Denton

A recounting of pre-secession politics that illuminates what was happening in Virginia just prior to secession. The role of Secretary of the Interior William Seward is little known and this book fills in an important gap in the usual histories of the period. 2014. 224 pages.

Hardcover
Item# 1022

Price: $23
Members: $22

Shenandoah County in the Civil War: Four Dark Years

Hal F. Sharpe

Four battles took place in and around Shenandoah County: New Market, Toms Brook, Fisher's Hill & Cedar Creek. Although these historic battles have been well documented, their effects on the lives of the people involved have been largely forgotten. In this book, Hal recounts how their spirits were tested. 2012. 156 pages.

Softcover
Item# 1009

Price: $21
Members: $20

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Tuesday, November 13th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Shenandoah County Iron Furnaces will be featured in Edinburg, VA
Shenandoah County's Legacy of Iron will be the subject of a program by author and historian, Norman H. Scott at the St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg.  Much has been written a bout the Civil War history of the Shenandoah Valley, but little is known of the major contribution that smeltiong iron has had on the Valley's legacy.  How these furnaces operated and their contributions to Shenandoah County -- with special emphasis on the Liberty Furnace and how it became a complex enterprise, unique among all other furnaces oeprations in Virginia -- will be discussed.   The talk will be based on Mr. Scott's recently published book, Shenandoah Iron.  Refreshments will be served after the program.  Parking is available in the Shentel lot across the street.  The program is sponsored by the Shenandoah County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Thursday, November 15th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Tracing your Civil War ancestors will be discussed in New Market, VA
Tracing your Civil War ancestors will be discussed by Nicholas Picerno, Chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation at the New Market Historical Society's November program meeting.  Mr. Picerno will speak on tracing Civil War ancestors.  He will demonstrate on-line resources fore conducting genealogies and will explain how archives and historical societies can assist with ancestor research.  Those who had a Confederate ancestor in the Civil War are invited to bring their name and regiment for assistance.  The program is at the New Mrket Town Council Chambers at 9418 John Sevier Road in New Market.  Public is invited.  Info:  nmhs@newmarkethistoricalsociety.org

Sunday, December 16th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Shenandoah County Barns will be discussed in Strasburg, VA
The Barns of Shenandoah County will be the subject of a program presented by local historian John Adamson at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Room on Washington Street in Strasburg, VA.  The event is sponsored by the Strasburg Heritage Association and is free and the public is invited.  Light refreshments will be available.  For info:  www.strasburgheritge.org

Upcoming events...

Tuesday, November 13th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Shenandoah County Iron Furnaces will be featured in Edinburg, VA
Shenandoah County's Legacy of Iron will be the subject of a program by author and historian, Norman H. Scott at the St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg.  Much has been written a bout the Civil War history of the Shenandoah Valley, but little is known of the major contribution that smeltiong iron has had on the Valley's legacy.  How these furnaces operated and their contributions to Shenandoah County -- with special emphasis on the Liberty Furnace and how it became a complex enterprise, unique among all other furnaces oeprations in Virginia -- will be discussed.   The talk will be based on Mr. Scott's recently published book, Shenandoah Iron.  Refreshments will be served after the program.  Parking is available in the Shentel lot across the street.  The program is sponsored by the Shenandoah County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Thursday, November 15th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Tracing your Civil War ancestors will be discussed in New Market, VA
Tracing your Civil War ancestors will be discussed by Nicholas Picerno, Chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation at the New Market Historical Society's November program meeting.  Mr. Picerno will speak on tracing Civil War ancestors.  He will demonstrate on-line resources fore conducting genealogies and will explain how archives and historical societies can assist with ancestor research.  Those who had a Confederate ancestor in the Civil War are invited to bring their name and regiment for assistance.  The program is at the New Mrket Town Council Chambers at 9418 John Sevier Road in New Market.  Public is invited.  Info:  nmhs@newmarkethistoricalsociety.org

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  • 6th Virginia Infantry   •   Michael A. Cavanaugh  •   This is a numbered (891) edition of 1000. The story is about the men who served in this regiment, and also inclues an alphabetical listing of the 6th Virginia, including what happened to many of them after the war  Hardcover  •   Item #1001  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
  • Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1862   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey  •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A sequel to the 1861 book, this journal contains letters and news articles vividly portraying a view of Valley life in the second year of the Civil War. Learn how families became involved in the war when life was interrupted by the invasion of Yankees and by Jackson's Campaign. Minute details of everyday life are covered. 2012. 344 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1005  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
  • 49th Virginia Infantry   •   Richard Kleese  •   This is a numbered edition of 1000 and signed by author. One of the Virginia Regimental Histories Series. An excellent genealogical resource, lists names and information on those who served. Includes some photos, maps and narrative about the battles and campaigns.  Hardcover  •   Item #1022  •   Price: $27   Members: $26
  • Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1861   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey  •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A compilation of the Journal of Siram Peter Henkel, the letter collection of Caspar Coiner Henkel, M.D. and the Richmond Times Dispatch. These accounts of the first year of the Civil War reveal how the transition from peace to war affected his community and the Town of New Market, Va. A look at life in 1861. 2011. 346 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1004  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
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    Rough Winds: The Battle of New Market   •   Nancy B. Stewart  •   A story about the Battle of New Market on May 15th, 1864. 1994. 21 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1008  •   Price: $6   Members: $5
    The Women of the Confederacy   •   Rev. J.L. Underwood  •   Learn how the women of the Confederacy handled the deprivations and hardships of war as they experienced what it was like to have war, not across an ocean, but in their own back yard. This book, first published in 1906, is an up-close and personal look at the brave women of the Confederacy. 1906. 313 pages. 2004 Reprint.  Softcover  •   Item #1021  •   Price: $31   Members: $30

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