The Shenandoah County Historical Society presented three “Excellence in Historic Preservation” Awards at its annual meeting and banquet on May 15 at the historic Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Edinburg. The preservation awards program seeks to recognize outstanding preservation projects in the fields of history, architecture, scenic beauty, and material culture. These annual awards are intended to bring public recognition to these achievements and in so doing encourage others to follow their examples, bringing greater awareness of the value of historic preservation.
William J. Miller (top photo, left) for his book, Decision at Toms Brook: George Custer, Thomas Roster and the Joy of the Fight, a comprehensive and readable account of the Battle of Toms Brook, as well as valuable descriptions of the skirmish at Mill Creek and the Burning in Shenandoah County.
William Grillo (top photo, right) for the careful and thorough rehabilitation of the 1797 Log Building at 129 S. Main St. in Woodstock, which preserves an important visual reminder of the town’s 18th Century heritage.
Bird Haven Farm, James Madison University Public History Program and the Shenandoah County Library Truban Archives for the Bird Haven Oral History Project, which preserves the history of the Bird Haven Community, the Shenandoah Community Workers and surrounding areas of southwestern Shenandoah County from the 1920s to the 1960s. Accepting on behalf of Bird Haven Farm owners Tom and Leslie Carr was staff member Abby Neese. Evan Friss, from the JMU Department of History, accepted for his students in the JMU Public History Program. Zachary Hottel, Shenandoah County Library Archivist, accepted for the Truban Archives.
• 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.