Preservation Awards Given By Historical Society

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.


 

Preservation Awards Given By Historical Society

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.


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.



Organizational Tax Status

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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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

The Battle of Fisher's Hill - Breaking the Shenandoah Valley's Gibraltar

Jonathan A. Noyalas

First book-length study of 1864 battle, the last major battle in Shenandoah County, which set the stage for The Burning

Hardcover
Item# 1017

Price: $21
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Thursday, June 21st from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Hear Traditional Tales by Two Storytellers in Dayton, VA
Storytellewrs Susan Clark and Joan Swift will present tales from their repertoire of Jack Tales and other yarns rooted in Appalachia. These will be stories which grandparents and earlier kin heard and told.  Come to The Heritage Museum,  382 Hkigh Street in Dayton, VA and supoort this traditional form of entertainment.  Free.  Sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.  Info:  540-879-2616.

Saturday, June 23rd fro 10 AM to 4 PM: History Day celebrated in Dayton, VA
Colonial Trades Fair at Fort Harrison - Learn how 18th century trades contributed to the settlement of the Shenandoah Valley.  Tradesmen will demonstrate blacksmithing, basket and broom making, flintknapping, hearth cooking, cabinetmaking, lands surveying, colonial medicine, food preservation, pottery and spinning and weaving.  You can also kick up your heels and skirts with the Shenandoah Colonial Dancers.  Craft items will be on sale and tours of the historic Cromer-Trumbo House will be offered from 1 to 4 PM.  Sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society at 382 High St. in Dayton, VA   For more info:  540-879-2616.

Sunday, September 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

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Thursday, June 21st from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Hear Traditional Tales by Two Storytellers in Dayton, VA
Storytellewrs Susan Clark and Joan Swift will present tales from their repertoire of Jack Tales and other yarns rooted in Appalachia. These will be stories which grandparents and earlier kin heard and told.  Come to The Heritage Museum,  382 Hkigh Street in Dayton, VA and supoort this traditional form of entertainment.  Free.  Sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.  Info:  540-879-2616.

Saturday, June 23rd fro 10 AM to 4 PM: History Day celebrated in Dayton, VA
Colonial Trades Fair at Fort Harrison - Learn how 18th century trades contributed to the settlement of the Shenandoah Valley.  Tradesmen will demonstrate blacksmithing, basket and broom making, flintknapping, hearth cooking, cabinetmaking, lands surveying, colonial medicine, food preservation, pottery and spinning and weaving.  You can also kick up your heels and skirts with the Shenandoah Colonial Dancers.  Craft items will be on sale and tours of the historic Cromer-Trumbo House will be offered from 1 to 4 PM.  Sponsored by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society at 382 High St. in Dayton, VA   For more info:  540-879-2616.

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    The French & Indian War in Shenandoah County - Life On the Inner Frontier, 1752-1766   •   R. Patrick Murphy   •   The Story of the French and Indian War, Shenandoah County's "forgotten war," as it exists in memory and artifact. Color illustrations and fold out map of F&I War sites in the County. 2013. 142 pages. Foldout map.  Softcover  •   Item #2025  •   Price: $31   Members: $30
  • Touring the Shenandoah Valley Backroads   •   Andrea Sutcliffe   •   Authoritative guide to the beauty and history of the Valley. 13 separate tours are planned ranging from vaulted caverns to presidential homes, from Indian warfare to breathtaking stretches of virgin wilderness. This updated and revised edition of the guide is a personal, enthusiastic tour that even surprised locals. 2010. 286 pages. 2nd edition.  Softcover  •   Item #2018  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
  • Tales from Shenandoah   •   Joseph Floyd Wine   •   A collection of tales both oral and in written form that have been passed down through the years, telling of interesting events and people. 1989. 85 pages  Hardcover  •   Item #2017  •   Price: $12   Members: $11
  • Welcome to Fort Valley   •   Jeanette Connor Ritenour, James Harris Trott & Margaret Akers Trott   •   Over 500 pages & 200 photos and illustrations in this large-sized book tell of the many pioneer families who settled the valley within a Valley beginning from the mid 18th century. There were furnaces, resorts and many stories about this community and the proud caring people who lived there. 2010. 590 pages.  Hardcover  •   Item #2020  •   Price: $75   Members: $70

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Shenandoah County Men in Gray (Volume 2 of 2-volume set)   •   Thomas Spratt   •   This two-volume set reproduces the service record of the Confederate soldiers from Shenandoah County who served in all the theaters of combat. It also gives valuable information regarding the soldier’s family and where possible, personal facts including where buried. 1992. 902 total pages (total of both volumes).  Softcover  •   Item #1031  •   Price: $30   Members: $29
The Battle of Fisher's Hill - Breaking the Shenandoah Valley's Gibraltar   •   Jonathan A. Noyalas   •   First book-length study of 1864 battle, the last major battle in Shenandoah County, which set the stage for The Burning  Hardcover  •   Item #1017  •   Price: $21   Members: $20

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