Shenandoah County
Historical Society
Shenandoah County
Historical Society
 


Shenandoah County commemorates its 250th anniversary during 2022. A variety of history-themed events are planned throughout the year. Visit sc250.org for more information.

2022 Preservation Awards presented at annual SCHS dinner meeting

The John H. Adamson 2022 Excellence in Preservation Award presentations were held at the 2022 Shenandoah County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner on May 17th at the historic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2447 in Edinburg, Va.

Awards went to the Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club, Inc. for the “dedication of their members to the preservation of antique tractors, gasoline engines, farm implements and farm equipment.” The award was accepted by Steve Crites.

A second award to Todd Holtzman, which was accepted by Anita Richard and Ed Harper, was for “the restoration and re-purposing of Mount Jackson’s circa 1930s Pure Oil Service Station, now The Vase and Vine Florist and Gift Shop,” which is located in the town of Mt. Jackson, Va.

Local historian and Civil War history enthusiast Peter Dalton provided the program, Civil War Memory and the Women of the Shenandoah Valley. Mr. Dalton discussed the roles assumed by women during and after the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.

SCHS president Barbara Adamson conducted a business meeting that included a report on SCHS accomplishments during the past two years, as well as the election of members who will be serving on the Board of Directors for the coming year.

Earlier this year, the SCHS had changed the annual preservation award name to honor the memory of John Adamson.


April-June 2022 Courthouse Exhibit features Morrison Photos

The second exhibit for 2022 at the Visitor Center at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse in Woodstock, Va. features a display of historic Hugh Morrison photos, specially selected from the Pictorial History of Shenandoah County collection.

The entire Morrison Collection can be found in the Shenandoah Room/Truban Archives at the County Library in Edinburg. This full collection is also expected to be accessible online in the future.

The Historic Courthouse Museum and Visitor Center is open every Friday and Saturday through December, from 11:00am to 4:00 pm. Other times are available by appointment. For more information , call 540-459-1795.




Shenandoah County commemorates its 250th anniversary during 2022. A variety of history-themed events are planned throughout the year. Visit sc250.org for more information.

2022 Preservation Awards presented at annual SCHS dinner meeting

The John H. Adamson 2022 Excellence in Preservation Award presentations were held at the 2022 Shenandoah County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Dinner on May 17th at the historic Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2447 in Edinburg, Va.

Awards went to the Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club, Inc. for the “dedication of their members to the preservation of antique tractors, gasoline engines, farm implements and farm equipment.” The award was accepted by Steve Crites.

A second award to Todd Holtzman, which was accepted by Anita Richard and Ed Harper, was for “the restoration and re-purposing of Mount Jackson’s circa 1930s Pure Oil Service Station, now The Vase and Vine Florist and Gift Shop,” which is located in the town of Mt. Jackson, Va.

Local historian and Civil War history enthusiast Peter Dalton provided the program, Civil War Memory and the Women of the Shenandoah Valley. Mr. Dalton discussed the roles assumed by women during and after the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.

SCHS president Barbara Adamson conducted a business meeting that included a report on SCHS accomplishments during the past two years, as well as the election of members who will be serving on the Board of Directors for the coming year.

Earlier this year, the SCHS had changed the annual preservation award name to honor the memory of John Adamson.


April-June 2022 Courthouse Exhibit features Morrison Photos

The second exhibit for 2022 at the Visitor Center at the Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse in Woodstock, Va. features a display of historic Hugh Morrison photos, specially selected from the Pictorial History of Shenandoah County collection.

The entire Morrison Collection can be found in the Shenandoah Room/Truban Archives at the County Library in Edinburg. This full collection is also expected to be accessible online in the future.

The Historic Courthouse Museum and Visitor Center is open every Friday and Saturday through December, from 11:00am to 4:00 pm. Other times are available by appointment. For more information , call 540-459-1795.



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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From Strassburg to Strasburg - Memorial to Swiss-German Virginia Pioneers

Robert Lee Bowman

History of early settlements and focus on Swiss-German families in the context of other Early Virginia Historical Highlights. Pictures. 2011. 47 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.

Softcover
Item# 1014

Price: $13
Members: $13

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

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  • From Strassburg to Strasburg - Memorial to Swiss-German Virginia Pioneers   •   Robert Lee Bowman  •   History of early settlements and focus on Swiss-German families in the context of other Early Virginia Historical Highlights. Pictures. 2011. 47 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #1014  •   Price: $13   Members: $13
  • The Rinkers of Virginia, Their Neighbors and Kin in the Shenandoah Valley   •   Daniel Warrick Burruss  •   The story of Jacob, Casper and Heinrich Rinker and their ancestors. Some photos. 1993. 210 pages. 8 1/2 x 11.  Softcover  •   Item #4010  •   Price: $26   Members: $25
  • The Virginia Germans   •   Klaus Wust  •   The first comprehensive study of German settlement and integration in Virginia from 1608 until World War I.  Discusses every aspect of German life in Virginia and of their contributions to the making of our nation. Has been unavailable for many years.  1969.  Reprinted  1989. 322 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4001  •   Price: $33   Members: $32
  • German Origins of Jost Hite (1685 - 1761)   •   Klaus Wust, Jones & Connor  •   Birth place, baptism and Hite's marriage to Anna Maria Merckle. 1979. 45 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #4008  •   Price: $11   Members: $10
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    Pioneer Pastor   •   David and Richard Rinker  •   This book follows the life of an unusual man, Michael Rinker.  His life began in the Shenandoah Valley and ended in Los Angeles, CA. The authors became interested in Michael's story when they came across a letter he had written to his parents during the Civil War.  Author, David, is part of the Shenandoah Valley Rinker family lineage  Softcover  •   Item #4021  •   Price: $15.00   Members: $14.00
    Massanutten (Settled by the Pennsylvania Pilgrim 1726)   •   Hasrry Strickler  •   This book by Hasrry Strickler was first published in 1924 and reprinted in 1994. It discusses the first settlement in the Shenandoah Valley in 1726. The settlement was the beginning of five counties - Augusta, Frederick, Shenandoah, Rockingham and Page. The materials in this book, for genealogists, are voluminous and valuable. It also has good information on early religious organizations (Baptists and Mennonites) and old homes and forts. Pages: 192. Published: 1924 and 1994  Softcover  •   Item #4023  •   Price: $18.00   Members: $17.00

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