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Third Thursday Talk, January 19th, 7 pm: State Highway Marker Highlights Randy Jones, from the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, will provide an overview of the state’s historical marker program, which celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2017. The oldest such program in the nation, Jones will share the program’s origins and discuss how it has changed during the course of 90 years. As one of the most popular state-run programs, it is a great example of “public history” in action.
Third Thursday Talk, February 16th, 7 pm: Building Archives, Celebrating Local History: The Lucy F. Simms School Project James Madison University Professors Mollie Godfrey & Sean McCarthy will share details of an effort to involve JMU students in recovering local African-American history. The project, organized by Mollie Godfrey, Seán McCarthy, and Robin Lyttle of the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, included outreach with community members and extensive archival research and culminated in a permanent exhibition at Simms School, and parallel online exhibition, and a booklet.
Third Thursday Talk, March 16th, 7 pm: Nitre and Mining Bureau District 4½ Author Richard Armstrong will discuss a history of the Confederate Niter & Mining Bureau District 4½, based in Staunton, Virginia. The Niter & Mining Bureau was tasked with producing potassium nitrate or saltpeter used in the manufacture of gunpowder for the Southern Armies during the Civil War. Mr. Armstrong will share stories of the workers, both white and black, who served the Bureau in the caves, under buildings, and on the battlefield.
March 24-25: Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Tour Weekend. The Profiles of Honor mobile exhibition brings to life the state’s integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own World War I and II-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project.
Friday, March 24, 7 pm: Ever Forward! The 116th at Omaha Beach Theodore G. Shuey, Jr., retired commander of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the Virginia National Guard, will share the D-Day Story of this historic military unit, from the perspective of local soldiers. One of the WWII units of the Regiment, C Company, had its Armory in Harrisonburg and was drawn comprised of men from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community. The presentation will also include a display of D-Day artifacts.
Saturday, March 25, 9 am – 3 pm: Profiles of Honor Tour and scanning open with early Museum hours.
Saturday, March 25, 11 am: William Ruebush & the Dayton Band in WWI. Previous HRHS Museum Director and Archivist Dale Harter shares the history of the 116th Infantry Regimental Band. The Band was formed from volunteers from Dayton, Virginia – the smallest town in the United States to furnish a complete regimental unit in World War I.
Thursday, March 30, 7 pm at MRL Central Library in Harrisonburg: You Need a Schoolhouse: The Rosenwald School Story. Author Stephanie Deutsch describes the partnership and shared vision between Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute, and Julius Rosenwald, the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company, which brought thousands of modern schoolhouses to rural black communities of the segregated South.
Thursday, April 20, 7 pm at MRL Central Library in Harrisonburg: Exploring “Every Inch of Harrisonburg:” The Robert J. Sullivan Jr. Papers. Join special guests Charlie Chenault and Dr. David Ehrenpreis at Massanutten Regional Library’s Central branch in Harrisonburg for the unveiling of an exciting Harrisonburg history resource: the Robert J. Sullivan Jr. papers, a new collection at JMU’s Special Collections Library. The preview begins at 6:30 with the presentation following at 7:00. Presented in partnership with Massanutten Regional Library and James Madison University Special Collections Library.
Note: No Third Thursday Talk at The Heritage Museum in April.
Dayton Springs Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday, April 22, 10 am – 4 pm. Vendors on College Street, Music in the Pavilion, Ducky Races on Cooks Creek, Sporting Goods Auction at Braithwaite’s Studio, and so much more including . . .
. . . Antique Appraisals at The Heritage Museum from 11 am – 1 pm. Bring your pottery, furniture, folk art, glassware, coins, 19th-century military (especially Civil War), and other antiques! John Bowman, Jeff Bradfield, and Nick Picerno will be on hand to offer verbal appraisals. $5 per item, 3 items per person limit. First come, first served. Proceeds support the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.
Find out more! Dayton Springs Arts & Crafts Redbud Festival
Monday, May 1, 7 pm, Special Event at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg: Rosenwald, a documentary film by Aviva Kempner. Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears, Roebuck & Company. Influenced by educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools.
Thursday, May 18, 7 pm: Grandma Moses in the Shenandoah Valley & Beyond. Augusta County historian Nancy Sorrells will reveal the little-known early history of one of America’s favorite painters, who also happened to be highly skilled with the butter churn.
Saturday, May 27th, 1-4 pm: Cromer-Trumbo House Tours. A visit to the Cromer-Trumbo House reveals the life of an early 20th-Century family in a house that dates to the early 19th-Century. The CT House is the first stop on the Historic Dayton Walking Tour at 1:30 pm!
Saturday, May 27th, 1:30 pm: Historic Dayton Walking Tour sponsored by Imagine Dayton. Guide Bob Bersson will provide notes on architecture and personalities during a stroll through Dayton’s charming historic district.
Tuesday, June 13, 6:30 pm: WWII Video Lecture Series. For well over a decade, Irvin and Nancy Hess have recorded numerous military historians, authors, and veterans speaking on a variety of topics. Join them as they share some of their favorite lectures on the Second Tuesdays of June – November. June’s free video lectures feature 2000 Harry S. Truman Book Award winner Richard B. Frank and Pritzker Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing winner Carlo D’Este. More info: http://www.valleyheritagemuseum.org/wwii-video-lectures/
Thursday, June 15, 7 pm: The Girl on the Land: The Women’s Land Army of America. Anna Keifer will discuss the girls and women of the WLAA, also known as Farmerettes, who shocked American society, as they were paid equally with male farm laborers, worked eight-hour days—and wore pants.
Saturday, June 24: History Day in Dayton! Visit the Colonial Trades Fair (10a-4p) at Fort Harrison in the morning, enjoy a local lunch at one of Dayton’s unique restaurants, and then head to The Heritage Museum. At 1 pm, listen to local Storyteller Sandy Parks as she shares Jack Tales, trickster tales, and Affrilachian stories. At 1:30 pm, Bob Bersson leads a Historic Dayton Walking Tour, sponsored by Imagine Dayton. Plus, docents will greet you at the Cromer-Trumbo House from 1-4 pm. Make sure to fit in a trip to the Silver Lake Mill. When you visit each site and find answers to the Dayton Historic Triangle Scavenger Hunt, you will earn a souvenir token!
Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 pm: WWII Video Lecture Series. More info: http://www.valleyheritagemuseum.org/wwii-video-lectures/
Thursday, July 20, 7 pm: Why the Civil War Still Lives. Author Gregg Clemmer compares and contrasts the details and events of the 1860s with those of today – everything from clothing styles, poems, and music to speeches, food, and quotes to the famous, infamous, and forgotten. But of more importance, perhaps, what is The War’s enduring legacy? And how do Americans of today compare with those from that time in their response to devastating events? Expect the unexpected!
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 pm: WWIIVideo Lecture Series. More info: http://www.valleyheritagemuseum.org/wwii-video-lectures/
Thursday, August 17, 7:00 pm: Shenandoah: The Untold Stories of the Impossible Park. Shenandoah National Park descendant Jim Lawson shares stories of the generations of families who lived on the mountain and the turmoil created as the park was formed.
Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 pm: WWII Video Lecture Series. More info: http://www.valleyheritagemuseum.org/wwii-video-lectures/
Thursday, September 21, 7 pm: Harrisonburg’s Icons of Place: Postcards as Community Vision. Bridgewater College Professor Scott Suter returns to discuss his contribution to the new book, Picturing Harrisonburg, in which he reveals Harrisonburg’s history through the images of 20th-century postcards.
Sunday, September 17, 4:00-6:00 pm: 2017 Barnraiser Fundraiser
Tuesday, October 3, 7 pm: Valley Aflame: Stories of The Burning in the Upper Shenandoah. Dr. Irvin Hess returns to share the 1864 Civil War history of The Burning of the Shenandoah Valley. Presented in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 pm: WWII Video Lecture Series. More info: http://www.valleyheritagemuseum.org/wwii-video-lectures/
Thursday, October 19, 6:30 pm: Memories, Monuments, Landmarks, and Stuff. In October, the Third Thursday Talk serves as an opportunity for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society to celebrate its generous members, conduct a very small amount of business, and enjoy the rich history of the community.
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 pm: WWII Video Lecture Series. More info: http://www.valleyheritagemuseum.org/wwii-video-lectures/