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Programs

There’s always something happening at The Heritage Museum!

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April 18, 6:30 pm, Gallery Opening Reception: Featured exhibition on photographer Allen Litten, the Valley’s Observer. At 7:00 pm, Curator Daniel Robinson will provide insight into Litten’s keen eye, masterful compositions, and recurring themes in images of our community. Come celebrate photography as art and visual history!

May 16, 7pm: Third Thursday Talk: The Heritage Museum presents The Most Romantic Man In America: John C. Frémont in Rockingham County. John C. Frémont was an American original. Explorer. General. Presidential candidate. And complete romantic. Frémont’s story will be told by Bill Miller, historian and battlefield guide. Share the event and bring your friends and family.

June 20, 7pm: For the June Third Thursday Talk, The Heritage Museum presents Letters From Home: Travels of Esther Matthews of Lacy Spring, 1840-1860. Experience the antebellum life of quilter Esther Matthews as told by Neva Hart. Share the event and bring your friends and family!

July 18, 7pm: The Heritage Museum is proud to present Gravestones Have A Story To Tell, a Third Thursday Talk by Randy Atkins. Join Randy as we explore what can be learned from the geology, geometry, and symbolism of gravestones and the stories they tell.

September 19, 7pm, Third Thursday Talk: A Tribute to My Father: WWII POW Bob Frakes. In his youth, Rob Frakes was forbidden to discuss his father’s WWII experience. Twenty-seven years after his father’s death, Frakes decided to uncover the truth. Come hear the war stories of Fighter Pilot Robert L. Frakes – stories of hardship and heroism that we should Never Forget.

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October 17, Third Thursday Talk & History Celebration: Arranged According to His Own Taste and Convenience with Diane Ehrenpreis, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Ehrenpreis will provide a behind-the-scenes look at her research and restoration for the family quarters on the second and third floors of the President’s home.
The evening will begin with a dessert social at 6:30p, followed by the program at 7 pm.

“What do we need to save today?”

Robert Hopkins “Twig” Strickler had a passion for finding and saving objects that told the history of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The Strickler Collection: To Preserve a Community, curated by Jeffrey S. Evans, will open on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at The Heritage Museum.

The exhibition displays the items donated by Twig and Lorraine Strickler to the HRHS Collection. Come hear Jeff Evans discuss the ordinary and extraordinary artifacts that represent life in the community from the early 19th to early 20th centuries.

Reception 6:30p. Gallery Talk 7:15p.

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