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Third Thursday Talk, January 18th, 7 pm: More Untold Stories of the Impossible Park. During his August 2017 program on the creation of Shenandoah National Park, Jim Lawson ran out of time to tell all of his untold stories! This month, Lawson returns to share more history from his family and others who lived on the land.
Third Thursday Talk, February 15th, 7 pm: Our Relations to the Past and the Present: World War I in the Shadow of the Civil War. Historian and Author Jonathan Noyalas will examine the ways in which the Civil War’s legacy impacted America’s involvement in World War I and the manner in which the Great War impacted Civil War veterans.
Third Thursday Talk, March 15th, 7 pm: Brothers in Arms? A Look at the Dual Alliance. Jacob Collier will question our understanding of the beginnings of the Great War by examining the relationship between Germany and Austria-Hungary in the decades prior to 1914. (image courtesy Mr. Knight’s Social Study Page)
Third Thursday Partner Program with Massanutten Regional Library, April 19, 7 pm, at Massanutten Regional Library Main location in Harrisonburg. History vs Memory: Exploring the Hidden Past at JMU, 1909-1979. Dr. Meg Mulrooney will discuss her research regarding race, womanhood, and the Lost Cause narrative at James Madison University.
Third Thursday Talk, May 17, 7 pm: Gettysburg Religion: Life in America’s Most Famous Small Town. Bridgewater College Professor of History Steve Longenecker examines small-town life, especially in religion, in Gettysburg and the surrounding area during the antebellum and Civil War eras. Gettysburg was remarkably modern, particularly for its diversity, and this interesting community illustrates the remarkable ways that religion interacted with the broader culture. (image courtesy Dickenson College)
Last Saturday, May 26, 1-4 pm: Cromer-Trumbo House open for docented tours.
Third Thursday Talk, June 21, 7 pm: Traditional Tales from Two Story Spinners. Storytellers Susan Clark and Joan Swift will entertain from their repertoire of Jack Tales and others rooted in Appalachia . . . stories which grandparents and earlier kin heard and told. Get ready to sit back and get lost in their world of story!
Third Thursday Talk, September 20, 7 pm: Finding Harrisonburg-Rockingham History in the Collections of The Virginia Museum of History & Culture. VMHC Associate Archivist (and Harrisonburg native) Paige Newman shares notes on local treasures which now reside in Richmond. Daguerreotype of Wm. G. Stevens, Rockingham County member of 1852 Virginia General Assembly, courtesy of Virginia Museum of History and Culture.
Annual History Celebration, Third Thursday, October 18, 6:30 pm: featuring Guest Speaker Keven, Walker, CEO, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, on The 116th Ohio and Road to Dayton.
Reception @ 6:30 pm (festive refreshments); Program @ 7:00 pm (short annual meeting followed by Keven Walker’s presentation). RSVP requested, but not required, so we don’t run out of cake!
Exhibition Opening & Gallery Talk, Third Thursday, November 15, 6:30 pm: Inventors & Innovators of Rockingham: People, Places, and Patents, 1838-1975, curated by Kevin Borg, Professor of History, James Madison University
Reception @ 6:30 pm; Gallery Talk by Dr. Borg @ 7:00 pm. RSVP requested, but not required, so we don’t run out of festive bites!
New Fundraiser! Spirit of the Valley Festival, Sunday, October 28, 11am-5pm, On Sunny Slope Farm, 1000 Erickson Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, to benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society and the Farm Museum in the Shenandoah Valley created by J. L. Hopkins, III.
Americana Roots Bands, Chicken BBQ Cook-Off, Spirited Beverages, History Displays, Family Activities, Jam Tent, Food Trucks . . . and you!