Hugh Morrison, Jr. Photo Exhibit Now on Display at Historic County Courthouse

Hugh Morrison Exhibit

Hugh Morrison Jr. photographed the people and places of Shenandoah County, Virginia, during the first half of the 1900s. The era counted two World Wars and the Great Depression among its defining moments. When Morrison’s career began in 1898, few people had electricity, cars, or telephones. When it ended in 1950, few people lacked them. Hugh Morrison photographed through it all and compiled an immense body of work. Since 2001, SCHS volunteers have processed over 31,000 glass plates and film negatives spanning Morrison’s long career during the first half of the 20th Century. Copies of each photo are in the Shenandoah County Library and available for visitors to examine and hopefully identify the photos. Over 5,000 have been identified so far. This new exhibit at the Visitor Center at the Historic County Courthouse, at 103 N. Main St. in Woodstock, will be on display through February, 2019. It will include an overview of the collection and its vast array of subject matter. The Center is open year-round, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Hugh Morrison Exhibit


 

Hugh Morrison, Jr. Photo Exhibit Now on Display at Historic County Courthouse

Hugh Morrison Exhibit

Hugh Morrison Jr. photographed the people and places of Shenandoah County, Virginia, during the first half of the 1900s. The era counted two World Wars and the Great Depression among its defining moments. When Morrison’s career began in 1898, few people had electricity, cars, or telephones. When it ended in 1950, few people lacked them. Hugh Morrison photographed through it all and compiled an immense body of work. Since 2001, SCHS volunteers have processed over 31,000 glass plates and film negatives spanning Morrison’s long career during the first half of the 20th Century. Copies of each photo are in the Shenandoah County Library and available for visitors to examine and hopefully identify the photos. Over 5,000 have been identified so far. This new exhibit at the Visitor Center at the Historic County Courthouse, at 103 N. Main St. in Woodstock, will be on display through February, 2019. It will include an overview of the collection and its vast array of subject matter. The Center is open year-round, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Hugh Morrison Exhibit


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.



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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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Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1864

Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey

Both are Henkel Granddaughters. This is the fourth book in the series "Life in the Shenandoah Valley." A journal, letters and news articles lead the reader through trying times when the Battle of New Market and Sheridan's Burning of the Valley bring the War in Virginia to the doorsteps of the Henkel, Coiner and Miller families. 2014. 340 pages.

Softcover
Item# 1019

Price: $20
Members: $19

Civil War Legacy in the Shenandoah - Remembrance, Reunion and Reconciliation

Jonathan Noyales

After four bloody years of Civil War battles in the Shenandoah Valley, the region's inhabitants needed to muster the strength to recover, rebuild and reconcile. This book examines the evolution of attitudes among former soldiers as the Valley sought to find its place in the aftermath of the national tragedy. 2015. 192 pages. 6"x9" 48 images.

Softcover
Item# 1025

Price: $23
Members: $22

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Upcoming events...


Tuesday, February 19th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: Black History Program in Edinburg, VA
Bondage Biographies: Select Stories of Local Enclaved Persons and their Owners will be the subject of a special program honoring Black History Month  at the Shenandoah County Library at 514 Stony Creek Boulevard in Edinburg  VA.  Free.  Info: 540-984-8400

Wednesday, February 20th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Shenandoah County Barns will be reviewed in Edinburg, VA
The History of Shenandoah County Barns will be presented by John Adamson in a program sponsored by the Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation Dept.  The event will take place at the Charterhouse School (Old Edinburg High School) at 508 Piccadilly Street in Edinburg VA.   Mr. Adamson is the  manager of the Barns Project of the Shenandoah County Historical Society.  Well over 100 barns have been visited and surveyed to date.   Seating space is limited, so interested parties are asked to call 459-6777 to reserve a seat.

Tuesday, March 26th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Valley Cabinetmaking and Clocks will be discussed in Edinburg, VA
A. Nicholas Powers, Curator of Collections at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will present a program on "Made of the Wright Stuff: Uncovering a Shenandoah County Cabinetmaking Family."  William Wright and his son Thomas were two of the most prominent cabinetmakers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Shenandoah County.  The program is sponsored by the Shenandoah County Historical Society and is held at St. Paul's Heritage Center, 106 S. High Street in Edinburg VA.  The public is invited. Ample parking is available in the Shentel lot across the street.  Refreshments served after the program.  Info:  540-459-1795

Upcoming events...

Tuesday, February 19th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: Black History Program in Edinburg, VA
Bondage Biographies: Select Stories of Local Enclaved Persons and their Owners will be the subject of a special program honoring Black History Month  at the Shenandoah County Library at 514 Stony Creek Boulevard in Edinburg  VA.  Free.  Info: 540-984-8400

Wednesday, February 20th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM: Shenandoah County Barns will be reviewed in Edinburg, VA
The History of Shenandoah County Barns will be presented by John Adamson in a program sponsored by the Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation Dept.  The event will take place at the Charterhouse School (Old Edinburg High School) at 508 Piccadilly Street in Edinburg VA.   Mr. Adamson is the  manager of the Barns Project of the Shenandoah County Historical Society.  Well over 100 barns have been visited and surveyed to date.   Seating space is limited, so interested parties are asked to call 459-6777 to reserve a seat.

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  • The Burning   •   James Morris and Hank Zimmerman  •   The Burning of the Shenandoah Valley in 1864 was a well planned and brilliantly directed campaign by Gen. Philip Sheridan. Based on John Heatwole's work by the same name, the movie tells the stories of the soldiers, civilians, and families caught in the terrible firestorm. The Edinburg Heritage Foundation produced this documentary. 2008. 50 minutes  DVD  •   Item #1002  •   Price: $20   Members: $20
  • Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1864   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey  •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. This is the fourth book in the series "Life in the Shenandoah Valley." A journal, letters and news articles lead the reader through trying times when the Battle of New Market and Sheridan's Burning of the Valley bring the War in Virginia to the doorsteps of the Henkel, Coiner and Miller families. 2014. 340 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1019  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
  • Touring Virginia's & West Virginia's Civil War Sites   •   Clint Johnson  •   This new edition includes new sites, new photographs and updated directions to the significant civil war sites in both Virginia and West Virginia. The 18 tours visit cemeteries, battlefields, historic houses and buildings, monuments and statues, rivers and mountains, sharing the history behind each location. Some stops are surprising. 2011. 280 pages. 2nd edition.  Softcover  •   Item #1011  •   Price: $21   Members: $20
  • 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
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    Life in the Shenandoah Valley - 1862   •   Elsie Newcomber & Janet Ramsey  •   Both are Henkel Granddaughters. A sequel to the 1861 book, this journal contains letters and news articles vividly portraying a view of Valley life in the second year of the Civil War. Learn how families became involved in the war when life was interrupted by the invasion of Yankees and by Jackson's Campaign. Minute details of everyday life are covered. 2012. 344 pages.  Softcover  •   Item #1005  •   Price: $20   Members: $19
    Locomotives Up theTurnpike   •   David L. Bright  •   When the Civil War began, the railroads of the Confederate States had the immense job of collecting the men, supplies and equipment needed to create a government and its armed forces. This is the story of Thomas Sharp, the young superintendent who was commissioned to haul the cars and locomotives captured by Stonewall Jackson from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Martinsburg, Va. (now WV) to Confederate points to the West and South.  Softcover  •   Item #1028  •   Price: $26   Members: $25

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