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R.R. Smith Center for History and Art to dedicate Memorial Garden

On Saturday, May 3, the last day of Virginia Garden Week, a recently completed Memorial Garden will be dedicated at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art in downtown Staunton.


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Local author Nancy Sorrells to sign copies of new Augusta County book at Bookworks

Book signing featuring Images of America: Augusta County, by local author Nancy T. Sorrells.


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General talks of storied Stonewall Brigade at Historical Society’s March 16 gathering

At the Spring Meeting of the Augusta County Historical Society, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, a Staunton native and former commander of the Stonewall Brigade will speak on the frequently honored fighting unit, and ongoing efforts to remember those who served.


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New book discusses Augusta County history

Augusta County, the new addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, presents an overview history of Augusta County, Va., from its inception in 1738.


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CW 150 Legacy Project visits Staunton

CW 150 Legacy Project staff will be visiting Staunton on Friday, March 21, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Staunton Public Library.


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Colonial Money program rescheduled

Award-winning numismatist Philip I. Mossman, MD, will present a program on “The Money of Colonial Virginia” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the R. R. Smith Center in Staunton.


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Colonial Money: How it evolved, fought, conquered – and was counterfeited

Award-winning numismatist Philip I. Mossman will present a program on “The Money of Colonial Virginia” 7 p.m. February 13 and 20 at the R. R. Smith Center in Staunton. The presentations are part of the popular Stuart Talk series presented by the Augusta County Historical Society.


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Staunton newspaper history featured at R.R.Smith Center

The Augusta County Historical Society launches an exhibit, a lecture, and a book signing at the Smith Center on Thursday, January 23 to celebrate the history of newspapers in this community.


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Augusta County Historical Society program focuses on Jack Jouett

On Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. until noon, the Augusta County Historical Society is sponsoring Staunton storyteller and folk musician Bill Wellington in a program on the second floor of the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art. Wellington is hoping that his program, “Poetic Justice,” will finally give this Revolutionary patriot his just due.


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Augusta County Historical Society Fall Meeting focuses on Lewis family

As our nation looks back on that defining period of the Civil War – a history played out 150 years ago – it is sometimes too complex to grasp. The reality is that the history of that tragic war is actually comprised of millions of unique stories, some told on the battlefield and some on the homefront. One family’s history in that war will be the topic of the Augusta County Historical Society’s Fall Meeting to be held Sunday, November 3, at 3 p.m. at Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church in Fort Defiance.


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Trains and photography featured in exhibit and program

Train enthusiasts and anyone seeking a nostalgic look at a vanished rural America will enjoy the “Life Along the Line” exhibit currently on display in the History Gallery at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art.


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‘Spirited’ talk about the history of distilling in Augusta County

The traditional craft of distilling whiskey came from Ireland in the 1730s, with the earliest settlers in Augusta County. Making whiskey became a routine way to get grain and corn crops to market compactly and profitably. Before the Civil War there were sizable commercial distilleries in the area, with two of the best known near Middlebrook.


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President James Monroe speaks up in Staunton

Fifth President James Monroe appears at Francis Auditorium, Mary Baldwin College, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., in the person of Dennis Bigelow, a re-enactor at Monroe’s Charlottesville home, Ash Lawn Highland.


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U.S. President James Monroe Speaks Up!

The Augusta County Historical Society will host a special living history program with U.S. President James Monroe on Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.


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Augusta County Historical Society presents program on Matthew Fontaine Maury

The story of Matthew Fontaine Maury’s fascinating career will be told as part of the continuing Stuart Speaker Series sponsored by the Augusta County Historical Society on Thursday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art. Colonel Keith Gibson, director of the VMI museum system, has put together a fascinating program that explores Maury’s life and career.