Tag: Augusta County Historical Society
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Augusta County Historical Society will continue its popular Stuart Series Talks with a special presentation on the Emancipation Proclamation by Dr. Holt Merchant, a professor of history at Washington & Lee University, on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Washington & Lee University history Professor Holt Merchant will explain the idea of freedom that was introduced into the nation’s psyche on Jan.1, 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation.
The year 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Conducted during the spring and early summer of 1862, Jackson’s maneuvers in the Valley are still considered by historians and military strategists to be nothing short of tactical genius. On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., the Augusta County Historical Society will present “Keeping the Federals at Bay: Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign.”
It started out as a fun evening of chocolate and champagne at an Augusta County Historical Society fundraiser held in the Smith Center for History and Art in Downtown Staunton. And then the evening turned sinister as party attendee and prominent architectural preservationist Bill Frazier turns up dead in the very building he helped restore a decade ago. At least that’s what supposedly happens at the hilarious mystery spoof, “Death by Chocolate,” being conducted by the society on Sunday, November 4 at 7 p.m.
The famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II will be recognized in a community-wide celebration at the gym in Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, on Sunday, July 15
Jamestown Archaeologist Dr. William Kelso to speak at Augusta County Historical Society’s Annual Banquet
The incredible rediscovery of the original Jamestown settlement of 1607, thought to have been washed into the James River long ago, is now the centerpiece of Historic Jamestowne. On Tuesday, April 24, Dr. William “Bill” Kelso, Director of Archaeological Research and Interpretation for the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery Project, will be giving a presentation on […]
Until the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, African Americans in the Jim Crow South lived under the harsh social and legal laws that created a separate and very unequal society. That was as true for African Americans in Staunton and Augusta County as it was anywhere else. However, in 1946, thanks to the perseverance […]
Martha Bogle, superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, will lead the Augusta County Historical Society’s spring meeting in considering the history and future of the park, which celebrated its 75th Anniversary last year. Her talk, “Shenandoah National Park: 75 Historic Years & Growing,” is Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Wilson Memorial High School, Fishersville. […]