For the past nine months, the library has hosted an exhibition from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley titled “As Good as Can Be: Shenandoah County through the lens of Hugh Morrison Jr.” This exhibition represents the work not only of a local photographer working in the early twentieth century, but also the work of a dedicated group of volunteers at the Shenandoah County Historical Society. The SCHS has worked diligently in restoring the glass plate negatives from the Morrision Studio and making these images publicly accessible as an invaluable local history resource.
We are proud of our recent partnership with these two organizations in making this high quality exhibition available to residents in Shenandoah County where Hugh Morrison lived and worked. All good things must come to pass, and our bare walls are proof that nothing lasts forever. The good news is that the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has made the exhibition available online! If you missed it in the library, or just want to see it again, we hope you’ll take a look at some of these important historical images and the story behind some of them.
Of course, you can still come to the library and look through some of the nearly 25,000 images that the Historical Society has scanned and made available for viewing in the Shenandoah Room. You might even recognize the portrait of a family member. And if you do, please let us know! Any identification will help us add value to the collection as a true visual history of Shenandoah County. Want to know more? Stop by the library and we’ll be happy to show you all of the great stuff we have in the Shenandoah Room. Including the Historical Society’s A Pictorial History of Shenandoah County that details even more of Morrison’s work. We hope you’ll stop by to see us and connect with a slice of your community’s history!