George Rye: Hidden History

Inside the history world there is a growing trend to uncover what is known as “forgotten history.” Often this includes those people outside mainstream society such as minorities, women, political dissidents, and the poor. Until recently many of these individuals were ignored by historians who were content to talk about military heroes, notable citizens, and the wealthy. More recently though, museums, historical societies, and professional historians have realized that everyone, no matter what their economic or social status is, deserves to be studied if we are going to truly understand the past.

The Shenandoah County Library is committed to identifying, collecting, preserving, cataloging, and providing access to resources related to the culture, history, life, and heritage of Shenandoah County. 

To do so we maintain the Shenandoah Room filled with local history reference materials, and the Truban Archives which houses historic documents and items. If you need help advancing your research, be sure to check out our Research Assistance Guide before visiting.

Most of our local history collection is available during regular library hours. However, materials in our archives is only available when our archivist or a volunteer is on duty. While we recommend you contact us in advance to assure someone is available, individuals are usually available:

Monday & Tuesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Wdnesday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Thursday & Friday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Second Saturday 10:00AM-2:00PM
Fourth Saturday 10:00AM-Noon

Visit our  to see online materials and exhibits 

Follow our historic posts on 

Woodstock Herald, January 28, 1880

Learn about your community by participating in our What Happened Here? local history project. 


Shenandoah County has a long and rich history. Numerous local organization preserve that past, and interpret its meaning including: