Shenandoah County Library Celebrating Archives Month with "Art in the Archives" Events
October is National Archives month. This is a time when archives, museums, libraries, universities, and historic sites from around the country work to highlight the value of our collections and those who work to preserve them.
Archives in the Commonwealth of Virginia have chosen “Art in the Archives” as the theme of our celebration. This will allow us to promote the archives role in preserving and interpreting the legacy of artists, musicians, and the cultural works they produce.
The Shenandoah County Library, through our Truban Archives, nine local museums, and various other organizations will be hosting several events to promote the value of our local archives and highlight the role they play in our community.
Our celebrations will kick off with the opening of a special exhibit on October 1st. This production will consist of a series of unique pop-up displays. They will feature local paintings, quilts, drawings, earthenware, textiles, and other artistic items. These objects are drawn from the Truban Archives and the collections of six other Shenandoah County Museums. The portions of the exhibit will be on display every Friday and Saturday in October at the following host sites:
· Hupps Hill 9:00AM-5:00PM, 33229 Old Valley Pike Strasburg VA, 22657
· Strasburg Museum 10:00AM-4:00PM, 440 E. King St. Strasburg VA, 22657
· Woodstock Museum 1:00-4:00PM, 104 S. Muhlenberg St. Woodstock VA, 22664
· Shenandoah County Historic Courthouse 11:00AM-4:00PM, 103 N. Main St., Woodstock VA, 22664
· Edinburg Mill: 9:30AM-5:30PM, 214 S. Main St. Edinburg VA, 22824
· CCC Legacy at the Forest Service Interpretive Center: 8:00AM-4:30PM Fridays and 1:00-4:00PM Saturdays, 102 Koontz St, Edinburg, VA 22824
· Shenandoah County Library: Fridays 10:00AM-6:00PM and Saturdays 10:00AM-3:00PM, 514 Stoney Creek Blvd. Edinburg VA, 22824
· Mt. Jackson Museum: Fridays 1:00-4:00PM and Saturdays 10:00AM-4:00PM, 5901 Main St. Mt. Jackson VA, 22842
· New Market Library: Friday 1:00-5:00PM and Saturdays 9:30AM-1:00PM, 160 E. Lee St. New Market VA, 22844
Individuals visiting the exhibit are encouraged to participate in our Archives Month passport program. Visitors can pick up one of these passports at each host site and will receive a stamp for each portion they view. Persons who see all nine pieces of the exhibit will be entered to win a special archives month prize package featuring tickets and gift cards to local attractions. Limit one entry per person.
Children in the community are also invited to our special “Coloring the Past” Archives Month Childrens’ program to be held on October 5th from 4:30PM-5:30PM. During this event participants will be able to create their own art work based on the special items that are part of the “Art in the Archives” Exhibit. The finished products will then be on display in the County Library at Edinburg through October 31st.
On Wednesday, October 5th archivist Zachary Hottel will participate in “Ask An Archivist” Day. This is an opportunity for the public, either in person or via social media, to ask questions about what an archives does, how to preserve your personal collections, ways to connect with local history, and much more. This local segment of an all day, nation-wide event that involves archivists from hundreds of institutions from around the country, will last from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Be sure to use #askanarchivist to follow the conversation on social media.
Finally, every day from October 24th-October 28th between 10:00AM and 1:00PM at the Shenandoah County Library we will be hosting special open house hours for anyone interested in volunteering with or or donating materials tothe Archives or other historic site. Our archivist will be on hand during these periods to give interested individuals a tour of the archives, a behind the scene review of our collections, and to discuss how our volunteer opportunities connect with your interests.
Shenandoah Stories: A New Way to Discover History
The library and archives are happy to highlight the release of our new web based tour site “Shenandoah Stories.” This project, in development for the last four months, is designed to help residents and visitors alike learn about Shenandoah County from their computer or mobile device.
Shenandoah Stories is unlike most history themed websites. Instead of simply listing historic information, this page allows us to “pin” the history of various sites to their physical location and presents the visitor with one large map filled with pictures and interpretation related to sites they want to learn about. This allows visitors to the site to discover historic locations near where they are and where they want to visit. It also allows them to search for sites based on their preferences or by tours created by the archives.
Each entry in Shenandoah Stories is complete with pictures and a description of the historic site. Some, when information is limited, are short. Others are lengthier and contain a wide array of photographs. All are based on in depth research conducted using primary sources, the county’s historic site survey, and published records. They should represent a variety of county lifestyles during a range of time periods.