Missing Monday is your opportunity to help support the Truban Archives by donating historic materials that will help us fill gaps in our collection. 

During the 20th century, Shenandoah County was home to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Apple Orchards like this one. A major part of our local economy and culture, these orchards supported communities, families, local businesses, and a way of life. They also brought outside influences, such as the railroad who came to transport apples and immigrants who were brought here during the harvest season to pick apples.

Since the mid-1990s Shenandoah County’s Apple Industry began to decline. Production began to move to other areas of the country and world due to consolidation, labor costs, trade, etc. Acreage and total production declined as land was sold to developers or transferred to other types of agricultural production.

The history of the Apple Industry in Shenandoah County is an important part of our community narrative. However, due to the small nature of most orchards, the transient nature of many workers, and the decline in production, much of its history has been lost or remains hidden.

As part of our “Missing Monday” project were are highlighting the Archive’s need to collect more materials related to the apple industry. This includes ledgers, business documents, photographs, employment information, and ephemera. Contact Archivist Zachary Hottel to arrange a donation.   

 

When it was founded in 1984, the Shenandoah County Library committed itself to providing the resources our community needs to understand its history. To do this the library developed a collection of published local history works, microfilm, maps, and other works. In 2001 we moved to our current facility and a generous donation by Dr. William Truban allowed us to add an Archives. This helped us expand our collection to include photographs, primary sources, and rare books. Today, we remain committed to our mission of "collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Shenandoah County."

To fulfill this mission we continue to to operate the Shenandoah Room and the Truban Archives under the direction of our Archivist Zachary Hottel. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.g or via phone at (540)984-8200 for any questions regarding these collections or research. Before visiting, be sure to review our visiting page. 

We are always looking to expand the size of our collection. Primarily we gather new materials through donations from individuals, businesses, and community groups. Our collection focuses on Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah Valley, and we are especially interested in any type of local history materials including letters, photographs, ledgers, maps, drawings, cards, etc. Contact Archivist Zachary Hottel to discuss a possible donation. 

We also invite you to help us better understand the history of our local businesses and ensure their story is not lost. Please complete a brief survey about any business's you remember or are currently involved with at our Business History Project

The Shenandoah Room and Truban Archives local history collections are located at the Shenandoah County Library, 514 Stoney Creek Blvd. Edinburg Virginia. 

Most of our local history collection is available during regular library hours. However, materials in our closed collections are only available when our archivist or a volunteer is on duty. Please contact us in advance of your visit. Individuals are usually available to provide assistance Monday through Friday, 10:00AM-5:30PM and on Saturdays by appointment. The closed collection can also be made available on other times by appointment. Requests must be made to Archivist Zachary Hottel via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone (540)984-8200. All requests will be handled on a case by case basis and depending on staffing availability. 

You can learn more about our collections, and the restrictions placed on them, by visiting our Shenandoah Room and Truban Archives pages. 

Before visiting the library we recommend you explore our catalog to search for available materials. Learn more about conducting a catalog sear on our Shenandoah Room page. 

If you are visiting us to conduct genealogical research, we recommend you browse our Family Folder Collection

Due to staff vacation, assistance in the Shenandoah Room and access to the Truban Archives will only be provided on a limited basis December 9 through December 30. If you will be visiting , we recommend you call ahead