Construction of the new Linwood A. Rhodes Wildlife Art Gallery at 360 Main Street in Stanardsville is complete! The building is beautiful and awaits the installation of Linwood’s collection. In the house, volunteers are creating display spaces and the displays to go in them. Other volunteers are working on organizing our huge collection of data - genealogical, architectural and historical. There is a lot going on!
Our new buy-a-brick walkway from the street to the front door has had a huge response. Descendants of Greene from as far away as California have memorialized their ancestors with bricks – and there are spaces for many more named bricks. See the attached form:
Check our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/greenehistoryva to see more pictures of the building in progress.
In May we set aside a portion of Linwood Rhodes’s bequest in an Endowment Fund with CACF (Charlottesville Area Community Foundation). Not only is this money growing to become a major source of support for the operations of the Society, the Fund provides another way for our members and friends to contribute to the Society’s long-term financial health. Contributions can be made in a number of ways – by check to us at PO Box 185, Stanardsville VA 22973, with ‘Endowment Fund’ in the memo space; online to CACF ( CACF ), by indicating in the memo line that the donation is to go to Greene County Historical Society; or by check to CACF with Greene County Historical Society on the check. CACF’s website is listed on our Links page and the postal address is 114 4th Street SE, P.O. Box 1767 Charlottesville, VA 22902. As well as managing funds like ours, CACF also disperses its own grants, and we are delighted that it has just awarded a grant to *STAR* (Stanardsville Area Revitalization), to help with managing the second phase of the streetscape improvements (for which it is now engaged in raising the $90,000 needed as a match).
As well as family histories and the genealogy database, all of which are available in the museum, we now have on the public computer twenty oral histories recorded over the last 18 months. These were produced and edited by Gregg Gilbert, a member from Charlottesville, working with Joann Powell, and they make for fascinating listening. The sound quality is excellent, and the stories - priceless!
To gather ideas for using the new display spaces, the board took a road trip in mid-December. We visited the Port Republic Museum, the Plumb House and Heritage Museum in Waynesboro, and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in Dayton. We got lots of different ideas, took lots of photos and came back with a much better idea of possibilities. As you see below, it was a chilly day, but well worthwhile. And we can recommend all three places as being full of interesting history. Don’t forget to check their websites for hours before you go.
Greene County Historical Society Board, from the left: Bill Steo, Dick Early, Roger Powell, Joe Freni, Cheryl Ragland, Jackie Pamenter, Joann Powell, Bobby Rhodes and Kim Spitzmiller. Missing is board member Troy Harlow.
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