Seasons Greetings from the Greene County Historical Society!! We hope you are having a wonderful end to 2014, and that 2015 is a great year for us all. There is lots to tell you, starting with a few dates to put into your calendar.
As we move in to the New Year, don't forget that membership is on a calendar year basis, so your membership may expire on December 31st. You can renew using PayPal from the membership page of our website - www.greenehistory.org - or by sending us a check to PO Box 185, Stanardsville VA 22973.
Our annual dinner will be held at The Rosebrook Inn on March 22nd. Check our January newsletter or Facebook page for the time and cost of the dinner. This is becoming a highly anticipated event despite the snow 2 years in a row – let’s hope the third time’s the charm. Over the weekend of April 11th and 12th, we will participate in the Mountain Heritage & Antique Festival being organized by the Greene Tourism Council. Our Annual Meeting will be on May 17th, and the featured speaker will be Jim Lillard of Madison. Jim presents a wonderful program of reminiscences about the lives of the people who lived in the mountains before the coming of the Shenandoah National Park, with poignant, sometimes funny, stories and beautiful photographs. As usual we will meet for that event at the courthouse in Stanardsville, beginning at 4 pm. Jim is familiar with the venue, having presented part of this program there in November for the Blue Ridge Heritage Project. The planning committee of the Board is developing a list of additional community activities for the year.
Another date to remember is February 7th, when Children of Shenandoah will meet in the William Monroe High School Cafeteria in Stanardsville, from 10:00 till noon. This meeting is open to the public, which of course includes all those interested in the lives of the families displaced by the Park, wherever they are from.
There’s been much activity at 360 Main Street as Jamie Wayland and his O’Jennings crew have worked on the construction of the Wildlife Art Gallery behind the main house. As we write this end-of-year summary, the building is under roof, has windows installed, the staircase to the second floor storage area is being installed. This is great progress towards our goal of a grand opening in May.
The front walk at 360 Main Street is in a sad state of repair. We will replace it with a brick walk and as a fundraiser and to build community ownership, we’ll sell personalized name bricks. More information to follow, but be prepared to see your name there as you walk up to the front door. We predict that there might be Breedens from Illinois, Morrises from Arizona and Pages from California lining the path to the door.
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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