The Greene County Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on May 19, starting at 4:00 pm, at the Greene County Courthouse in Stanardsville.
There will be a program on the "Notable Women of Greene County", and a short business meeting. Refreshments will be provided on the Courthouse steps after the meeting.
All Society Members are urged to attend, and everyone is welcome.
The Historical Society's first Newsletter of 2013 is now posted on the website. Click here to read.
The Historical Society's annual dinner was held on Sunday March 24th, at the Rosebrook Inn, with a large crowd in attendance in the midst of a spring snowfall. Thanks to all who made this annual event a success.
A book launch party was held at Noon Whistle Pottery in Stanardsville on Sunday, February 3rd. Nearly 100 copies of the book were sold, and attendees enjoyed the opportunity to have Jackie Pamenter and other Board members autograph their copies. A second book signing event was held on Saturday, February 9, at the Greene County Visitors Center in Ruckersville, where about 50 copies were sold.
You can order your copy online by going to the Home page.
The Greene County Historical Society is now incorporated as a nonstock corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and operates in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission effective October 5, 2012. The Board of Directors of the Society took this action to provide protection to its Members, Directors, and Officers against potential legal liabilities that might be applied to the Society in the future. As the Society acquires a building as a result of the generous bequest from the estate of Linwood Rhodes, there will be greater potential for legal liability. By incorporating, liability generally will be limited to the assets of the Society and will not extend to Members, Directors and Officers.
To fully implement the incorporation, the Board of Directors has approved new Bylaws for the corporation. The new Bylaws retain the key features of the previous bylaws of the unincorporated Society and are expanded to reflect the incorporated status and to define more clearly the duties and authorities of the Members, Directors and Officers of the corporation.
A copy of the new Bylaws can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking here.
Writing this on the last day of 2012, as President of the Greene County Historical Society I am delighted to wish all our members and friends a very happy and healthy 2013. We have some great news to start the New Year. At last – we have a book! Publication date for ‘Greene County’ in Arcadia Publishing’s ‘Images of America’ series is January 28th and we received some preview copies last week. It is a great feeling to have the book in my hands and I hope you will all enjoy it. Don refers to 2012 as ‘the year of the book,’ which for this family it certainly became. My only regret is that we couldn’t include all of the pictures and stories that people so generously shared. We will be having a book launch party at Noonwhistle Pottery in Stanardsville on February 3rd – watch local media for details - and will of course sell the book at the museum; it will also be available at other places in and around Greene as well as on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, etc.
Our other very big news is that earlier in this month we received a most generous check from the estate of Linwood Rhodes, who died in December 2009. Your Board is working to develop plans for how to fulfill the intent of Linwood’s bequest; we will give you regular updates on this exciting new chapter in the life of the Society.
If you live close by, I hope you will come to the museum, if you don’t do so already, enjoy what we have on display and use our genealogical library to further your researches into family. And if you would like to help to keep the doors open by volunteering a couple of hours of your time once a month, so much the better. If volunteering at the museum on a Friday or Saturday, or in some other capacity, is on your New Year’s Resolution list, let me know – your participation will be most gratefully welcomed.
In fact, you could perhaps participate right now. Below is a photo of the cover of our book; we know that the boys to the left are probably in the Rhodes family – but who are the others? The picture, taken around 1912, is of the students and teachers of Kinderhook School (the full picture is in the book). If you can identify any of the others, please let us know– it would be one more piece of the Greene County puzzle solved.
Come and visit, send your friends. This note comes with heartfelt thanks for your support and encouragement, and my very best wishes,
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