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April 2018

Annual Spring Banquet 2018

April 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 S Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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Monday, April 2, Social 6 p.m., dinner 6:45   Dr. Ed Ayers will present a program on the third book and  final book in his Civil War trilogy,  “The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America.” Book signing to follow program. Banquet tickets $50.

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June 2018

Exhibit: Images of Our Rural Legacy: Portraits of Ordinary Architecture and Its Regional Landscape

June 20, 2018 - August 6, 2018
History Gallery at the R.R.Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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by Gary Okerlund These images of vernacular architecture and artifacts in their rural and agricultural landscape setting are distinctive to the Valley & central Virginia. Together, they embody authenticity, provide a sense of time and place, are part of our cultural legacy, and have a story to tell. The exhibit continues through the middle of August.. Opening Reception Friday June 22, 5-7 p.m.  History Gallery Both Exhibit and Opening Reception are free and open to the public.

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August 2018
free

Vive La France: A Celebration of the Influence of French Wines and Cheeses on Virginia and America,

August 20, 2018 - November 16, 2018
History Gallery at the R.R.Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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Another premier exhibit curated by Scott Ballin will run from mid-August to mid-November. A number of magnificent 17th-century maps, more than 30 of which are from the famous Blaeu family of mapmakers, are on display. The family patriarch and his sons were the premier mapmakers in Europe in the 1600s. The exhibit will officially open at a gallery and garden reception from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday August 25. The reception is free and open to the public. This exhibit is dedicated…

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September 2018
$20.00

Conversations from the Grave

September 22, 2018 - September 23, 2018
Thornrose Cemetery, West Beverley Street
Staunton, 24421-2310
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Meet the Residents of Thornrose Cemetery September 22-23, 2018 Saturday, Sept. 22: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 1:00, and 1:30 Sunday, Sept. 23: 1:30, 2:00, and 2:30  They say only the good die young. Find out for yourself when you meet the Rev. Abel Fraser, Eva Clark, the infamous Marguiretta de Crescioli, Hugh B. Sproul, the Black Widow, and others as you are guided through Staunton’s own beautiful Thornrose Cemetery. Local costumed actors will tell the stories of the people who made…

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Stuart Talk

September 27, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Lecture Room, R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401 United States
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The Mysterious Photograph in the Hon. Mr. Stuart’s Attic presented by Pamela Patrick When Mrs. George Cochran (Lee) began her restoration of Stuart House a number of years ago, she asked Pamela Patrick’s father, Dr. Jim Patrick (former Augusta County Historical Society president) to go through the documents stored in the attic, and save those he thought should be preserved.   The subject of this talk –a photograph found in the attic of Stuart House during that restoration, pictures 18 men in…

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November 2018
free and open to the public

ACHS FALL MEETING

November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
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When Buffalo Bill Helped Staunton Prepare for War Sunday Nov. 4, 3 p.m., Augusta County Government Center in Verona Fall Meeting and talk by historian John Flood Free and open to the public. On October 5, 1916, Buffalo Bill Cody in conjunction with the Miller Brothers 101 Wild West came to Staunton. Cody was always one to incorporate current events of importance into his shows. With Europe already embroiled in World War I and the U.S. not yet but likely soon to be…

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“On the Home Front: How the Influenza Pandemic Played out in Augusta County

November 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 100 E Frederick St.
Staunton, VA 24401 , VA 24401 United States
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Presentation by Nancy Sorrells and Caitlyn Alexander ACHS board member Nancy Sorrells and ACHS intern and Mary Baldwin student Caitlyn Alexander will give a presentation about the great influenza epidemic.  The fall of 1918 was a tough time for those in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. World War I was in its final death throes, but much fighting remained in the Meuse-Argonne campaign before the armistice was signed on Nov. 11, 1918. Many of the local men in the military…

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Two Who Served: The Tale of Two Valley Boys and the Great War

November 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, Lecture Room, 2nd Floor, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401 United States
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This program is part of the area wide WWI centennial commemoration Ashby Forrest Painter pictured here in his uniform Presentation by Gregg Clemmer and Nancy Sorrells For all we know, the two young men knew each other – after all Ashby Forrest Painterlived in the very southern part of Augusta County in the little community called Ellard and Herman Leonard Clemmer grew up just a few miles away in Rockbridge County. Both were Presbyterian, Painter went…

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Forgotten Soldiers” The African-American Men of Staunton and Augusta County in WWI

November 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
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Part of the area-wide WWI commemoration  Presentation by Historian Melissa Patrick  On the eve of the Civil War, the African-American population of Staunton and Augusta County stood at about 20 percent. In 1865, when Staunton became the headquarters for the Freedmen’s Bureau in the aftermath of the war, those population figures increased. Today the black population of the county is just over four percent, while the percentage in Staunton is 12 percent and 10 percent in Waynesboro. In between then…

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The Flood of 1949

November 19, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
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Panel presentation by historians, meterologists, and survivors of the Stokesville-Bridgewater Flood.

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