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April 2017
$50.00

21st Annual Spring Banquet

April 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 S Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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Monday, April 3, 2017 6 p.m. Social Hour and 6:45 Dinner Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center. Guest Speaker Robert Newlen, the Chief of Staff for the Library of Congress, will present "The 21st-Century Library of Congress: Your Library in Washington D.C." Robert Newlen has spent more than 39 years at the library serving in many areas including assistant law librarian and in the collections development. He was recently promoted to Chief of Staff.  A fundraiser drawing and silent auction for…

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Stuart Talk

April 20, 2017 @ 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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Dr. Edmund Potter, associate professor of history at Mary Baldwin University presents The History of Mary Baldwin University in commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of Mary Baldwin University ACHS members and MBU faculty, staff and students free admission non-members $5 admission

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June 2017

The Verdict of the People: a history of voting in Augusta County

June 27, 2017 - October 1, 2017
The Wayne Theatre and Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980 United States
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This excellent exhibit has traveled to the the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, VA where it is on display in the second floor gallery. The exhibit examines the history of voting and elections in Augusta County from the county's inception to the last presidential election.

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July 2017

Treasures of Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro Opens: July 31

July 31, 2017
History Gallery at the R.R.Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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The word treasure has many definitions, but the one that makes the most sense for this exhibit is “something of great worth or value.” The treasure of history is abundant in a county such as Augusta that once stretched to the Mississippi River. In a place where Native Americans lived for 10,000 years and where European settlers have carved out a rich history for more than 300 years, we are truly blessed. However, the real treasures that make our history…

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November 2017

Fall Meeting

November 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
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  Please join us at the ACHS Fall Meeting to hear Karl Stoltzfus, Sr., owner of Dynamic Aviation in Bridgewater, Virginia, tell the story of "Columbine II: the first Air Force One." The Columbine II, as the Lockheed Constellation aircraft was called, was built in 1948 and was part of the phenomenon of Presidents going airborne. Eisenhower flew over 50,000 miles in the plane. After it was retired from presidential service, the Columbine II began a…

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Stuart Talk Stitching Together a Community’s History: The Friendship Quilt and the Miracle at Pines Chapel Presbyterian Church

November 16, 2017 @ 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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Nancy Sorrells’ presentation tells the story of Pines Chapel from the late 19th century to the present including the story of building the current church in the 1950s. She will give a square-by-square description of the quilt, highlighting many of the names and local businesses featured on the quilt.  Everyone in this 1942 photograph of the Pines Chapel congregation is on the quilt except one. Many of the women in this photograph…

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December 2017

Stuart Talk

December 7, 2017 @ 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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Kim served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg. A graduate of James Madison University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, Kim has worked and interned in a variety of library and museum settings, including the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The North Carolina State Archives, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. A Young Man with Valley Ties: The World War…

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February 2018

New Exhibit

February 19, 2018 - June 15, 2018
History Gallery at the R.R.Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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Exceeding Expectations: Staunton, Augusta County, and World War I Liberty Loan speeches in downtown Staunton One hundred years after the event, the story of Staunton and Augusta County soldiers and civilian volunteers who contributed so much to the Allied victory in World War I has been researched and will be on display with historical photos, newspapers, uniforms and medals  in the society’s history gallery at the R.R. Smith Center, opening the third week of February. Exhibit…

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March 2018

STUART TALK

March 1, 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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Edmund D. “Rick” Potter will present Exceeding Expectations: Staunton and Augusta County Meeting the Challenge of Being from the President's Hometown During World War I  Plaque honoring the area’s war dead on the front of the Augusta County Courthouse. The talk will explore the military and civilian contributions of area residents during the period 1917-1918 as well as after the war, and is offered in connection with the society’s World War I exhibit opening in February…

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SPRING MEETING

March 18, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
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“Shakers & Jerkers: Radical Revivalism in the Shenandoah Valley & East Tennessee, 1805–1815,” presented by Douglas Winiarski. Free and open to the public.

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