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November 2016

Stuart Lecture

November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lecture Room, R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401 United States
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On December 7, 1941, a Pan Am passenger plane winging over the central Pacific learned that the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor, where they had landed and embarked from the day before the attack. The adventures of the plane and its crew as they worked to escape attack and get home safely make up a little-known but compelling tale. The plane not only had to avoid Japanese aircraft, it had to find safe places to land and refuel on…

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December 2016

HOPE REBORN OF WAR

December 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Francis Auditorium, 227 E Frederick St,
Staunton, VA 24401 United States
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Back by popular demand Connie Doebele and Nancy Sorrells  will present their book and documentary video –  Tuesday December 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Mary Baldwin's Francis Auditorium Hope Reborn of War: The Story of a World War II military hospital, a world famous rehabilitation center, and a unique educational community in Fishersville, Va. (the Woodrow Wilson General Hospital, Wilson Memorial High School, WWRC, and the tech school) The story of a ground-breaking military hospital and its impact on the people it…

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March 2017

ACHS Spring Meeting

March 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Augusta County Government Center, 18 Government Center Lane
Verona, VA 24482
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Kevin Walker CEO for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation The Future of the Past: Jackson’s Valley Campaign and Battlefield Preservation This presentation will focus on two pivotal battles at Port Republic and Cross Keys that led to the victory over the Union forces. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of our region’s true experts talk about the importance these two strategic battles played in Jackson’s Valley Campaign. The lecture is free and open to members and the public. Light…

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175th Anniversary Exhibition on the history of Mary Baldwin University

March 28, 2017 - May 7, 2017
History Gallery at the R.R.Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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This exhibit commemorates the history of Mary Baldwin University. It features a rich collection of artifacts, historic images, and documents covering the school from its early establishment as Augusta Female Seminary in 1842 to its recent transformation from a college to a university. April 6, 2017 5 to 6 p.m. Opening reception: ACHS members welcome  

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April 2017

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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$50.00

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 long journey of its…

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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 actually made one or more of the 20…

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