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A Dash of History, A Splash of Romance

Thursday, March 17, 2022, 7 pm, Hybrid Event (In-person and virtual) Emma Lyon Bryan truly was a “Jill of All Trades” who created a variety of artistic and literary works throughout her life while also raising a family and privately teaching school. This presentation will…

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Teamwork Reveals Courthouse Treasures

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7pm Zoom Webinar Over the past 14 years, the Rockingham Circuit Court Clerk’s office has identified and conserved or preserved records that were securely tucked away. A unique collaboration with JMU’s History and Library departments has given students hands-on public history…

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Sadie at Eighty: Conversation & Book Signing

Sat, Nov 20, 10a; limited seating, registration required, suggested donation $10 Save Your Seat! In "Sadie's Silence," author Libby Layne introduced readers to her grandmother Sadie Zigler Wampler, whose short life exemplified courage, tenacity, intellectual curiosity, and passion. Now, Layne invites you to meet Sadie at…

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Old House, New History: Where do we go from here?

Thursday, November 4, 2021, Hybrid Event In recent years, evidence from archaeological investigation changed the story of what has been known for decades as the Thomas Harrison House. How do we discover more of the building's origin story? How do the associated buildings add to that…

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“Libby” Film: Popping Up 12/3!

First Friday, Dec 3, 5-8 pm, 191 S. Main St., Harrisonburg Find us next to Ten Thousand Villages for a dose of holiday spirit with this heartwarming and award-winning film. The film is about 40 minutes long and will begin at 15 minutes past the…

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The History of Wetsel Seed

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 7pm in the Rocktown History Lecture Hall The story of Wetsel Seeds stems from pioneering studies by Daniel Wetsel (1861-1933). Born in Pennsylvania, Wetsel moved to east Rockingham's  Goods Mill community in 1882.  Wetsel established a blacksmith shop in Port Republic, married,…

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“Little Massachusetts”: Northern Valley Unionists

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 7pm Zoom Webinar https://youtu.be/0-9OkbX0bOY While Unionist sentiment remained strong throughout the Shenandoah Valley as Virginia debated secession in late 1860 and early 1861, those pro-Unionist leanings waned significantly throughout much of the Valley following Virginia’s secession in the spring of 1861. However, in…

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Shenandoah Valley Architecture

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7pm Zoom Webinar https://youtu.be/37G-AuFXc80From log cabins to drive-ins, the story of America is reflected in the architectural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley. In the 1700s, emigrants from Pennsylvania and Virginia’s Tidewater and Piedmont regions traveled southwest through the Valley. Those who…

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Archer Alexander and The Faces of Freedom

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 7pm Zoom Webinar https://youtu.be/1YLhethqU1YYou won’t find the name of Archer Alexander (born in 1806 in Rockbridge County, Virginia) on the 1876 Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park, Washington, D.C. Presented in the process of breaking his chains, Alexander was chosen as the…

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Lucy Frances Simms Celebration

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7-8:30 pm, Zoom Webinar The Northeast Neighborhood Association and Rocktown History hosted a celebration of the legacy of Miss Lucy F. Simms and the release of the first biography on Harrisonburg's most famous educator. The public was invited to join…

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Coughs & Sneezes Spread Diseases

March 19th, 2020. Postponed, then cancelled due to COVID-19. Nancy Sorrells planned to discuss the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, which affected life both globally and on the homefronts of Augusta and Rockingham Counties. Little did we know how relevant her talk would be. When WWI ended…

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