APVA-NSV Membership Meeting

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities – Northern Shenandoah Valley will be holding its first General Membership meeting on Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 pm at Blandy Farm (State Arboretum) on Rt. 50 in Clarke County, in the Library of the main building. After a program on Greenway Court by Maral Kalbian, well-known architectural historian, we will go to Greenway Court and tour the site.

Non-members of APVA are welcome. We hope you will consider joining Virginia’s principal preservation organization, and its brand new “Branch” for Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, Warren, and Winchester.

Charles Broadway Rouss Day

“For more than 50 years he has been almost continuously closely identified in all that concerns the public here,” said former Winchester Mayor R.T. Barton at Rouss’ funeral in 1902. Or, as Rouss biographer A.V. McCracken wrote in 1896, “There are bands, baseball clubs and every sort of organization in old Winchester which bear the name of the New York merchant. The name Charles Broadway Rouss will go down to unborn generations of Winchesterians as a synonym of all that is charitable, good and benevolent.”

Celebrate Charles Broadway Rouss Day with a variety of activities taking place in Winchester. Please visit The Winchester City Government Website for a schedule of events and more history on one of Winchester’s leading philanthropists.

Lecture Series with Warren Hofstra

Join Dr. Warren Hofstra in his ongoing lecture series for the next installment, entitled Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and the Progressive Ideal for a Better Life. The event will be held at 7:30 pm in the Handley Library Auditorium, 100 W. Piccadilly St. In case of inclement weather, the announcement of postponement will be made on the Handley Library website and telephone message system (662-9041 ext. 37).

Our Community, Our State, Our Nation: American History in the Modern Era

October kicks off a series of lectures and discussions with Warren Hofstra, co-sponsored by seven local non-profit groups. Each of these lectures will engage large questions in American history in the context of the communities we create in our localities, our states, and in our nation. The series will be a means of asking big questions of small places and of a large nation. Each will raise issues about how Americans across three centuries have viewed the proper sphere of government as what is public in public life. Answers varied from time to time and from the points of view of those who raised them. But their consideration will provide a forum for people in Winchester and the surrounding community to ask what can and what should be done at a time of significant change in American life.

Warren Hofstra is the Stewart Bell Professor of History and director of the Community History Project at Shenandoah University. His areas of expertise include the American frontier, Virginia history, culture of the Cold War, and vernacular architecture. For more information on the series call Sandy Snyder (540) 535-3543, or email ssnyder@su.edu. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The topic of the October lecture is “American Frontiers: National Identity, Frederick Jackson Turner, and the Question of Significance.” The program begins at 7:30 pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Corner of Piccadilly and Washington St.

Day of Caring

PHW is pleased to announce that a project submitted by a PHW member and sponsored by PHW was chosen in this year’s Day of Caring, an annual event hosted by the United Way. The event organizes volunteers willing to do work for projects for nonprofits or people in need in the Shenandoah Valley.

If you are interested in learning more about this event, visit the local branch of the United Way online at http://www.unitedwaynsv.org/