of Shenandoah County, Virginia, Inc.
THANK YOU! to the museum members who braved the cold and attended the Woodstock Museum's Annual Meeting of the Membership on January 22nd.
As always, the primary purpose of the annual meeting was the nomination and election of the 2015 officers and board of directors. Welcome to new board member Bill Scott! And, welcome back to Anne Bennett and Lyla Davidson! Thanks go out to the other officers and members of the board who agreed to continue on in their positions. The newly elected officers and board will serve until October this year, when a new slate will be elected.
Other accomplishments of the meeting were the formal confirmation to follow through on the installation of climate control systems, insulation and weatherizing of the main buildings, starting with the Marshall House as soon as possible; and the changing of the By-Laws in order to move the date of the Annual Meeting from January to a milder time of year, the fourth Thursday in October, which coincides with the Docents's Dinner.
Woodstock Museum Program Info:
Program Speakers are scheduled for the 4th Thursday of March, May, & August of each year at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend these events, at no charge. Generally these events are held in the Town of Woodstock's Council Chambers at 135 North Main Street, Woodstock VA. Please check back for more details on speakers and event time & location.
Additionally, there is a speaker or entertainment at the Annual Docents' Dinner on the 4th Thursday of October - a fee is charged for this event, which includes a catered buffet dinner.
May 22, 2014
"Mosby's Ranger" - Eric W. Buckland spoke to a full house about some of the men who rode with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, and of some of the wives who made their own mark on the live of those at home. A wonderful power point presentation gave a look at the success of the soldiers turned civilians after the war. Mr. Buckland is the author of five books about Mosby & his Rangers.
March 27, 2014
"Shenandoah County Courthouse Renovations Revealed" - Speaker Barbara Adamson, Pres., Shenandoah County Historical Society, did a power point presentation & discussed the renovations to the 'old' courthouse, and the Civil War era graffiti found there.
PBS " Shenandoah Valley Museums":
The Woodstock Museum is one of several Valley museums featured in a half hour show, produced by Oak Tree Productions, which appeared on local PBS station WVPT in May 2011. Oak Tree produced the popular 'Road Trip to History' series on Shenandoah County towns & local history. The 'Shenandoah Valley Museums' show is the latest in the 'Road Trip to History' series.
The show is still occasionally shown as a rerun on WVPT.
DVDs of the show are available through WVPT Virginia Public Television.
The Woodstock Museum's portion of the program was funded in full by SHENTEL
& Chocolate Festival!
On a cold Sunday in February 2014 lots of local folks joined the volunteer appraisers and museum board & docents for a wonderful day of chocolate and antiques appraisals. Or even just poking around the museum! Quite a few people took a seat in the audience & enjoyed watching, and learning from, the appraisals that were being done.
Many wonderful things came through, including a very rare "Hinkle & Grim, Stonyman VA" 2 gallon decorated pitcher! It was appraised at 'skies the limit' since none of the appraisers had ever seen a pitcher with this mark before.
Our next Antiques Appraisal Fair will be held in 2016!!
Volunteer Appraisers (front to back on left): Mark Grove, Jeff Bradfield, Hoyle Laughlin, and Phil Lively
Life is a Carousel!
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in Winchester has placed on loan at the Woodstock Museum a wonderful piece of Shenandoah County folk art, a late 19th century carved wooden carousel horse attributed to James Sheetz of Edinburg, VA. The horse is said to have been part of a traveling carousel that roamed Shenandoah County at the end of the 19th century& into the early 20th century. MSV has the mate to this horse on display in it's permanent gallery.
The Sheetz carousel horse will be on long term exhibit at the Woodstock Museum.
It is hoped that this is just the first of many exchanges of artifacts between the Woodstock Museum & the Museum of the ShenandoahValley!
MSV Exec Director Dana H Evans (L) & Exhibits Manager Corwyn Garman (R)
Visit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley at www.shenandoahmuseum.org