Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair
Shenandoah County Library and other archives in the Shenandoah Valley will participate in the Shenandoah Valley Archives Fair on October 7, 2020.
This virtual event is an opportunity for individuals to learn about archives, the collections held in various regional institutions, how to access them, and tips for conducting your research.
In the weeks following the Archives Fair local archivists will be releasing a series of "lightning talks" designed to share information about collections, access, and research. A full schedule for these talks and a list of participating institutions will be released at a later date.
When it was founded in 1984, the Shenandoah County Library committed itself to providing the resources our community needs to understand its history. To do this the library developed a collection of published local history works, microfilm, maps, and other works. In 2001 we moved to our current facility and a generous donation by Dr. William Truban allowed us to add an Archives. This helped us expand our collection to include photographs, primary sources, and rare books. Today, we remain committed to our mission of "collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Shenandoah County."
We are always looking to expand the size of our collection. Primarily we gather new materials through donations from individuals, businesses, and community groups. Our collection focuses on Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah Valley, and we are especially interested in any type of local history materials including letters, photographs, ledgers, maps, drawings, cards, etc. Contact Archivist Zachary Hottel to discuss a possible donation.
We also invite you to help us better understand the history of our local businesses and ensure their story is not lost. Please complete a brief survey about any business's you remember or are currently involved with at our Business History Project.
The Shenandoah Room and Truban Archives local history collections are located at the Shenandoah County Library, 514 Stoney Creek Blvd. Edinburg Virginia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Shenandoah Room and Truban Archives will be CLOSED to researchers until further notice.
The research service provided by the Shenandoah County Historical Society has also been suspended until further notice.
Archivist Zachary Hottel is available via phone to answer questions as able Monday-Friday, 10:00AM-5:00PM
If you are visiting us to conduct genealogical research, we recommend you browse our Family Folder Collection.
Share your COVID-19 Experience
The Shenandoah County Library is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in keeping a record of their lives during this unprecedented time.
Individuals are invited to participate by starting a journal, either physical or digital, and then donating their record to the county library to be preserved as part of our county's historic narrative. We also are encourage local photographers to capture images of how their communities are affected by COVID-19.
Records should include information about everyday lives, activities, etc. and can be any length or in various mediums, including a written journal, digital productions, stories, art, poetry, or videos. You can submit materials directly to our collection at http://archives.countylib.org/contribution
We are also currently conducting a community survey to collect information about the community during this difficult time.
You can complete it at https://bit.ly/3fOS8xC