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MEETING ARCHIVES

Click the topics below to open text description of some of our most recent meetings.

05/25/17 - Genetic Genealogy: What Can DNA Testing Tell Me About My Ancestry?

05/25/17 - Genetic Genealogy: What Can DNA Testing Tell Me About My Ancestry?

Pictured left is Dr. John Butler, a leading expert on forensic DNA profiling, helping the 40+ attendees to understand the question - What Can DNA Testing Tell Me About My Ancestry?
After a brief introduction to the science of DNA and DNA testing, Dr. Butler explained the different tests available by genealogy services companies.
The most important point learned was to detertmine the question you want answered first, then find the DNA test that will assist in answering that question.

We certainly appreciate Dr. Butler visiting us from his home in Gaithersburg, Maryland.



03/23/17 - Blue Ridge Heritage Project

03/23/17 - Blue Ridge Heritage Project

The Blue Ridge Heritage Project is a grassroots effort to create monuments and related displays that will tell the story of the people of the Blue Ridge Mountains and to honor the sacrifices they made so that the Shenandoah National Park could be established. Project founder Bill Henry, pictured left addressing the NMHS audience, described how his experiences in the park led to the discovery of its relatively unknown remarkable history.

Visit the Blue Ridge Heritage Project's web site at

BlueRidgeHeritageProject.com.



01/26/17 - the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers with music by the Mutton Busters

01/26/17 - the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers with music by the Mutton Busters

Great food, great music, great dancing, great friendship, a overall great night. With food by Rutz's BBQ & Catering, music by the Mutton Busters, dancing led by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers and the friendship of our members and guests the night could not have been a more enjoyable event. Tom Mack with the help of his wife Lesley began with a history or 1800's dancing. He explained the dance steps used in a specific dance then invited the attendees to join in - and that they did. The dance floor was kept full the whole evening.

I repeat - what a great event!



11/17/16 - The Great Cattle Drives of the Wild West (Virginia)

11/17/16
The Great Cattle Drives of the Wild West (Virginia)

Nancy Sorrells, pictured above, was the presenter at our November 17 meeting. The evening started with a brief business meeting conducted by President Dean Clatterbuck, featuring the election of officers for 2017. Program Director Jim Douglas then introduced Nancy who co-authored a book entitled Virginia's Cattle Story: The First Four Centuries. Nancy began with the arrival of cattle from the British Isles landing in Jamestown in 1620, the cows then adapting to feeding off of the grasses available in Virginia, and ending with their current day source of dairy and meat products. Nancy knowledge and enthusiasm made for a very interesting evening.



09/21/16 - New Market Remembers: growing up in the sixties

09/21/16
New Market Remembers: growing up in the sixties

President Dean Clatterbuck welcomes the audience of about 50 people who attended our annual "New Market Remembers" meeting. This year's topic, "growing up in the sixties", was presented via a slide show showing the town of New Market as it existed in the 60's featuring the hangouts and haunts of the teenagers of that time. Danny Rice led the panel of Lynda Estep and Jeryl Sellers who acted as the tour guides through the slideshow with frequent help from audience members.
I am sure all who attended had a very enjoyable reminiscent evening.



07/28/16 - Annual Picnic at the White House Farm Foundation, Page County

07/28/16 - Annual Picnic at the White House Farm Foundation, Page County

Chris Anderson, Director of the White House Farm Fundation, addresses a group of NMHS members and guests at the NMHS 2016 picnic meeting. The group, braving extremely threatening skies, is pictured behind the White House, built as a residence & Mennonite meeting house in 1760 by Martin Kauffman II.

After an extremely informative presentation on the history of the White House and a brief tour of the lower floor of the house the group moved to the barn where they enjoyed a "potluck picnic".



05/26/16 - Shenandoah Valley Minstrels

05/26/16 - Shenandoah Valley Minstrels

Well, you picked the wrong night to miss a NMHS meeting. The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels put on quite a show. The 7 member group, formed in 2009, entertained our 35 guests with songs from the civil war/Victorian era. Each song, introduced by a different group member, provided details as to the author, popularity, and any background information as to its purpose or influence. The hour and a half show was extremely well received and I guarantee that we will ask the Shenandoah Valley Minstrels for a return visit.



03/31/16 - From the Rhine to the Shenandoah

03/31/16 - From the Rhine to the Shenandoah

In the Shenandoah Valley, many settlers in the 18th and early 19th centuries were German-speaking immigrants from various political entities of the Rhineland, especially Alsace, the Palatinate, and several Swiss cantons. They brought with them a unique culture that left a permanent imprint on the Shenandoah and made major contributions to the development of a new "American" culture. Dr. Daniel Bly helped us explore several basic questions about these people: who were they, and why did they leave their European homelands? Why did they choose to settle in the Shenandoah Valley? What is the legacy of these early German pioneers?

It was an extremely interesting and enjoyable evening.



01/28/16 - An Evening with John Rose

01/28/16 - An Evening with John Rose

On Thursday evening, January 28, after a delicious buffet dinner, 75 guests were treated to a look at the world of cartooning by John Rose, pictured above describing the work behind one of his editorial cartoons. During his presentation he walked the group through the Clinton, Bush and Obama years by displaying editorial cartoons published during their administration and the thoughts behind the creation of each one. He also shared some cartoons on current presidential candidates. John is also the artist behind the Snuffy Smith/Barney Google cartoons and shared some of those character drawings with details behind the work involved in drawing a newspaper comic strip.

It was an extremely interesting and enjoyable evening.

11/19/15 - What Makes a Virginia Quilt?

11/19/15 - What Makes a Virginia Quilt?

Our November meeting featured Neva Hart, a retired quilt appraiser who spends her time researching Virginia's Quilt History.

Through the use of slides, Neva showed how different regions of the state of Virginia have developed different motifs. She explained how to identify Virginia quilts and quilts made in our own Shenandoah Valley. She also detailed how local history can be uncovered by examining the contents and style of each quilt. Those attending will benefit from her experience and should be able to identify a locally made quilt.

The evening ended with refreshments and much conversation among the 25 attendees.

09/24/15 - New Market Remembers - Our Churches

09/24/15 - New Market Remembers - Our Churches

Our September meeting featured presentations detailing the history of two of our local churches.

The Rev. Brent Hockema, pictured on the left above, has been the pastor at Smith Creek Regular Baptist Church since June 1, 2008. Brent shared the history of the church since its beginning in 1756.

Richard Harkness, member of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church, pictured on the right, explained the growth of the New Market Methodist Episcopal Church founded about 1832 to the present day "United" Methodist Church.

The evening concluded with refreshments and much conversation among the 35 attendees.

07/23/15 - Annual Picnic at Endless Caverns

07/23/15 - Annual Picnic at Endless Caverns



Paul Murphy shown explaining the relationships between the Colonel Brown family, prior longtime owners of Endless Caverns, and the Woodrow Wilson family to the 34 picnic attendees at Endless Caverns. Paul is researching the Wilson/Brown history for an upcoming book.
Paul is the owner of the Rosedale Inn near Endless caverns.

05/28/15 - Shenandoah Valley Apples

05/28/15 - Shenandoah Valley Apples



Scott Jost, associate professor of art at Bridgewater College, answers a question during the Q & A session after his presentation on Thursday evening, May 28. Scott read from the oral histories of apple growers who live and work in the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge regions of Virginia. His presentation also included color photographs of the apple growers' orchards and workplaces. Scott also placed Virginia's apple industry in historical context and shared stories about the process of collecting oral histories and making photographs for his book Shenandoah Valley Apples.

03/26/15 - The Good Old Days: They Were Terrible!

03/26/15 - The Good Old Days: They Were Terrible!



On Thursday evening, March 26, Harrisonburg author Greg Owen extended the theme examined by Otto Bettman in his classic 1974 book "The Good Old Days - They Were Terrible". Greg guided about 40 guests through 55 slides depicting life in the Shenandoah Valley during the post civil war era, 1865-1900. He explained why the "good old days" were only good for a privileged few and unrelentingly hard for most valley residents.

It was an enlightening evening with a good time had by all.

01/22/15 - Dinner and a Movie

01/22/15 - Dinner and a Movie




The scene to the left from "Field of Lost Shoes" depicts the VMI cadets marching to battle in New Market. On Thursday evening, January 22, 94 guests attended the NMHS "Dinner and A Movie" event at the Quality Inn in New Market. After a delicious buffet and short business meeting the guests viewed the 2014 film "Field of Lost Shoes". The film follows 7 VMI cadets on their journey to the Battle of New Market and their actions on the actual field of lost shoes.

It was an enjoyable evening and a good time was had by all.

11/20/14 - "What's a woman doing here?"

11/20/14 - "What's a woman doing here?"

On Thursday evening, November 20, about 50 attendees listened to Donna Neary's presentation entitled "What's a woman doing here?".
Donna, a historical artist, NMHS Charter Member, and retired Lt. Colonel, detailed her distinguished career as a combat and field artist for the United States Marine Corps.
Donna displayed numerous examples of her commercial and historical artwork from children's books and many national magazines.
She also displayed artwork from her visit to South Korea, north of the Arctic Circle and Somalia.

Further information about Donna including a portfolio of her work can be viewed at her website at donnaneary.com.

09/25/14 - New Market Refections

09/25/14 - New Market Reflections

On Thursday evening, September 25, NMHS held their 2nd annual New Market Reflections meeting at the New Market Community Center (the old New Market School). Pictured is NMHS Program Director Jim Douglas, acting as panel moderator, addressing the audience of 75+ NMHS members and visitors.
The panel members, left to right, are Janet Dellinger, Blair Dellinger, Allen Johnson, and Henry Buhl, a last minute substitute for Pat Brumback who was unable to attend.

It is easy to say that a good time was had by all.

Click HERE to play an audio recording of that event.

07/24/14 - Annual Picnic - Shenandoah Caverns

07/24/14 - Annual Picnic - Shenandoah Caverns

On Thursday evening, July 24, NMHS held their annual picnic meeting at Shenandoah Caverns. After a tour of the American Celebration on Parade float museum, and a historical overview of Shenandoah Caverns by Joe Proctor, the group of approximately 30 sat down to enjoy a delicious pot-luck picnic.

05/22/14 - "The French and lndian War in Shenandoah County: Life on the lnner Frontier, 1752-1766"

05/22/14 - "The French and lndian War in Shenandoah County: Life on the lnner Frontier, 1752-1766"

Patrick Murphy addresses the attendees at our May 22 meeting providing details from his book “The French and lndian War in Shenandoah County: Life on the lnner Frontier, 1752-1766”. There were in the Valley no pitched battles, no classic sieges of fortified places, no lines of men opposing one another. The victims of the conflict were not soldiers, but old men, farmers, pregnant women, and children. Indian raids into the County were frequent and often horrendous. This reminded readers of this earlier and important period in Shenandoah County.

03/27/14 - a visit to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation at the Lee-Jackson Building (Hotel)

03/27/14 - a visit to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation at the Lee-Jackson Building (Hotel)

Terry Heder, Director of Interpretation and Communications for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation(SVBF), addresses the attendees at our March 27 meeting at the Lee-Jackson Building (Hotel), the SVBF headquarters. Terry and Janice Hannah, Donor Relations Manager, shared their knowledge of the history of the Lee-Jackson Building then detailed the SVBF's current programs, future programs, and future plans for the Lee-Jackson.

01/30/14 - Annual Dinner Meeting -"Come in and have a seat and some pie: A Survey of Seats and Safes of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia"

01/30/14 - Annual Dinner Meeting -"Come in and have a seat and some pie: A Survey of Seats and Safes of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia"

Jeffrey Evans has been professionally auctioneering since he was 12 years old. Over the years he has developed a business auctioning and appraising many fine arts developed here in the Shenandoah Valley. He has a special interest and expertise in chairs made in the Shenandoah Valley in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. He has also developed a special knowledge of pie/food safes designed and built in the Shenandoah Valley. Jeffrey will share photos as well as stories about chairs and pie/food safes.

11/21/13 - Railroads in the Shenandoah Valley presented by Bob Cohen

11/21/13 - Railroads in the Shenandoah Valley presented by Bob Cohen

Bob Cohen is in the middle of his presentation to 77 attendees on the history of the railroads that ran and run through the Shenandoah Valley.

09/24/13 - Gettysburg National Military Park Bus Trip

09/24/13 - Gettysburg National Military Park Bus Trip

About 25 history buffs boarded a bus and left New Market about 7 o'clock for the Gettsyburg National Military Park. NMHS Board Director Greg Bair shared his knowledge of the Battle of Gettsyburg and the civil war in general and led us on a day long tour of the park. It was quite an experience hearing about the numerous battles and skirmishes from a veteran of many Gettysburg reenactments. After dinner at General Pickett's Buffet we headed back to New Market arriving about 9 o'clock ending a great bus trip.