EMail: nmhs@newmarkethistoricalsociety.org

PROGRAMS

The New Market Historical Society begins the year with its annual dinner meeting on the 4th Thursday in January. It then meets at 7:00 pm the fourth Thursday of March, May, July and September as well as the third Thursday in November. The July meeting is a "potluck" picnic held at a local site of historical importance. The meetings are usually held in the New Market Town Council Chambers at 9418 John Sevier Rd. in New Market, Virginia although sometimes we meet at nearby historic locations. Speakers discuss topics of local historical interest and refreshments are provided. Our meetings are open to the general public and except for our January dinner meeting are "free".

You can view programs scheduled by other area historical organizations by clicking HERE.

Thursday, May 25 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Genetic Genealogy: What Can DNA Testing Tell Me About My Ancestry? presented by Dr. John Butler

We inherit DNA from our parents. This genetic material defines our physical characteristics but can also be used to understand our heritage and to connect family lineages. Dr. Butler's presentation will review what can and cannot be done with DNA testing and review the basics of genetic markers used today in genetic genealogy tests by companies such as Ancestry, FamilyTree DNA, and 23andMe. Dr. Butler is a leading expert on forensic DNA profiling.

Guests are invited!


Thursday July 27 - 5:15 Talk 6:30 Picnic then tour

Virginia Museum of the Civil War & New Market Battlefield State Historical Park

At 5:15 PM Site Director, Troy Marshall, will share his prospective about the ties between the town of New Market and the Battle of New Market during the Civil War up to the present day. Then a 6:30 "potluck" picnic followed by a tour the grounds on your own and/or Hall of Valor with insights from Troy. There is no admission fee for NMHS members and guests that evening. Join us as we rediscover events that happened and are still happening so close to home.

Guests are invited!

 

Thursday, September 28 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

Pitfalls and Brick Walls: Tips the Genealogy Professionals Use - presented by Katie Derby

Many genealogy research pitfalls can be sidestepped and brick walls broken down with just a little insider knowledge. Katie will help you avoid the most common research mistakes and let you in on some of the most successful tips for overcoming those frustrating dead ends. Katie Derby is a professional Genealogist with a degree in Family History/Genealogy from Brigham Young University. She interned in the Local History/Genealogy reading room of The Library of Congress. She currently serves as the director of the Culpeper Family History Center and is an adjunct faculty member at BYU-Idaho in the Family History/Genealogy Department.

Guests are invited!


Thursday, November 16 - 7:00 New Market Town Council Chambers

In This Land: The Lyndhurst Saga - a documentary film presented by Greg Owen

Camp Sherando Lake was occupied during the depression by the Civilian Conservations Corps who helped build the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. Abandoned in 1942 with the call-up of men for the armed services, the camp was reopened in August 1944 as Camp Lyndhurst and became a compound for the prisoners of war. Introduced by Greg Owen with a questions and answers session after viewing the film.

Guests are invited!

 
  • New Market Town Hall

    9418 John Sevier Road.

    Unless otherwise specified, our meetings are held in the Town Council Chamber at the New Market Town Hall.

  • Directions to Town Hall

    You can get driving directions to Town Hall from any location using Google Maps by clicking the map above.

  • PROGRAMS for 2017

    We are actively seeking programs for our 2017 meetings. Program content is unlimited as long as it carries a "history" theme and is not limited to local, New Market, Shenandoah Valley, and Virginia areas.