Published on November 20, 2017

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Saturday, January 20, 2018, 5pm-9:45pm
Mimslyn Inn, Luray, Virginia

Join us for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation’s Annual Meeting and the 2018 Preservation Ball. The evening will include:

  • Annual Meeting with featured speaker Col. Keith E. Gibson, SVBF CEO Keven Walker, and the
    presentation of the SVBF’s prestigious annual awards.
  • Social Hour and Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages
  • The Preservation Ball – Presented by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers and featuring music by Marshall & Company

The cost will be $35 for individual tickets, $60 for couples. The fee goes towards SVBF membership; by attending, you join or renew your membership. Advance tickets are required. Register by contacting Kirsten Kauling at 540-740-4545 or

Annual Meeting – 5pm

Featured speaker Col. Keith E. Gibson will speak on “A Place for Preservation in the Future.”

SVBF CEO Keven Walker will look back at the preservation successes of 2017 – and preview the SVBF’s exciting agenda for 2018.

The SVBF’s annual awards will be presented to:

  • Carrington Williams Preservation Award: Harry and Trish Ridgeway
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Jack Owens
  • Chairman’s Award: Robert T. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul Hawke (American Battlefield Protection Program)
  • Graves Family Philanthropic Leadership Award: Rex and Helen Ritchie

Social Hour and Reception – 6pm

Between the meeting and the ball, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages (cash bar) while socializing with other battlefield preservation supporters.

Preservation Ball – 7pm

Presented by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers (SVCWED), and featuring music by Marshall & Company. Semi-formal. Previous dance experience not required. Come to join in the dances or to watch and enjoy the music!

The preservation ball is sponsored by Luray Caverns, Tom and Lesley Mack (SVCWED), and Eric and Kim Atkins (the Luray Fudge Company).

Lodging Special

The Mimslyn Inn is offering a special room rate of $99 – including breakfast for two – if you say you’re staying for the program.  (The regular rate is $179.)  Availability will be limited.  To book your room, or for more information, call the Mimslyn at (540) 743-5105.

To Register

For Annual Meeting ONLY ($10)

For Annual Meeting AND Preservation Ball ($35/single or $60/couple)

Or you can contact Kirsten Kauling at 540-740-4545 or