The next meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Round Table will be Monday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m., at the County Administrative Center, 20 East Gay Street, Harrisonburg,VA. Please come and bring a friend.
Program: The Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and Its Future
In 1996, Congress designated eight counties in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as a National Heritage Area – the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District – which preserves and interprets the region’s significant Civil War battlefields and related historic sites.
For more than ten years, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation has gathered together a variety of partners and resources to see to the protection and interpretation of hallowed ground in the Valley. Chief executive officer, Keven M. Walker, will talk to us about the Foundation’s past successes and future challenges.
Biography: Kevin Walker
Keven Walker was appointed CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in May 2014. Walker came to the Foundation from the Antietam National Battlefield, where he served for 11 years as a Ranger and historian. During that time,Walker served as Cultural Resources Specialist and as the Acting Cultural Resources Program Manager.
At the Sharpsburg Battlefield, Walker was responsible for historic research, historic architectural history, preservation and restoration of historic structures, the survey and evaluation of historic sites, and long range multi-disciplinary preservation planning. He led teams in the preservation and restoration of Antietam’s historic structures and cultural landscapes. Walker serves as member of the National Park Service’s national advisory team on cultural resources and historic preservation. He is a member of the 2014 GOAL Academy class. The GOAL Academy is the National Park Service’s highly competitive Leadership program designed to develop Leaders for senior leadership positions. Edwin C. Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, stated that “Keven Walker’s work has been exemplary; ranking him with the best historic preservation professionals I have known since I began my career.”
Walker was formerly Executive Director of the Walker Foundation for Historic Preservation in Charles Town, West Virginia. In that capacity he researched, developed and guided hundreds of tours and programs. He began the restoration of two George Washington family plantation houses, organized community action groups to address preservation issues and advised land owners and businesses about the long term benefits of preservation and heritage tourism. Walker has appeared on several Maryland Public Television documentaries focusing on the Antietam battlefield as well as historic homes in Washington County, Maryland. He is the author of “Antietam: A Guide to the Landscape and Farmsteads,” published in 2010.