June 15, 2015

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Local Sesquicentennial Committees in the Valley have been presenting 150th Anniversary programs since the summer of 2009, when the Valley began its commemoration with a special kick-off event in Winchester. Since then, local committees have presented programs such as:

Special events such as Civil War Weekend, “Our Perilous Condition” (the debate on secession), “Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the State of the Union,” “Old Virginia Needs Assistance: A Civil War Commemoration,” and the Shenandoah Moonlight Ball – among many others
New brochures such as “Caring for the Wounded” (Shenandoah County) and “Discover Page County’s unknown stories…the American Civil War” (Page County)
Special tours covering both the battlefront and home front experience during the war
Research into Civil War buildings and sites.
Special reenactments, living history events, heritage days, and period balls
New Civil War Trails signs and state historical markers
Youth education programs, kids camps, and camp-outs
The Sesquicentennial History Mobile
The “An American Turning Point” panel exhibit
Civil War 150 Legacy (Document Digitization) Project scanning events
These programs will only grow dramatically in coming years, as the commemoration moves into the 150th Anniversary of the days when the war came to the Valley with a vengeance – beginning with Stonewall Jackson’s famous 1862 Valley Campaign, which will be commemorated next year. Be sure to check the calendar of events on this website, and the Shenandoah Valley regional page here, to learn more about the host of programs being offered in the Valley.

If you’d like to find out about the Valley’s local committees and their work directly, a list of the committees and their contact persons is below.

Winchester-Frederick County Committee
Sally C. Coates
Executive Director, Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitor Bureau
(540) 542-1326 email

Clarke County Committee
Bob Stieg
CEO, The Clermont Charitable Trust
(540) 837-2790 email

Warren County Committee
Patrick Farris
Executive Director, Warren Heritage Society
(540) 636-0702, ext. 11 email

Shenandoah County Committee
Natalie Wills
Director of Tourism and Marketing, Shenandoah County
(540) 459-6227 email

Page County Committee
Rod Graves
Vice-President, Luray Caverns Corporation
(540) 743-6551 email
Committee website

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Committee
Harrisonburg: Brenda Black
Tourism Manager, City of Harrisonburg
(540) 432-8935 email
Rockingham Co.: Cari Orebaugh
Economic Development & Tourism Specialist, Rockingham County
(540) 432-3321 email

Highland County Committee
Carolyn H. Pohowsky
Executive Director, Highland County Chamber of Commerce
(540) 468-2550 email

Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta Committee
Staunton: Sheryl Wagner
Director of Tourism Staunton Convention & Visitors Bureau
(540) 332-3865 email
Waynesboro: Katie McElroy
Tourism Director, City of Waynesboro
(540) 942-6644 email
Augusta County: Nancy Sorrells
Board of Supervisors, Augusta County
(540) 377-6390 email
Committee’s blog: www.valleycivilwar150.wordpress.com

Lexington-Rockbridge Committee
Jean Clark
Director of Tourism, Rockbridge Regional Tourism
(540) 463-3777 email