Published on July 29, 2021

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25th Anniversary Celebration of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District

James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center
Shenandoah University, Winchester

Saturday, September 25, 2021
Social Hour: 6:30pm. Dinner: 7:15pm

Join as we look back on 25 years of accomplishment with a star-studded red carpet event that will feature fine food, elegant music, and special guests and dignitaries, including Congressman Ben Cline, former Congressman Frank Wolf, and our keynote speaker, legendary Civil War historian Dr. James M. McPherson.

Tickets are $25 for individuals and $40 for couples, and full tables can also be purchased.

An Evening to Remember

The evening’s events will include:

• A red carpet entrance
• A social hour with hors d’oeuvres and beverages beginning at 6:30 pm.
• A silent auction featuring an array of special items
• Music by the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Collective and concert pianist Carter Stevens
• An elegant dinner beginning at 7:15 pm.
• A special program featuring opening remarks by Congressman Ben Cline.
• A keynote address by renowned Civil War historian Dr. James M. McPherson
• A champagne toast with the cutting of the NHD’s 25th Anniversary birthday cake.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event. Come help us celebrate all that you have helped us do – all that you have done to help preserve the Valley and tell its story. We hope all of the National Historic District family will be able to join us… all of our friends, members, supporters, and partners. We’re celebrating YOU because you are the National Historic District.

To Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $25 per person and $40 for a couple.  To purchase tickets, click the button below or call 540-740-4545.  Full tables can also be purchased. For more information, call 540-740-4545.



Music by the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Collective and concert pianist Carter Stevens

The Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Collective, which features trombone, piano, bass, and drums, are members of the Shenandoah University’s prestigious Jazz Ensemble, which was founded in the late 1950s as one of the first collegiate jazz ensembles in the country and has a long tradition of excellence.

Concert pianist Carter Stevens is experienced in a variety of genres including jazz, classical, funk and rock. He has performed in many settings throughout the Mid Atlantic region. Past performances include the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, An Die Musik and a wide variety of private functions in venues such as the National Press Club. He specializes in jazz and cocktail standards – music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and other great composers of that era.

Special Guests and Dignitaries

We’ll be joined by special guests, dignitaries, and some of the founders of the National Historic District – including former Congressman Frank Wolf. First elected to the United States Congress in 1980, Congressman Wolf served 17 terms as the representative of the 10th District in Virginia before his retirement in 2015. During his tenure, he co-sponsored the bill that created the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, and remained an invaluable supporter of the District and its work.

Keynote Speaker Dr. James M. McPherson

Keynote speaker Dr. James M. McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History emeritus at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1962. He received his PhD in 1963 from Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with C. Vann Woodward. McPherson’s works mostly focus on the American Civil War and Reconstruction, including Battle Cry of Freedom, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and For Cause and Comrades, which won the Lincoln Prize in 1998. In addition to serving as president of the American Historical Association, he has been president of Protect Historic America and the Society of American Historians. Dr. McPherson was an early and steadfast supporter of the efforts to preserve the Civil War battlefields of the Shenandoah Valley and to create the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District.



Thank You to Our Sponsors

A special thanks to the generous sponsors of our 25th Anniversary Celebration, including:

Gold Level Table Sponsor
James & Roni Wilkins, Jr.

Silver Level Table Sponsors
Albert & Jacqueline Alling
Childs Burden
Tom & Lesley Mack
Ben & Jenna Marchi
Cdr. Craig Morin
James & Brenda Pearman, Jr.
Mark & Karen Perreault
Col. Hugh Sproul
Craig & Belinda Stevens

Bronze Level Table Sponsors
Harry & Trish Ridgeway

Silent Auction Sponsors
Birdsong Pleasure Garden
John & Georga Bracken
Bryce Resort
Childs Burden
George Washington Hotel
Luray Caverns Country Club
Massanutten Resort
Cdr. Craig Morin
New Market Battlefield Military Museum
James & Brenda Pearman, Jr.
Harry & Trish Ridgeway
Mike Robinson
Rock Harbor Golf Course
Shenandoah Valley Civil War Tours
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
Shenvalee Golf Resort
White Oak Lavender Farm & Purple Wolf Vineyard

Corporate Sponsor
Winchester Printers


And you can spend the whole day with us. We’re also presenting these two special battlefield events leading up to the spectacular evening gala:

Dedication of the Maine Monument
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 1:00 pm

The dedication of a new Union monument in honor of the 2,000 soldiers from Maine who fought at the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19, 1864.  The program is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, click here.

Tour of the McCann Property (Second Winchester)
Saturday, September 25, 2021 – 2:30 pm

The first-ever opportunity to tour the McCann Property, which was at the heart of the climactic action during the Second Battle of Winchester (fought on June 13-15, 1863). The tour will be led by Scott Mingus, co-author (with Eric Wittenberg) of The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory that Opened the Door to Washington. The tour is free, but space is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, click here.