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Daisy Turner's   Kin

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The Circle
Newly Acquired  Collections
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Central Rappahannock Heritage Center 
A place that loses its history loses its soul
Message From The Chairman
The 8th Annual Rappahannock Repast was held on Sunday, October 7, at beautiful Braehead Manor. In spite of the unseasonably warm weather, all were grateful that at least it wasn't raining! Dori Farrell and her talented staff served delicious food and special thanks goes to Paradox Plus for providing lively music during the event and Westwood Florist for their beautiful floral arrangements. Once again, innkeeper Mary Windsor Cline and events coordinator Deborah Johnson went above and beyond to make our guests feel truly welcome.
Many, many thanks to our corporate sponsor:
and to our individual sponsors:
Jack Apperson
Barbara Barrett
Jon and Meredith Beckett
Dan Bender
E. Gerald "G" Brown
Lucy and Wayne Harman
Clinton and Maureen Jones
Beverley King
Donna and Nat McCague
Kitty Farley and Vic Ramoneda
Ray and Susan Shackleford
The fundraising committee tried something a bit different this year: including a silent auction in the afternoon's festivities. We could not have included this event without the generous donations to the auction, provided by the following businesses and individuals:
Jacqueline Alexander
Doug Cooper
Jeannie Duris
Kitty Farley and Vic Ramoneda
Fredericksburg Hauntings
Jewel Box
Steve Kelly
La Petite Auberge
Pam McLeod
Amy Olney
R&R Antiques
Susan Shackleford
Billy Withers
Because of our sponsors' generous support, in addition to donations and ticket sales, The Center was able to keep 100% of the proceeds from the event. The net amount was $7,881.80 and all of the money will be used to continue The Center's mission to preserve our local history. On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the volunteers at the Center, I'd like to express our sincere appreciation to all who sponsored, donated and purchased tickets!
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, please note that The Center will be open normal hours on Tuesday, November 20, but will be closed on Wednesday, November 21, and Thursday, Nov. 22, so that our volunteers can enjoy time with their families and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Meredith Beckett
Chairman, The Heritage Center   
Welcome New Members
Robert Robey 
Howard Rice  
Heritage Center memberships support the important work done by The Center.
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center is a non-profit, all volunteer archives whose mission is to preserve historically valuable material of the region and make it available to the public for research. 
Please join us as part of the Heritage Center's preservation team.  As a  member, you will be helping to preserve our priceless local history.
Click here to become a member today!

Thank you for your support,
The Heritage Center
The Heritage Center Volunteers

The important preservation work of The Heritage Center would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers.

The Center currently has a staff of 53 volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Center, please email Donna McCague.

The Heritage Center Volunteer Spotlight

Arlene Rager
Hometown: Patton, Pennsylvania 
What brought you to Fredericksburg, and how long have you lived here?

I've lived in Virginia since 1966 but came to Fredericksburg in 2003. My husband and I decided to retire here so we would be close to our grandchildren. As it happened, my daughter and her husband moved to Winchester taking the grandchildren with them. We stayed in Fredericksburg because we like the people and the area.
Why did you choose to volunteer at The Heritage Center?             

In 2005 I began a part-time job at the Spotsylvania Circuit Court. I worked three days a week­-Tuesday through Thursday. What I thought would be a short stint with the Circuit Court turned out to be 10 years. I visited The Heritage Center one Saturday with friends and thought it would be a great place to volunteer but was still working. The day after I left my position at the court, I came to see Judy Chaimson about volunteering.
What project are you currently working on?

I am currently entering information from the Caroline County Ended Papers. I also help researchers who come to The Heritage Center.
How do you like to spend your free time?  
I like to spend my free time working with my rescue dog Daisy and my two cats Tigger and Jessica. My other interests are sewing, crocheting, knitting, and gardening. Plus I look forward to volunteering at the Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  
New Pictorial History Book

The Heritage Center, in collaboration with the Free Lance-Star, The Fredericksburg Area Museum and the UMW/Simpson Library, will be  producing a new pictorial history book titled "Fredericksburg Memories: A Pictorial History of the 1800s through the 1930s".  
There will be a photo scanning session at The Center on Thursday, November 8 from 11a.m. to 1p.m.  The public is invited to bring their personal, original photos (no photocopies or newspaper clippings) to be scanned for consideration of being included in the book.  Photos must have been taken between 1800 and 1939 in the city of Fredericksburg, or the counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George and Caroline.  Photos will be scanned on-site and given right back to the owners.  
To have your photos scanned, please fill out a photo submission form for each photo you are submitting.  The submission forms can be downloaded at Fredericksburg.PictorialBook.com.  Please have these forms filled out before arriving to the scanning session.  Limit 10 photos per family.
One Hundred Years Ago   

What was happening 100 years ago in the central Rappahannock area? It was a momentous time, not just locally, but nationwide, even worldwide.

First, World War I was officially over. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, November 11, 1918, hostilities were declared officially ended and an armistice was signed. No more of our troops would be lost or wounded; those who survived would be coming home. The War Memorial at George and Barton Streets commemorates those who sacrificed in the "Great War," along with those in prior and subsequent wars. When you come to The Center at 900 Barton Street, visit the War Memorial across the street. The War Memorial records are housed at The Heritage Center. At St. George's Episcopal Church, a special banner with one gold star and fifty blue stars was hung above the chancel. The gold star honored Douglas H. Knox, the first casualty from Fredericksburg. The blue stars represented the fifty other young men from Fredericksburg who served. At Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site), a window commemorates Dr. Urbane Bass, an African American doctor who was fatality wounded in France.

A second event, more local in nature, was the opening of Dahlgren on October 16, 1918. It provided, and still does, state-of-the-art weapons technology and testing. It was chosen for its remote location and as a suitable place to test long-range naval guns. Many families came through The Depression with jobs and financial security because of Dahlgren.

Finally, the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 or the Spanish Flu. Local papers don't provide much information, the illness touched many families. The disease was most devastating to the young and healthy. Thomas Knox, brother of Douglas, was a victim. The flu attacked the respiratory system, sickening victims for several weeks. When it became pneumonia, as it often did, it proved fatal. There were no antibiotics until the 1940s. Warren Farmer's oral history recounts his experience with the flu.

Visit the Center and learn what else was happening in the Rappahannock area in 1918.

Beth Daly
Volunteer, The Heritage Center

Newly Acquired Collections

   Acquired collections for the month include: 
  • Photographs: the 1942 flood; a nice 1938 image of a young caddy at the Fredericksburg Country Club; several of a 1947 children's event at Kenmore; and several 1940's images of the donor
  • An issue of Fredericksburg Underground
  • Photos from the 1930's:  one of Maury Field; several of Ulman's Fine Fashions; and one of the Beth Shalom Temple
  • 2000-2001 records of a locally held event known as the Mid-Western Picnic
  • Records from the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad beginning in 1941
  • Ladies Memorial Association records from the early 2000's
  • Records from the Friendship Baptist Church in Falmouth; records and photos from the Fredericksburg Baptist Church
  • A 1938 edition of the College Heights Echo, including photographs; obituaries and other news clippings
John Reifenberg
Collections Manager, The Heritage Center  
Can you identify this photo?
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James Monroe High School, football team linemen, 1982

The Hicks Family Collection
Row 1 (L-R) Terry White, Darnell Parker, John Jackson, Boyd Carter, Chris Sullivan, Rommel Turner
Row 2 (L-R) Michael Comstock, Tim Cannady, Charles Willis, Tom Baker, Curtis Whitticar, Mark Geslock, James McNeil, Jasper Williams
Row 3 (L-R) Chris Mills, Michael Whitticar, Chris Edwards
Thank you to Virginia Johnson, Joe Lanford and Barbara Willis who helped identify the linemen.
The Haney family, Spotsylvania County; Undated 
The Cooper Collection 
Please contact Sharon Null at snull@crhcarchives.org 
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The Heritage Center gladly provides research services.  Please contact the center for rates.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 
10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturdays by appointment
Please call to schedule during weekday business hours
900 Barton Street #111
Fredericksburg, VA
(540) 373-3704 

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The Circle Unbroken: Civil War Letters of the Knox Family of Fredericksburg  
On sale now at the Heritage Center 
$29.70 for members 
$33.00 for non-members  

Daisy Turner's Kin
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck 
On sale now at the Heritage Center 

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