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Central Rappahannock Heritage Center 
A place that loses its history loses its soul
Message From The Chairman
The good news is, despite The Heritage Center being closed to the public indefinitely, we are able to respond to your research requests and other inquiries and to receive your collections. It may take a little longer than usual, but it will happen. So we invite your business. A few senior staff separately go to The Center each week to maintain operations and serve you. How grateful we are for these dedicated volunteers!
In March I announced CRHC's receipt of a Duff McDuff Green Fund grant for a new copier. After earlier delivery dates cancelled because of the virus, the copier was recently installed and linked to all computers. It won't get the workout initially expected at this time but staff report favorably on its ease of use and quality of images. Thanks to the Duff Green Fund and the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River.
And thanks also to the Rowe III Family Legacy Fund grant received last year from the Community Foundation for general operating support. The money enabled The Center to purchase a new scanner and its own camera last month and to support some earlier internet upgrades. We are so appreciative of the flexibility this type of grant provides!
CRHC's annual meeting is scheduled for September 15 at 7 pm. In the downtown Fredericksburg library theater room. However, if the library is not open then, we will hold a virtual meeting. More details will be forthcoming in late August, so stay tuned.

Barbara Barrett, Chairman
The Heritage Center 

Welcome New Members 
Teresa D'Orazio

Janet Sutton


Heritage Center memberships support the important work done by The Center.
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center is a non-profit, all-volunteer archive 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

Jon and Meredith Beckett

Lucy and Wayne Harman

Donna and Nat McCague

Hallberg & O'Malley Financial Group
Joseph P. O'Malley

Kitty Farley and Vic Ramoneda

Jim & Betsy Greene

Barbara H. Cecil

Barbara Barrett

Ben Hicks

To become a Heritage Center Sponsor, please visit our website.  If you have any questions, please contact The Heritage Center at (540) 373-3704.
One Hundred Years

August 18th marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Women had been voting in state and local elections in some states for decades, but not in national elections. Women could now vote in national elections in all states. Good thing, because Virginia did not ratify until 1952. By then, Virginia women not only voted, they ran for office and were elected.

Just north of our area, the facility once known as the Lorton Reformatory, was the location where suffragettes were held after being arrested for protesting in Washington, DC. The women went on a hunger strike and were force fed. The prison, now the Workhouse Arts Center, is used for performing arts, exhibitions and education. Most of the credit for this transformation goes to the late Irma Clifton (1942 - 2019), a Falmouth resident who worked as property manager at the prison. Irma realized the importance of the history, fought to preserve the solid brick buildings and lived to see it become an innovative community space.

Although our area was not a hotbed of suffragism, women did participate. In 1943, an attorney, Dorothy Vaughn McCormick Powell (1893 - 1969) ran for State delegate. She lost by only 52 votes. Over time, women have made their marks. Residents have elected women to their boards of supervisors, the city council and school boards. Fredericksburg currently has a woman mayor, Mary Katherine Greenlaw and a Commonwealth's Attorney, LaBravia Jenkins.

We've come a long way since it was news when women registered to vote. In the weeks following the ratification of the 19th Amendment, local papers published the names of the women who had registered and kept a running count. An unsubstantiated story was that the Stafford County Registrar refused to allow women to register. If anyone has any documentation of this, let us know.

Now women voters make up over 50 percent of the registered voters and tend to vote more than their male counterparts. It will be interesting to see if this holds true in the upcoming elections.

Beth Daly
Volunteer, The Heritage Center

Collections Update

Estes and Norris, May, 1944

The story of Sargent Norris G. Musselman came to us in an unusual way. The collection of photographs and news clippings arrived in The Center mail unsolicited; sent through the kindness of nearby resident Cecelia Stowe.
As a resident of Chatham Heights, this WW II soldier's life journey took him to the Panama Canal Zone where he saw service as a utilities mechanic. Sadly, one early evening while returning to his duty station, his water craft was overpowered by heavy seas and he drowned. Initially buried in Corozal Cemetery, Panama on April 10, 1945, he was reinterred in the Ramoth Baptist Church Cemetery in Stafford, Va.  From the photographs and documents in this collection, we can see that his life touched many people; indeed, even reaching across the years to Mrs. Stowe.  And through her, to us.

How did this come about? Some years ago, Mrs. Stowe wandered into an antique shop in Richmond and saw something that touched her deeply. It was a "scrapbook" holding the photographs and news clippings detailing the passing of young Sgt. Musselman. Her initial idea was to find the family of this soldier and donate the collection to them. Years passed, lives changed and happenstance intervened. She never got the opportunity. However, her desire never waned in the hopes that Sgt. Mussleman's story would be shared and him not forgotten. Through her generosity and that of our donors, members, sponsors, and the volunteers at The Center, his piece of history will forever be remembered, along with so many others.

John Reifenberg
Collections Manager

The Heritage Center gladly provides research services.  Please contact The Center for rates.
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There will be no volunteers available to answer the phone.

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 

Fredericksburg Memories
A Pictorial History of the 1800s through the 1930s

On sale now at The Heritage Center

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