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Central Rappahannock Heritage Center 
A place that loses its history loses its soul
Message From The Chairman
Cursive writing skills among those under age 30 have declined dramatically in the past couple of decades. Many schools nowadays emphasize printing and keyboarding skills over cursive handwriting. This poses a huge dilemma for libraries and archival institutions. Who will decipher the millions of documents (Presidential correspondence, legislative acts, diaries, journals, war-time letters, even jokes from popular comedians) that exist only in cursive form? Partnerships between archival institutions and teachers at local school and college levels are re-energizing the drive to enlist young people's involvement in "translating" these documents.
Perhaps an opportunity exists for a local teacher to partner with The Heritage Center in having students decipher a document related to a person or time period being studied. Even very young students who transcribe a soldier's letter to his family or a future President's notes about a farmer's land feel a connection across the years. Contact us if interested!  
Note that The Center is closed during the 4th of July week (July 2-4, Tuesday-Thursday). We open again on July 9 (Tuesday) and resume our usual schedule to receive visitors and telephone/online inquiries. Have a happy, safe July 4th!

Barbara Barrett, Chairman
The Heritage Center 
Welcome New Members

 Florence Barnick
The Free Lance Star Jaquelyn Ellis

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 over 45 volunteers.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at The Center, please email Donna McCague.

Looking Back   

Looking back is what the Heritage Center is all about.   May and June, means graduation and for many people, the good old days. Some schools have abandoned yearbooks for social media like Face Book, but many have not. Yearbooks are photos and memories to be looked at years later, to remember past times.

The Center has The Battlefield from Mary Washington, The Rappahannoc from Fredericksburg High School, The Monroe Echo from James Monroe, The Indian Legend from Falmouth High School (later Stafford High School) and The Trail from Spotsylvania High School.

The photos are fun (remember the hairstyles and glasses from the 1950s and 1960s). Nearly all Mary Washington College grads of the 1950s wore a single strand of pearls for their senior pictures. The dedications are timeless, "Sue, Sure has been nice knowing you. Good luck next year and have a good time. Russ '63". Imagine lists of "Best-Looking," "Most Likely to Succeed," "Most Popular," "Most Polite," and "Best-Dressed" in this climate of correctness? The senior class's Last Will and Testament: Christine B. gives her glamorous figure to Mary M. and Peggy H. leaves her slim waistline and figure to Marjorie O.
There are familiar family names: Eustace, Griffis, Decatur, Curtis, Mountjoy, Cropp, Embrey, Garrison, McWhirt and Shackelford.

Because the area was small, it wasn't unusual to see ads like "Paul's Grill and Crystal Ballroom, 2 miles south of Fredericksburg." No phone number, no address. Everyone knew Paul's. Or, "Phone 9166-R, Route 1, Compliments of Ralph's Grill, Tasty Food, Open from 6 until 2." If you didn't know where on Route 1, at least you could call for directions.

Old yearbooks are showcases of the past. Not only are they full of memories, they are also research tools. If you have old yearbooks from the central Rappahannock area and would like to donate them, the Heritage Center would be happy to have them. Your mementos could become part of the area's archive.

Beth Daly
Volunteer, The Heritage Center

Collections Report

Newly acquired collections include:

  • Two photographs of the Civilian Conservation Corp camp at the Wilderness, circa 1935.
  • Two copies of photographs of the Liberty Baptist Church, one showing members of the congregation, both prior to 1941.
  • Manuscript on history of Zion Baptist Church, covering the period 1859 to 2018.
  • Circa 1940 postcard of the Chatham Bridge.
  • Two advertisements for the Pitts Colonial Theatre , 1932.

John Reifenberg
Collections Manager, The Heritage Center

Can you identify this photo?
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Thank you to Ellen Richardson who identified the following women from the Spotsylvania Women's club.

From the left:  Mrs Wilbur Wallace (Eleanor),  ?,  ?, Mildred Willets White, Mrs Roy Turnley (Betty), Katharine Young Seay and  Mrs. Hulvey

Can you help identify these gentlemen from Reedy Baptist Church on this 1970 "Severance of Ties" parade float?
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The Poole Collection

Please contact Sharon Null at snull@crhcarchives.org with information on this picture
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  
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$29.70 for members 
$33.00 for non-members  

Daisy Turner's Kin
An African American Family Saga
Jane C. Beck 
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Fredericksburg Memories
A Pictorial History of the 1800s through the 1930s

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