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Central Rappahannock
Heritage Center Newsletter
A place that loses its history loses it soul
Volume 7, Issue 5
May 2017
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Message From The Chairman

May is Preservation Month. For 20 years, The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center's mission has been to preserve historically valuable material of the region and make it available to the public for research.  Our entire staff takes very seriously the Center's "tag line": A Place That Loses Its History Loses Its Soul.
My message this month is brief, but in next month's newsletter I hope to have some exciting news about the Center as it continues its mission of preservation in the next decade.
I'd like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to those of you who had the strength and determination to accept the challenges of motherhood.  Mother's Day is a time to honor women, as well as to think about legacies, both personal and societal.  Throughout history, mothers have had a huge role in building and maintaining family connections.  So thanks to all the Moms out there for being the caretakers of family history and passing it along to the next generations.

Meredith Beckett
CRHC Chairman  

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Thank you for your support,

The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center

The History of Mother's Day

May is about many things - graduations, Memorial Day and Mother's Day. Mother's Day was started in the early twentieth century by West Virginian, Anna Jarvis, to honor her pacifist mother, who nursed soldiers of both sides during the Civil War, it has evolved. Miss Jarvis intended that family members hand write letters to their mothers expressing their love and appreciation. She trademarked "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day" in 1912. She had hoped it would become a national holiday, instead, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a Mother's Day proclamation, as have most presidents since. By the 1920s, Miss Jarvis began boycotting Mother's Day, threatening to sue companies like Hallmark Cards that she felt had usurped and commercialized the celebration for financial gain. She was arrested for demonstrating at a candy makers' convention in Philadelphia in 1925. Miss Jarvis aside, the Heritage Center has examples of greeting cards, as well as lovingly handwritten letters for many occasions, including Mother's Day. Cards have changed over the years. Once, a sentimental card and perhaps flowers and candy were considered appropriate and adequate gifts for Mother's Day. Contrast that with today's when the card is only the beginning. If mother is health-conscious and watching her weight, she'd probably prefer a weekend at a spa, a gym membership or a massage. Other mothers, might prefer scrap-booking equipment, a gift certificate for skydiving, a hot air balloon ride, or a new kayak. If dad gets roped into the celebration, it might mean a weekend, or even a week, at the beach or the mountains; at the very least, an elegant brunch or dinner at a romantic (and expensive restaurant). Times have changed.

  Courtesy of the Stearns Collection
(click on images to enlarge)

To revisit a simpler time, come to the Center and see cards and letters from the past. Don't forget Father's Day, June 18.

Beth Daly 
CRHC Member
Update to March Newsletter

People read our newsletter.  Sam Perry, Jr. discovered an omission in the March edition.  William F. Liebenow and Mary Virginia Eastburn had a fourth child, Edith, who married Charles Lewis.  Thank you Sam.  Upon further investigation, there was also a fifth child, Mary Virginia, who died in 1925 when she was six years old.

Beth Daly 
CRHC Member

Newly Acquired Collections

Acquired collections for the month include: 
  • Additions to the Vestry Minutes of St. George's
  • Roberson family genealogy
  • News article from The Daily Star covering a speech by A. C. Wallace given to the United Daughters of the Confederacy
  • Master Gardener photos, correspondence, newsletters, planning committee notes & programs
  • Miscellaneous photographs and booklets
  • Copies of Gaymon photographs


John Reifenberg
CRHC Collections Manager
Can you help identify this photo?

Please help identify these people on the 1956 Union High School May Day Float.
Courtesy of the Simmons Collection.
(click on photo to enlarge)

Please contact Sharon Null at

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 
You can also purchase the book online from the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation
   (click on image to order online)