Past is Prologue

Clint Schemmer writes about history, heritage preservation and the American Civil War.  On Facebook: Past is Prologue  On Twitter: @prologuepast  ContactEmail Clint or call 540/374-5424.

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Orange to host Civil War project

The Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission and the Library of Virginia have partnered to create an online collection of Civil War and early Reconstruction documents that to date have not been available to researchers. What are being sought are original documents that reflect the social, political, military, economic and religious life of individuals and families.

On Friday, July 15th, this statewide project comes to Orange County, with archivists and volunteers working at various locations through Sunday, July 17th, in what may be an unprecedented stint in one locality.

Make sure that precious history isn’t lost to future generations!

Residents are encouraged to bring original family materials to be included in the Library of Virginia’s digitization project for the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, via the websites of the library and the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission. Documents will be scanned by archivists and immediately returned to their owners.

The Library of Virginia team will be in eastern Orange County:

On Friday, July 15, from 1–4 and 6–9 p.m., in Lake of the Woods at the Holcomb Building, 102 Lakeview Parkway. Contact Ken Tillman at 540/972-3981 or

At 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, Orange County Historical Society, 130 Caroline St., Orange; contact Patty Parmer at 540/661-2271 or

At 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, Germanna Foundation Visitors’ Center, 2670 Germanna Highway. Contact Ken Tillman (see above).