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Keepers of the knowledge


If you’re in the cafeteria at Stafford Hospital Center, wander down the adjacent hallway to see the Keepers of the Knowledge display.

The hospital is emphasizing its connections to Stafford County and Stafford’s history with a photo display created by the Stafford County Historical Society. Fourteen portraits feature the Keepers of the Knowledge.

The idea is based on an American Indian tradition and recognizes those who record, preserve and interpret county history. 

Alaric MacGregor, for example, is recognized as a descendant of two of Stafford’s early families. MacGregor, above, is also the two-time president of the society and an expert on Aquia Creek’s history. He also reconstructed Concord, one of Stafford’s earliest standing homes.  

Others photos in the display are of: D.P. Newton, Frank White Jr., Barbara Kirby, George Gordon, Retha Gambaro, Stephen Gambaro, Mary Cary Kendall, Marion Brooks Robinson, Homer Musselman, H. Stewart Jones, Jerrilynn MacGregor, Jane Conner and Albert Conner.  

Most of the photos are by Stephen Gambaro. Others are by Suzanne Carr Rossi and Marion Gambaro.