Join us September 14 for the pinnacle "50 Years of Virginia is for Lovers" event at the Floyd Center for the Arts
We are saddened to announce the deaths of two dedicated Historical Society officers: Margaret Ann Smith, parliamentarian and John Graham, second Vice President
IN MEMORY OF MARGARET ANN SMITH
Whereas: Ms. Margaret Ann Smith was a community treasure with a varied and vivid knowledge of Floyd County history; and Whereas: She loved history and promoted the need for having it recorded and saved for the future; and Whereas: Margaret supported the Floyd County Historical Society with her generous monetary contributions along with her time and energy; and Whereas: Margaret served in several elected positions during her 25 years of Floyd County Historical Society Membership, including Vice President and parliamentarian; and Whereas: She was an art teacher in the public schools and possessed an innate artistic ability in painting; and Whereas: Margaret collected Floyd antiques and researched Floyd’s heritage, especially Floyd war information and furniture makers; and Whereas: Margaret promoted and provided many special exhibits at the Floyd County Historical Museum; and Whereas: She enjoyed being a volunteer docent and sharing the background of the displays.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that, in official tribute, we the members of the Floyd County Historical Society, Inc. respectfully honor the memory of Ms. Margaret Ann Smith for her interest and efforts in preserving Floyd County history.
On this day, August 15, 2019.
Rebecca Weeks, President Gerald Via, 1st Vice President Jim Slusher, 2nd Vice President Connie Mitchell, Secretary Fran Helms, Treasurer Ann Shank, Archivist Gino Williams, Parliamentarian Floyd County Historical Society, Inc.
IN MEMORY OF JOHN GRAHAM
John Graham served as 2nd Vice President of the Floyd County Historical Society for the past 4 years. He was successful in getting permission to erect the Civil War Trail Sign placed at the Museum. He oversaw a special ceremony to celebrate this Floyd County Historical Society event.
John was an avid collector of history books. A donation of over 150 books from his collection have been donated to the museum’s research library.
The following projects were on the horizon with his leadership:
• Moving the courthouse bell to be displayed inside the courthouse. • Placing the original Clover Feed and Seed sign on the side wall of the original building which is now Angels in the Attic. • Obtaining permission from the VA State Civil War Trails Commission to place signs at Interstate 81 on Rt. 8 and two at the Floyd Town limits sign to advertise the Civil War Trail sign.
Nominate New Board Members at September Business Meeting
We proudly welcome Jim Slusher to fill out John Graham’s 2nd Vice President vacancy and Gino Williams to serve as parliamentarian in Margaret Smith’s place. There will be an election at the November business meeting to elect a new Board of Directors to govern the Society according to the Articles of Corporation. After the Board of Directors are elected, leadership responsibilities will be assigned.
Rebecca Weeks, current President, will be resigning her excellent leadership in November, due to ongoing health concerns. She will serve as Past President on the Board of Directors. All persons interested in being nominated to serve on the FCHS Board of Directors will acknowledge their intentions at the September business meeting, to be voted on in November.
HUMIDIFICATION PROJECT TEST RUN
In mid-July, a test of the proposed humidification project for the Historical Society’s Floyd County Circuit Court documents began. The only available flat and waterproof space for the project seemed to be the counter in the 2nd floor rest room of the museum. Two storage bins were obtained to hold the water and “shelving” to support the documents while they absorbed the moisture necessary for the sharp folds in the papers to relax. Four-inch long sections of PVC pipe support sections of light- diffusing panel to create the “shelving.”
The tested documents, from the 1870s, were hand-written, each using one to three sheets of paper. They have been packed tightly and tied together with string. The length of time to satisfactorily humidify a document varied with the number of pages folded together. Sometimes the multiple pages had been sewn together, rather than stapled or paper-clipped. These samples seemed to need some humidification before the thread could be withdrawn easily from the paper. The samples tested needed from 4 – 12 hours before they could easily be partially unfolded. An additional time, sometimes overnight, was needed to open the individual pages flat enough to be laid between sheets of absorbent blotting paper to dry and be pressed completely flat under a weight.
What was learned from this test run? • The museum space is not large enough to keep the needed supplies close by. • The counter is too high. It necessitated the use of a step stool to place the documents into and out of the humidity chambers.
The Historical Society Board will be searching for a climate-controlled space large enough to hold several 6 to 8-foot long tables. If you have any suggestions, please contact a Board member.
A CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS OF “VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS”
Saturday, September 14th, 10:30am Floyd Center for the Arts Presentation from Bert Hatcher and others
Life magazine called the 1960’s “the decade when everything changed.” Indeed, there were many sweeping changes in the space program, economics, politics, war, sports, and music. This was the decade when the USA reached the moon; prices for gasoline, homes, and food were at very low levels; the decade when the awful war in Vietnam raged on; the Green Bay Packers, Boston Celtics, and New York Yankees dominated in pro sports; and the music world was introduced to the Beatles and Elvis Presley continued his success! John Kennedy became the youngest president ever to be elected—-only to be killed three years after being elected! This was also a period of unrest, with many riots in most of America’s large cities. It was also the decade when Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs. In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a pro basketball game. Also, “The pill” was introduced.
The year 1969: 1. Neil Armstrong & two other astronauts land on the moon. 2. The famous Charles Manson murders occur, leaving five people dead. 3. Bethel, New York welcomes 400,000 to the Woodstock music concert. 4. Gil Hodges leads the New York Mets to their first world series win. 5. The Beatles perform for the final time on the roof of Apple Records. 6. The Concorde plane has its first flight. 7. The Boeing 747 jet is introduced. 8. The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hits the market. 9. Hurricane Camille takes over 100 lives in central Virginia. 10. Everyone who lived through this year has a tale to tell!
Join us for a presentation and celebration of the year of 1969, the year that Virginia established the slogan “Virginia is for Lovers.”
How Can I Help?
We always need additional help assisting with research, finding and writing grants, helping with displaying exhibits, museum housekeeping, yard beautification, preparing newsletters, assisting with correspondence, and serving as docents. Please help us continue our momentum to share and celebrate our history. For more details, please call Becky Weeks at 745-4256 or Connie Mitchell at 745-2316
Becky Weeks – President Gerald Via – 1st Vice President Jim Slusher – 2nd Vice President Connie Mitchell – Secretary Fran Helms – Treasurer Ann Shank – Archivist Gino Williams – Parliamentarian
September 14 Celebrating 50 years of “Virginia is for Lovers” with Bert Hatcher Floyd Center for the Arts Business Meeting Including Board Nominations @ 10am Presentation from 10:30am-12:00pm
November 9 Shaped Note Singing Floyd Center for the Arts Business Meeting Including Board Elections @ 10am Presentation from 10:30am-12:00pm
December 7 Last opportunity to visit for 2019 — Museum closes for winter
DONATIONS IN HONOR OF / IN MEMORY OF
A donation to the Floyd County Historical Society in Honor or in Memory of a loved one is a meaningful gift that can make a lasting difference. Every dollar you donate goes directly to support the Floyd County Historical Society Museum. Your gift will be acknowledged, and a card will be mailed to the recipient or the recipient’s family to let them know of your kindness. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
To make a donation, visit our website and donate here, or send donations and the name of the individual you would like to honor as well as the name, address and phone number of those you would like to receive our acknowledgement card to Floyd County Historical Society, P.O. Box 292, Floyd, VA 24091-0292
BECOME A MEMBER, RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP OR MAKE A DONATION TO THE MUSEUM FUND
You can help preserve the history of Floyd County. Our programs include lectures, publications, community outreach and exhibits. The Society maintains an archive of historic artifacts, documents and photographs.
Annual dues are $20.00 single or $30.00 family. Become a member or renew your membership online (here) or via snail mail. Please send checks, along with your current full name, address, phone number and email address to Floyd County Historical Society, P.O. Box 292, Floyd, VA 24091-0292. Don’t forget to indicate if this is a New Membership, Renewal, or donation for our Museum Fund.
This is a 501(c)3 organization and your donation may be tax deductible.
ALL DUES ARE PAYABLE YEARLY ON JANUARY 1
Thank you to everyone who has already renewed their membership!
• Due to the Covid-19 health emergency, the museum will be closed to the public until April 2021.
• All Floyd County Historical programs are canceled until our annual meeting on November 21st, 2020, at the Floyd Center for the Arts. Please check our website for further details on our November program.
• During this time we will continue to monitor phone messages and emails as well as our Facebook page and website.