Invisible Roots and Legends On Display

Invisible Roots and Legends Newsletter Ad - January 2015_Page_1In an effort to continue Janice Cooley’s exhibit, a portion of “Invisible Roots and Legends: A Photographic View of African American History in the Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia will be on display at the North House Museum through August 2015. The North House Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm

The Greenbrier Historical Society (GHS) was excited to partner with the Cooper Gallery and Exhibit Curator and GHS Board Member Janice Cooley to present this unique exhibit of African American history in the Greenbrier Valley at the Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg in September 2014.

The exhibit consists of a collection of photographs and artifacts, from post- civil war to today, of African Americans who have contributed to the growth and development of this area in business, religion, education, sports, politics, and entertainment as well as general family life.

Janice Cooley, Exhibit Curator, said, “I have a passion for the history of African Americans in this area.  My own roots go deep here and I realized that so many of my contemporaries as well as the younger generation had no idea of the struggles and achievements of our ancestors.  If this information is not preserved, it will soon be lost.

Elizabeth McMullen, Executive Director of the Greenbrier Historical Society, said “The exhibit was an important first step in the effort to begin collecting history and stories from the African American community in order to improve our interpretation of local history and to present a well-rounded picture of the Greenbrier Valley.”

Recently, Janice Cooley was notified of her selection for the Human and Civil Rights Award, as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission’s Living the Dream Awards, for her exhibit Invisible Roots and Legends: A Photographic View of African Americans in the Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia.  She will receive this award on January 19, 2015 in Charleston, WV.

 

 

 

Support our History, Become a Member

Membership Forms

The Greenbrier Historical Society (GHS) invites everyone to become a member! Memberships start as low as $25, and support our efforts to preserve and present our local history.

We believe that history is important to our future. History teaches students research and critical thinking skills; while history/heritage tourism can provide an economic boost to many communities.

In 2014, GHS provided free tours, research assistance, and educational programs and events to more than 5,000 individuals. Over 1,000 Greenbrier and Monroe County school students benefited from our educational programs – either on-site at the North House or in their classrooms. Unlike most regional historical organizations whose visitors and members come from the local area, visitors to the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum & Archives represented 47 states, 9 foreign countries, 37 West Virginia counties, and 121 West Virginia communities.

GHS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, protect, and exhibit historical materials and objects, provide educational experiences and activities, and support historical inquiry and research. The Society relies on the generosity of its members, patrons, and the community to continue operating the museum free of charge, providing free research assistance, and offering free and low-cost educational programs. GHS strives to present the rich history of the Greenbrier Valley in interesting ways, to promote tourism in the region, and to support the preservation of its beautiful communities. The GHS North House Museum & Archives is open free of charge, Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

To learn more about becoming a member contact GHS at 304.645.3398 or info@greenbrierhistorical.org, or stop by the North House, located at 301 W. Washington Street in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Membership benefits include our Annual Journal, quarterly Appalachian Springs newsletters, and a 10% discount in the Star Tavern Gift Shop, located within the North House.

2015 Mortgage Burning Party

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Please join the Greenbrier Historical Society (GHS) for a “mortgage burning party” from 5-7 on Wednesday, January 14 at the North House Museum, 301 West Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV.  The last payment on the mortgage which covered the renovation and new construction at GHS was made in December, 2014.

This was a nearly 15 year effort and received a great deal of support from members and donors.  The proceeds from Stellar Evening, the GHS Holiday party in early December, were always dedicated to this effort as well as any other available funds each year.

The support of members and donors is what made this possible.  Of the many who contributed, a few deserve special mention:  Harry McFarland who had the vision; Mrs. Jeanne Hamilton; John Garnett; John Arbuckle of Farmer’s Home Fire Insurance; Janie Kirk who came up with the idea of the “536 Club” when we still owed $53,600; all those who made and fulfilled pledges to reduce the debt; and people who attended Stellar Evening over the years.

We also appreciate First National Bank in Ronceverte who carried the debt and was so good to work with through the years.

There will be a reception with light refreshments at the North House from 5-7 on Jamuary 14 and the burning of the mortgage along with a short program will occur at 6:00 p.m.  Please join the GHS Board, staff, and members for this celebration.  We will also be using this occasion to say a fond goodbye to Elizabeth McMullen, Executive Director, who is relocating to a new job with the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

2014 Holiday Schedule

2014 Closed for Christmas

The Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum & Archives will be closed for Christmas from Wednesday December 24th through Friday, December 26th. We will re-open on Saturday, December 27th.

The North House Museum and Archives will also be closed for New Years on Wednesday, December 31st and Thursday, January 1st. We will reopen on Friday, January 2nd.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

2014 Stellar Evening a Success

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The Greenbrier Historical Society’s 14th Annual Stellar Evening fundraiser proved once again to be a “stellar” time! We had a wonderful evening with dancing, good food, and a fun atmosphere! Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success!

The Lewisburg Elk’s Country Club was beautifully arranged and decorated by members of the Greenbrier Historical Society and the staff of TLP, Inc. Festive candles surrounded by live greenery and antique Christmas balls sat on each table – bringing classic Christmas charm to the decorations. The tables were generously provided by Carnegie Hall and St. James Episcopal Church while the linens were supplied by Gillespie’s Flowers and Productions.

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The music played by Trio Grand began softly while guests enjoyed hors d’oeurves and drinks and caught up with old friends. A very talented group, Trio Grand, played a variety of soft jazz and Christmas music during the delicious dinner and desert served by TLP.  After dinner, up-beat tempos began and couples took to the dance floor for the rest of the evening. Although there were several talented dancers among us, no one had to be Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers to have a good time!

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The Greenbrier Historical Society once again hosted a silent auction during the event with items generously donated by the following businesses and individuals: Azulyn Day Spa, Bella: The Corner Gourmet, B Sweet Confectionery, Nita Johnson & Caring Hands Massage, Cliff Baker, Del Sol Cantina and Grille, Elizabeth Spangler, Food and Friends, Greenbrier Baking Company, Greenbrier Brewing Company, Greenbrier Cut Flowers, Ron Magruder & Greenbrier Valley Theater, Love Child, Wolf Creek Gallery, Mike & Karen Lee McClung, Plaid Eagle Antiques, Morgan Bunn, Patina, Smooth Ambler Spirits & Tag Galyean, The Open Book, The 19th Hole, Tom & Sissy Isaac, and Windy Knoll Nursery.

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GHS would also like to thank all of those businesses and individuals who sponsored the event: Farmer’s Home Fire Insurance Company, Mrs. Lawson W. Hamilton, Mr. & Mrs. David Hambrick, Mrs. Margaret Schmidt, Ms. Elizabeth Spangler, Mrs. William Dickson, Mr. & Mrs. John Wade Bell, Dr. & Mrs. Kyle Fort, Mr. & Mrs. John Grimes, Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Isaac, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Jeffus, Mr. & Mrs. Glen Jewell, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Kirk, Mr. & Mrs. Mike McClung, Dr. & Mrs. Robert Modlin, Mr. & Mrs. Meredith Rice, Dr. & Mrs. John Wilson, Dutch Haus Market, Inc., Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, Mr. Alex McLaughlin and the Thrasher Group, Mrs. Miriam de’Olloqui, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Dyer, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Pendleton, Mr. & Mrs. Chris Thompson, and the Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation. Thank you all for your support!

The Greenbrier Historical Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, protect, and exhibit historical materials and objects, provide educational experiences and activities, and support historical inquiry and research. GHS relies on the generosity of its members, patrons, and the community to continue operating the museum free of charge, providing free research assistance, and offering free and low-cost educational programs. GHS strives to present the rich history of the Greenbrier Valley in interesting ways, to promote tourism in the region, and to support the preservation of its beautiful communities.

The Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum and Archives is open Monday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. For more information about upcoming programs and events, or to become a member, sponsor, or volunteer, please contact us at 304.645.3398 or info@greenbrierhistorical.org.

Teddy Bear Program

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The Christmas holiday is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, but as the school break continues you may be looking for activities for your children! The Greenbrier Historical Society welcomes families to the North House Museum’s “Becoming Christmas” exhibit which highlights the origin of some of our Christmas traditions and features a wonderful collection of antique teddy bears and dolls.

As part of the exhibit, GHS will host a free Teddy Bear themed educational program for ages 4-6 and 7-10 on  Monday, December 29, 2014. Free of charge. Children will hear the story of how the teddy bear was invented, learn some real life bear facts, and compare their teddy bears to those of children years ago. The program is free and should last just over an hour, depending on the children’s level of interest.

For ages 4-6, the program will begin at 10am on Monday, December 29th; and for ages 7-10, the program will begin at 1pm. Both groups will meet in the lobby of the North House, located at 301 W. Washington Street in Lewisburg, WV.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information or to sign up for the program, call 304.645.3398 or email info@greenbrierhistorical.org.

The Greenbrier Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting, and interpreting the history and culture of the Greenbrier Valley. The North House Museum and Archives is open free of charge, Monday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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Becoming Christmas Exhibit

Becoming Christmas Exhibit at the North House Museum

This holiday season the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum is exploring the beginnings of one of America’s most beloved holidays – Christmas. The exhibit opened on November 23, 2014 will be available until January 3, 2015. The exhibit discusses the history of many of our most common Christmas traditions and features antique teddy bears and dolls on loan from Sue Tuckwiller McKinney.

Christmas started to become the holiday that we all know and love in the early 1800’s, with the popularity of the poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. IMG_4227Soon after, Christmas trees started to be seen throughout the United States, and the practice of giving gifts spread. Santa Claus started making an appearance in print, and then in person in many department stores. Over the last century, Christmas has continued to thrive as a national holiday, but the holiday has some interesting beginnings. To learn more about this fun and interesting holiday, and to see some adorable antique bears, please visit the Becoming Christmas exhibit.IMG_4233

The exhibit will on display from November 23rd to January 3rd at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House Museum, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg. GHS is open free of charge Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. For more information, contact us at 304.645.3398 or info@greenbrierhistorical.org. Or like us on Facebook.  IMG_4244

The exhibit was researched and designed, in part, by Amy Lewis, an AmeriCorps member with Appalachian Forest Heritage Area. The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area is an effort to integrate central Appalachian forest history, culture, natural history, products, and forestry management into a heritage tourism initiative to promote rural community development. This grassroots partnership works in West Virginia and western Maryland to explore the relationship between the Appalachian highlands forest and the people who live within it.

 

 

2014 Thanksgiving Schedule

The Greenbrier Historical Society will open from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, November 26th and closed on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen with normal business hours beginning on Saturday, November 29th.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you would like to schedule a special appointment, please call us at 304.645.3398.

Have a safe and happy Holiday!

2014 Closed for Thanksgiving

Executive Director Position Open

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The Greenbrier Historical Society is searching for a dynamic leader with business acumen as well as a passion for history, historical preservation, and community outreach. The Executive Director will develop, plan, manage and carry-out operations of the Greenbrier Historical Society including all its buildings and functions.

The Greenbrier Historical Society is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to collect, preserve, protect and exhibit historical materials and objects, provide educational experiences and activities, and support historical inquiry and research.

The full position description can be requested from the Greenbrier Historical Society or found on their website: http://society.greenbrierhistorical.org/index.php/career

Interested applicants may forward resumes to: pbhanna@yahoo.com or call 304-647-6029 for more information.

2014 Holiday Open House & Home Tour

GHS Kicks Off Christmas with a New Exhibit & Holiday Home Tour

The Greenbrier Historical Society invites everyone to visit the North House Museum during the Holiday Open House in Lewisburg on Sunday, November 23, 2014 between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Have you ever wondered about the real history of Santa Claus, or why we have Christmas trees? Or why we give gifts, such as teddy bears, on Christmas morning? If so, come and see Becoming Christmas, a new exhibit about the evolution of Christmas through the ages, and the history of many of our favorite Christmas traditions. The exhibit will feature Sue Tuckwiller McKinney’s antique teddy bears, dolls and accessories. And there will be new items and great deals in our Star Tavern Gift Shop, located within the North House.

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Greenbrier Historical Society will also host a holiday tour at the Second North House, the current home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hanna at 200 South Lafayette Street with festive holiday decorations provided by four Lewisburg Garden Clubs.  The home will be open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the North House or at the door.

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A reading and presentation of the classic poem The Night Before Christmas at the Second North House (200 South Lafayette Street) will begin at 5:00 pm. A limited number of tickets will be available in advance for $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family.

The Greenbrier Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Greenbrier Valley. Located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg, WV, the Greenbrier Historical Society is regularly open free of charge Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. For more information, contact us at 304.645.3398 or info@greenbrierhistorical.org.

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