On November 8 at 7 p.m., Doug Perks, Jefferson County Museum Historian and WV History Hero, will present “Changing Faces—Mr. Jefferson’s County” as the finale of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission’s 2017 Speakers Series. The talk will take place in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education on the Shepherd […]
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Occupying a prominent place in the front parlor of the Historic Shepherdstown Museum is a new piece that has several connections to the town. It’s a Jacob Craft tall clock, donated by Curt Mason, a former member of the Museum’s Board of Directors. Not only was the clock made in Shepherdstown, but it belonged to […]
As part of an outreach project, the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town, WV is collecting feedback from current and potential visitors on how the museum could serve them better. If you would like to participate in the survey, please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/jeffcomuseumwv Thank you for your participation!
We have a new exhibit in the Museum — it’s called The Civil War Comes to Shepherdstown, September 2017. If you attended Jim Broomall’s Speakers Series talk a week or so ago, you may have seen it displayed in the lobby of the Byrd Center. You can view the digitized version here or stop by […]
On August 30, Dr. James J. Broomall will speak on “Crossroads: Civil War Comes to Shepherdstown.” Dr. Broomall is an Assistant Professor of History at Shepherd University, and Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. His talk, part of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission 2017 Speakers Series, will take place at […]
The morning of the 4th was ushered in amid the loud report of several guns, evidently to admonish our citizens that another anniversary of American independence had arrived, and the lowering clouds were portentous of squally weather. But the coming of the bright sun dissipated the black clouds, and the blue vault of heaven became […]
Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic television personality who died earlier this year, had a family connection to Shepherdstown as well as to the Historic Shepherdstown Museum. Her great, great, great grandfather, Conrad Shindler, an early resident of Shepherdstown, was a coppersmith and lived in a house at the corner of German and Church Streets. Several […]
COVER: Mecklengurb (sic) or Sheppards Town (sic) 25 Oct 1793 (reasonable) (reported) Bedinger The Honorable the General Assembly of Virginia, The petition of the inhabitants of the Town of Mecklenburg ( Commonly Called ShepherdsTown ) in the County of Berkeley , Humbly Showeth, that the Populousness and intercourse within the Said Town require the Streets […]
On May 24, Fawn Valentine, a West Virginia quilt expert, will be in Shepherdstown to”read” local quilts from 1 to 3 p.m. and to give a talk, “West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: Echoes from the Hills,” at 7 p.m. In addition, throughout the month of May, the Historic Shepherdstown Museum will display three quilts loaned […]
by Jerry Bruce Thomas In 2012, Yale University Press published John Brown’s Spy: The Adventurous Life and Tragic Confession of John E. Cook, by Steven Lubet. The book details Cook’s early life in New England and activities in Kansas and Virginia (largely in Jefferson County) leading up to John Brown’s abortive attempt in October 1859 […]