Purcellville Historical Society

Purcellville Historical Society Purcellville Historical Society - nonprofit 501(c) 3 membership organization promotes community pride and preserves the cultural heritage of Purcellville.

The Purcellville Historical Society, originally the Purcellville Preservation Association (PPA), was founded in 1985 with two goals: to restore the WO&D Purcellville Train Station and the Mahlon-Taylor Springhouse. Restoration of both projects occured by 2004. The Town of Purcellville now owns and manages the Station for community use as a meeting space, an art gallery, and a respite at the end of

The Purcellville Historical Society, originally the Purcellville Preservation Association (PPA), was founded in 1985 with two goals: to restore the WO&D Purcellville Train Station and the Mahlon-Taylor Springhouse. Restoration of both projects occured by 2004. The Town of Purcellville now owns and manages the Station for community use as a meeting space, an art gallery, and a respite at the end of

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Often changes in historical narrative are disregarded as revisionist.  While revisionism is an issue, it's usually misap...
04/28/2021

Often changes in historical narrative are disregarded as revisionist. While revisionism is an issue, it's usually misapplied to historians -rather than main-stream media -who have been hit with the charge since the late 1980's. The irony? The histories being researched and produced then and since are broader and more accurate than the previous 100 years. Perspective is important. Multiplicity in historical review is necessary. And yes, Moehanga and his voyage were "real".

Today is Moehanga Day in the United Kingdom. #Onthisday in 1806 Great Britain was discovered by Moehanga. Of course, various indigenous, white-skinned tribes had already inhabited the British Isles for thousands of years, but Moehanga was the first Māori to discover Britain. The British natives were in awe of Moehanga’s tattoos and they insisted he meet their chieftain King George III.

When Moehanga arrived on the island he saw families living in primitive, damp and unsanitary conditions and a brutal society that punished almost any act of disobedience with death. The Britons were a warlike people, renowned and feared for their prowess at fighting other European tribes and even raiding and conquering lands and taking slaves on distant continents.

Today Britain is a thriving multi-cultural nation, producing a range of quality exports whilst preserving its rich heritage and traditions. Happy Moehanga Day! #OTD #Moehanga #MoehangaDay

Photos from Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's post
02/24/2021

Photos from Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's post

Monday's PSA!
02/08/2021

Monday's PSA!

Loudoun County! This survey asks about the pace of development in Loudoun, traffic/transportation, trails/outdoor recrea...
01/25/2021
Survey of Residents | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

Loudoun County! This survey asks about the pace of development in Loudoun, traffic/transportation, trails/outdoor recreation/open spaces, and other preservation issues and the quality of life and public services in LoCo.

https://www.loudoun.gov/1032/Survey-of-Residents?fbclid=IwAR0Sn-rDMzeFZf_NgnVZTvEF9ktwv8mWS3vWpo2L2_5hTr7mCZm2egwK-Wc

Loudoun County periodically conducts telephone surveys of residents to update demographic information, determine residents' level of satisfaction with county services, and obtain residents' opinions on key county issues in such areas as growth management, public safety, and taxes.

If you are able please help Louis. His good humor, love of history, dedication to documentation and solid friendship are...
01/10/2021
In Loving Memory of Louis Jett (AKA Louball), organized by James Jett

If you are able please help Louis. His good humor, love of history, dedication to documentation and solid friendship are boundless. We’re so sorry for your loss, Louis.

Our loved one, Louis A. Jett Jr. aka Louie/LouBall has passed away suddenly f… James Jett needs your support for In Loving Memory of Louis Jett (AKA Louball)

12/23/2020
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Save places where history happened. Your gift to the National Trust ensures that historic places, like Nina Simone’s childhood home, and the stories they tell continue to inspire, educate, and enrich the lives of all Americans for generations to come. Give today and your contribution will be MATCHED dollar-for-dollar, doubling your support for iconic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes that tell the full American story.

12/16/2020
MLB officially recognizes Negro League as "major league" after 100 years

Today was a historically good day for America. And what helped make that day?Why, baseball of course!

First- what we’ve waited for! The first round of Covid vaccines rolled out!!!

And for some no less important or exciting, Major League Baseball has finally, officially recognized the Negro League teams as MLB teams. Watch out! Leader boards about to change!

Stay warm and dry. Hold tight. You’re doing great. (The dishes can still wait.)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mlb-negro-league-major-league/

All seven Negro Leagues will have their stats and record added to MLB history.

What's history?  This is a remarkably difficult question to answer.  Everyone feels they get to own a bit of history, an...
12/14/2020
Silencing the Past (20th anniversary edition) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot: 9780807080535 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

What's history? This is a remarkably difficult question to answer. Everyone feels they get to own a bit of history, and challenges to that perspective aren't often welcome. But consider the following:

Pretend you are standing on a pebble walkway. Let's pick up a pebble and describe it. We'd likely focus on its sensory descriptors. As we ruminate over its appearance, this pebble enjoys, to its detriment or boon, our full attention. But when replaced on the path, it's no longer the center of our attention, but it's also not 'just a pebble' (or is it?) it's a critical part of a larger body that makes up a path which looks different depending on the direction you're walking. This pebble wasn't always usable this way. At one point it was a mountain broken down over millennia and carried by a body of water for a considerable amount of time; its smooth size and shape the result of so many years of water flow. Eventually the pebble stops in a place where it is collected in large quantities with other pebbles that have followed a similar path, but possibly not together or at the same time. This collection is actually a bunch of disparate parts. Except now collected, they are no longer mountains, or pebbles by a stream, or different hauls, they are landscaping pebbles in a lot, waiting to be delivered. Once collected they travel in a vehicle to their current location and rest entirely underfoot as a path.

The 'truth' of the pebble never changed, the historical perspective did.

For more discussions on how historical perspectives constantly shift and why this is a necessary, important element of the field of study consider the following as holiday purchases:

Silencing The Past https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/246609/silencing-the-past-20th-anniversary-edition-by-michel-rolph-trouillot/ (or other vendors)

Dead Uncertainties

https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Certainties-Speculations-Simon-Schama/dp/0679736131 (or other vendors)

The 20th anniversary edition of an engaging and accessible classic that explores the contexts in which history is produced—a pioneering work, now with a new foreword by renowned scholar Hazel Carby...

Episode #323
12/08/2020
Episode #323

Episode #323

Loudoun County farmers get help slowing development Creating good bird habitat In the Garden Sweet Potato Biscuits from the Heart of the Home Grain storage b...

For Giving Tuesday the Purcellville Historical Society would like to support local history and environmental preservatio...
12/01/2020
Oatlands | Historic House and Gardens

For Giving Tuesday the Purcellville Historical Society would like to support local history and environmental preservation efforts! If you are able, select one (or more!) of the organizations below. Each is worthy and would use your financial support to further preservation in Loudoun County!

Aldie Mill
https://www.novaparks.com/parks/aldie-mill-historic-park
Dodona Manor
https://www.georgecmarshall.org
Friends of the Balch Library
http://balchfriends.org/support
Heritage Farm Museum/Book a Tour or Buy a Box! https://heritagefarmmuseum.org
Hillsboro Old Stone School
https://www.oldstoneschool.org
Lincoln Preservtion Foundation
https://www.lincolnpreservation.org/?fbclid=IwAR0JOSMIjmPJBey32Rh0RM51HBG2Qe9w0yhjwyrX4k99j_JupcDTU_CTkZY
Loudoun Farm Bureau
https://www.vafb.com
Loudoun Freedom Center
http://loudounfreedomcenter.org
Loudoun Museum
https://www.loudounmuseum.org/donate
Loudoun Preservation Society
https://preserveloudoun.org
Lovettsville Historical Society
http://www.lovettsvillehistoricalsociety.org/index.php/membership-support/
Morven Park
https://www.morvenpark.org/welcome.html
Oatlands
https://oatlands.org
Save Rural Loudoun
https://www.saveruralloudounnow.org
Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom
Virginia Land Trust
https://landtrustva.org/support/
https://va.agclassroom.org
Virginia Piedmont Heritage Areas
https://www.piedmontheritage.org

Oatlands, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a rich resource for our community, state, and nation. We provide historical, educational and recreational experiences to our many visitors. Oatlands was given to the public by the Eustis family in 1965 and has been open to the publ...

National Park Service
11/25/2020

National Park Service

Your chances of being hunted by a turkey are low, but never zero.

Be careful out there. This Peeping “Tom” was spotted at Jewel Cave National Monument.⁣ It was looking for a cave tour, but it was too late in the day to accommodate. The ranger on duty thoughtfully explained the park was closing. After some ruffled feathers and some ‘fowl’ language, “Pluck my what?”, the turkey left the park without further incident. ⁣

Image: Turkey looking through glass door for the park passport stamp. ⁣Or maybe it was looking for...YOU!

#FindYourPark

Looking for history related holiday gifts?  Stay tuned for snippets from books you can purchase and devour.  Suggestions...
11/19/2020
Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory

Looking for history related holiday gifts? Stay tuned for snippets from books you can purchase and devour. Suggestions (by you!) for additional history reads always welcome in comments!

Book 1) "Monuments to Absence", Andrew Denson

"Too often, contemporary public history simply confirms the familiar narrative of Indian disappearance, endlessly repeating a story of Native Americans going away. Heritage workers can disrupt that narrative, but only if they find ways to make these places something more than monuments to Indian absence. Removal sites offer opportunities for public dialogue about the persistence and revival of Indian nations in the modern United States and about the contemporary politics of Native American sovereignty." --Andrew Denson. "Monuments to Absence" pp. 17
https://www.amazon.com/Monuments-Absence-Cherokee-Removal-Southern-ebook/dp/B01MZI5XPN/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OOAOY63CJP9X&dchild=1&keywords=monuments+to+absence&qid=1605746090&s=books&sprefix=monuments+to+ab%2Caps%2C140&sr=1-1

Monuments to Absence: Cherokee Removal and the Contest over Southern Memory

Thomas Balch Library
10/26/2020

Thomas Balch Library

Tape in all the wrong places got you down?

To register for Preservation for Home Archives, email [email protected], register via webform http://ow.ly/bNFq50Bpr6o or call 703-737-7195.

In recognition of all Indigenous American Peoples, the Italian Americans who sought justice and humanity for themselves,...
10/12/2020
How Columbus Sailed Into U.S. History, Thanks To Italians

In recognition of all Indigenous American Peoples, the Italian Americans who sought justice and humanity for themselves, and all who have suffered at the injustice of descrimination.

May we ever strive toward Lady Liberty and her beacon of light and hope that leads our way to a more just and peaceful world, a world in which our similarities unite us and our differences are celebrated.

In Honor and Respect- Indigenous Peoples' Day
https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2013/10/14/232120128/how-columbus-sailed-into-u-s-history-thanks-to-italians

The making of Columbus Day involved much glorification of the Italian explorer, including some historical inaccuracies. But Christopher Columbus also became the face of a celebration of Italian heritage, amid discrimination in the U.S.

This is fascinating.  For long periods historians in the 'Western Tradition' have relied almost exclusively on various t...
09/25/2020

This is fascinating. For long periods historians in the 'Western Tradition' have relied almost exclusively on various types of written documentation to study history, loosing the well rounded vernacular of hands and facial expressions and movements that accompany all spoken word. This digital documentation, and potentially more noteworthy its sharing, is historically significant for the effort to record, and thus recognize the worth, of multiple types of vernacular sources, but especially that of a culture subsumed under colonization.

Also, this week saw the celebration of International Sign Language Day! Much of the discussion above applies to sign language as well.

Have any unique ways history is shared in your familie or groups? Fabric? Oral stories? Photo albums?

Did you know the ‘Mudburra to English Dictionary’, is the first dictionary of an Australian Indigenous language to include an extensive section dedicated to hand-signs. The dictionary, which is published by Aboriginal Studies Press, has photos and QR code links to 170 videos of Mudburra handsigns called ‘marndamarnda’, which is also the word for ‘hand’.

We think International Day of Sign Languages is the perfect opportunity to learn this beautiful language don’t you?!

You can purchase a copy of ‘Mudburra to English Dictionary’ from the AIATSIS Shop - https://bit.ly/2G51jww

The Corcoran Group
08/02/2020

The Corcoran Group

Architectural salvage shops are an underused resource for New Yorkers looking to add some character to their homes. Check out these great online and offline spots to find big-ticket items and small replacement pieces, now on Inhabit: http://bit.ly/2YV3Mis

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Hey!! This chair has been in the family for decades. I just realized that this tag is under the cushion. I was only five when this tag was put on. So I don't know anything about it but does anybody know anything? So cool!
We are looking for old photos that might show the evolution of our 1930s Arts & Crafts style home at the corner of 32nd and L St. (one block south of Main). We've spent the last year or so updating the bones of the old place and can now begin to focus on the outside. This is how it looked last July when we bought it. Our thanks in advance!
Good afternoon. Just reminding all that the Traffic Calming Forum with Ian Lockwood, originally scheduled for this Wednesday night, June 20, has been postponed. We are working with him on another date, probably in July. (He's a busy guy--projects in Michigan, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Saudi Arabia!) I'll keep you updated. Meanwhile, if you've not read it yet, you can take a look at the paper he wrote about Route 15 last month at
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When will the next meeting be? Are any meetings held in the evenings?