Highland Historical Society Fall 2023 Update


Hello, this is Lori Botkin with the Highland Historical Society and the Highland County Museum.

Fall is upon us, the weather is cooling, winter is just around the corner.  This means our 2023 season is almost over. The museum will close October 28 and with it, our 19th Century exhibit.

If you have not been in recently, we have added The Dorcas Homan Vance sampler and a piece of pottery from Joseph Silber. These are a couple of recent acquisitions that fit with the 19th century theme, but will be put away when the exhibit closes.

This has been a busy season, starting in March with the opening of our exhibit “There’s an App for That”. It has been fun to watch people talk about the early technology that they remember from grandma’s house in the 40’s or even more recent history in the 80’s. To see the children, asking – daddy, what do you use that for? When they see a cassette recorder or an 8-track player. This exhibit will continue through 2024.

Our annual Yard Sale in May was another successful fundraiser. We have already taken in some nice and interesting items for next year’s sale. Mark your calendar for May 24 & 25, 2024 and join us by setting up a table or just come to shop.

In July we opened the Charles Pinckney Jones House Museum in Monterey.  If you have not been in to see the transformation of the house, you must stop in soon. The house will close for the season on October 28.

In August, we had our annual Spaghetti Dinner. A good meal was had by all, and it is always a good time visiting with the community.

Highland County is rich in history. It is here in the museum that we share that history with the community. We are always looking for volunteers. Come join us. The main requirement is that you love Highland County’s history and want to tell others about it. We will have training early next year.

You can reach us on the web at www.highlandcountyhistory.com, email at highlandhist@mgwnet.com or call 540-396-4478.

The Society would like to thank all of our supporters for another successful season.

This has been Lori Botkin for the Highland Historical Society and Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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