Highland Historical Society Update

Hello, this is Lori Botkin Executive Director of the Highland Historical Society.  Due to the cancellation of Maple Festival this year, we will delay our opening for the season until May 1.  Our two rotating exhibits, “Early Furniture of Highland County” and the second “Sneak Peak at the Jones/McCoy Collection”, will remain in place through 2021.

We are using this opportunity to update our two permanent exhibits.  The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation is creating a whole new look into the McDowell community in 1862.  Just as a teaser, their new room will not only include the Battle of McDowell, but it will also have local Civil War history.  The “Uniquely Highland” exhibit will be moving to a more prominent location in the front of the museum.  Now, the first room you encounter as you come in will be the history of Highland County.

I am so excited about the new Tol’able David exhibit.  We’re expanding this display to celebrate the film’s 100th anniversary this year.  What is Tol’able David, you ask?  In the summer of 1921, a New York film company came to the little village of Crabbottom, now Blue Grass, in Highland County and made a silent movie.  The movie’s a David and Goliath sort of tale.  It will keep you glued to your seat.  Often regarded as one of the most influential films of the 1920’s, it received the Photoplay magazine Medal of Honor in 1921.  A driving tour brochure will be available to see some of the locations where the movie was filmed and the opportunity to view the film before or after your tour.

For more information contact the Highland Historical Society 540-396-4478.   Our webpage is www.highlandcountyhistory.com or email highlandhist@mgwnet.com

This is Lori Botkin for 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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