A Guide to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Collection, 1995-2009

SC 5027


Compiled by: Mark Peterson, February 2012


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Collection, 1995-2009

Collection No.: SC# 5027

Creator: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar, co-sponsored by James Madison University and Lord Fairfax Community College

Extent: 7 Hollinger boxes; 3.2 linear feet

Abstract: This collection consists of 3 linear feet of administrative records and papers by scholars from colleges, libraries and other institutions for the monthly presentations of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar. The collection contains: financial records, announcements, correspondence, information about presenters, and academic papers.

Administrative Information


Access restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

The authors retain the copyrights on their papers. The user is responsible to obtain clearance from the copyright holder for permission to use any materials in excess of fair use.

Preferred citation: [Identification of Item]-[box number, folder number], Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Collection, 1995-2009, SC# 5027, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition information: The collection was donated in 2008 by Joseph Whitehorne, one of the organizers of the seminar and a faculty member at Lord Fairfax Community College. Several papers have been added since the initial donation.

Historical Note: The presentations of the Shenandoah Regional Studies Seminar have been held during the academic year since 1988, usually at James Madison University. Papers have covered a wide range of historical and regional subjects from colonial developments to the details of rural life in the 20th century. The main goal has been to provide an informed and interested audience for scholars from a variety of fields such as history, archaeology, geography, folklore, and ethnography, so that they can develop their ideas.


Scope and Content: The Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Collection, 1995-2009, sometimes referred to as the SVRSS Collection, includes administrative folders organized by academic year. The last few years, namely 06/07, 07/08, and 08/09, have limited contents.  The bulk of the collection consists of material that was distributed to the group before a presentation, usually copies of an academic paper with information on the lecturer. The collection has files for most of the presentations from 1995 to 2009. Additional papers that were collected before 1995 by the JMU Special Collections Librarian before the donation have been added to the collection.

Arrangement: The first box contains all of the administrative files in folders for each academic year. Other folders containing presentation materials for the seminar are in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names organized in boxes for specific date ranges. Presentations that predate 1995 have been collected in the final box.

Related Materials: Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Collection at The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room of the Handley Regional Library.



Box 1: Administrative Records                                                                                                Box:Folder

1995/1996                                                                                                                                   1:1           

1996/1997                                                                                                                                   1:2

1997/1998                                                                                                                                   1:3

1998/1999                                                                                                                                   1:4

1999/2000                                                                                                                                   1:5

2000/2001                                                                                                                                   1:6

2001/2002                                                                                                                                   1:7

2002/2003                                                                                                                                   1:8

2003/2004                                                                                                                                   1:9

2004/2005                                                                                                                                   1:10

2005/2006                                                                                                                                   1:11

2007 Administration Ephemera Found with Ted Olson Paper                                             1:12

2008/2009                                                                                                                                   1:13


Box 2: Papers - 1995-1997                                                                                                     Box:Folder         Notes


Joan C. Browning

Getting to the Springs of Virginia: A Survey of Transportation from Horse-Litter to Concord Coach

1997 April 18



Robert Calhoun

The Southern Back Country Origins of Political Moderation in America

1997 September 19


With “Political Moderation as an Anglo-American Ideology”

Thomas Costa

Paradise on the Clinch? Land Speculators and the Early Settlement of Russell County

1997 March 21



Ann Denkler

How Others See Each Other: Skyland and the Mountain Culture

1996 April 19


Short description of project only

Christine Devine

Crossroads of Exchange: Anglo-Indian Diplomacy and Trade in Northern Carolina

1997 October 17


With c.v.

J. Brooks Flippen

The Promise of Late Antebellum Rockbridge: Overtaken by Events

1996 February 16



Ben Fordney

Two Generals in Blue: The Reconstruction Policies of Generals John Schofield and George Stone[man] in Virginia, 1866-1969

1996 May 17



John Frantz

The Religious Development of the Early German Settlers in the Shenandoah Valley

1996 November 15


With published copy in “Pennsylvania History” 2001

Timothy Hanson

Cultural Commerce: Scottish Immigrants, Trade and Politics in 18th Century North Carolina

1997 January 17



Dean Herrin

Breaking the Stillness?: The Coal Industry and the Transformation of Appalachian Virginia, 1880-1920

1995 November 17



Christine Hoepfner

The Shenandoah National Park Displacements: Stories from Swift Run Gap

1995 October 20



Andrew C. Holman

Professional Gentlemen…and Others: Rural Practitioners and the Transformation of the Medical Community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1840-1890

1996 January 19



Audrey Horning

Material Culture and the Mountain Folk Image: Archaeological Explorations in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

1996 September 20



David C. Hsiung

Death on the Juniata: Indian-White Relations in Colonial Pennsylvania

1996 October 18



David James Kiracofe

Claypole’s Rebellion: Patriotism and Treason in a Virginia Backcountry Community, 1781-1782

1997 May 16



Ann McCleary

Reassessing the Home Demonstration Program and its Impact on Rural Women and Communities: A Case Study of Augusta County

1997 November 21


Several chapters from her dissertation only

L. Daniel Mouer

Rebecca’s Children: New Myths and Old Myths about Indians and Virginia’s History

1997 February 21



Sheila Phipps

Of Necessity: Salt on the Virginia Frontier, 1750-1815

1995 September 16



J. Suzanne Simmons

The Intersection of the Freed Black and Slave Communities in Augusta County, Virginia

1996 March 15



Nancy Sorrells

A Christian Soldier for the Confederacy: Fighting the Civil War on the Home Front

1995 December 8


Thesis chapter only


Box 3: Papers - 1998-2000                                                                                                     Box:Folder        Notes


Bea Naff Bailey

A Mission from Within: The Phoebe Needles Memorial  School

2000 April 21



Charles Ballard

Dismissing the Peculiar Institution: Assessing Slavery in Page and Rockingham Counties, Virginia

1998 April 17



Chris Bolgiano

Tanbark Harvesting as an Economic and Environmental Factor in Appalachia

1999 January 22



Leila O. W. Boyer

Frederick County Probate Inventories, 1744-1754

1998 February 20



Seth C. Bruggeman

The Shenandoah River Gundalow and the Politics of Material Reuse

2000 February 18



A.  Glenn Crothers

“To Make Our Youth Intimately Acquainted with their Country”: Public Culture and the Diffusion of Knowledge in Post-Revolutionary Northern Virginia

1999 April 16


With  c.v.

Philip D. Dillard

Confederate Nationalism Meets Philip Sheridan

2000 September 15



John Fea

Rethinking a Classic Source of Plantation Virginia: A Note on Morals, Sociability, and Reading in the Writings of Philip Vickers Fithian

1998 March 20


With c.v.

Jamie L. Ferguson

Lunatics on the West Side: Dr. Francis Stribling and the Western Lunatic Asylum

2000 November 17



Clarence R. Geier

What Went Ye Into the Wilderness to See? Military Fortification and Troop Deployment at Fort Edward Johnson, Shenandoah Mountain, April 1862

1999 October 15



George H. Gilliam and William G. Thomas

The Ground Beneath Our Feet. Pilot Episode: The New Deal Comes to Virginia

1998 September 18


Video script with abstract and 2 c.v.s

Philip A. Grant, Jr.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Dedication of the Shenandoah National Park

2000 October 20



Dale F. Harter

The Memoirs of John T. Harris, U.S. Congressman, 1859-1861, 1871-1881: Reliable Record or Random Recollections

1998 October 16


Includes timeline & pictures

Kevin L. Harter

Shenandoah Valley String Music

2000 January 21


With c.v.

John L. Heatwole

Witch Lore of the Mountains and Valleys of the Virginias

2000 March 17



Trenton E. Hizer

The Reform Movement and the Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1829-1830

1999 March 19


With c.v.

Christian B. Keller

Old Germans and New Germans: Differing Attitudes of Persons of German Descent in Pennsylvania and Virginia during the Civil War

1999 May 21


With c.v.

Stephen Longenecker

The Parameters of Presbyterian Outsiderness in the Shenandoah Valley, 1776-1861

1999 September 17


With c.v.

Paul D. McDermott

Conococheague Manor: A Study of Early Frontier Settlement in the Backcountry

1999 November 19


With c.v. statement

Nancy Sorrells

Muley Cows & Sandy Sows: An Analysis of the Augusta County Estray Books, 1775-1815

1998 January 16



Jewel Spangler

A Spring Seald, A Fountain Shut Up?”: Evangelicals and Community in Southampton County, Virginia, 1774-1802

1998 November 20



Danielle M. Torisky

Feeding the Family: Home Front Challenges in Civil War Virginia

1999 February 19



Joseph W. A. Whitehorne

“Baptists and Yams Did Not Grow Well in the Shenandoah Valley”: Regional Differences in the Baptist Movement in Colonial Virginia

1998 May 15




Box  4: Papers - 2001-2003                                                                                                    Box:Folder        Notes


Jonathan M. Berkey

When Killing Is Not Murder: The Politics of Wartime Identity in Virginia’s Lower Shenandoah Valley, 1865-1870

2001 March 16


With c.v.

Joan C. Browning

Mountaineers are [not] Always Free: Historical Rx for Healing with Local History by Combining and Reconciling European and African ‘Histories’ of Slavery and the Civil War

 2002 April 19



Ellen Eslinger

The Brief Career of Rufus W. Bailey, African Colonization Society Agent in Virginia

2001 April 20



Douglas Gomery

Moviegoing in the Shenandoah Valley: A Case Study of Place, Transportation, Audiences, Racism, Censorship & Blue Laws

2003 March 21



Timothy Hack

Shaping a Revolution: The County Committees in Virginia, 1774-776

2002 February 15


With abstract

Kevin R. Hardwick

Narratives of Villainy and Virtue in Early Virginia: Governor Francis Nicholson and the Character of the Good Ruler

2001 October 26



Warren R. Hofstra

“All Things Being Equal”: The Exchange Economy of the Early Shenandoah Valley

2002 September 20


With abstract

John C. Kincheloe

The Changing Nature of the Cherokee Trade: Cherokee and English Relations, 1673-1776

2003 January 17



Kenneth E. Koons

Laboring Classes in the Valley of Virginia during the Age of Grain

2003 April 18


With update to Figure 11

Creston S. Long

Corridor and Source: The Valley of Virginia and the Eighteenth-Century Migration to the Backcountry South

2003 February 21


With c.v.

John R. Maas

“But What Can I Do Without Men”: Nathanael Greene, Thomas Jefferson and the Mobilization of the Virginia Militia, 1780-1781

2003 November 21


With copy containing handwritten note and c.v.

Paul D. McDermott

The People of Elizabeth Hundred

2001 November 16


With abstract

Charles A. Miller

Ellen Glasgow’s Shenandoah Valley Novels: Learning from Literature

2003 October 24


With abstract and envelope containing note & computer disk

Lynn A. Nelson

‘The Coffey Gang’ and the Tye River Forks Community: Evolution of Yeoman Families in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, 1800-1860

2002 March 15


With abstract

Kip Redick

Wilderness and Communitas: Pilgrims on the Appalachian Trail NCA Panel: “New Radicals: Spiritual Communities and the Environment”

2001 October 22


With emailed abstract

Edward J. Redmond

The Mapmaker from Mount Vernon

2001 February 16


With abstract

Stacey L. Schneider

Deconstructing Legend: The Underground Railroad in Virginia

2002 January 18


With abstract

Patrick K. Spero

The Paxton Boy’s Pamphlet War and the Restructuring of Colonial Pennsylvania’s Political Landscape

2002 October 25



Dan Stickley

John Hindman, the Racing Parson

2001 January 19



Bradford Wineman

J.T.L. Preston, VMI and the Revolution in Virginia Education, 1834-1839

2003 September 19


With c.v. and emailed abstract


Box 5: Papers - 2004-2006                                                                                                     Box:Folder        Notes


Alison Bell & Laura J. Galke

Traces of Negotiation: Archaeological, Archival and Oral Historical Investigations into the Dynamics of Labor at the Longdale Mining Complex, c. 1827-1911

2005 March 18


With abstract

Thomas J. Christoffel

Community, Security and Regional Cooperation in the Shenandoah Valley

2004 February 20


PowerPoint slides with c.v.

Casey Clabough

Mysteries of the Shenandoah Valley: Following the Warrior’s Path

2006 September 15



Christopher M. Curtis

Jefferson’s Vision Altered: Charles Faulkner and the Legal Foundations of Agricultural Reform in the Shenandoah Valley

2004 March 19


With c.v.

Anne Denkler

African Americans and Slavery in Page County, Virginia

2005 October 14


Emailed abstract only

Sherman L. Fleek

Latter-Day Saints in Virginia and the Shenandoah Area

2006 October 20



Frank E. Grizzard, Jr.

Origin and Preservation of the George Washington Papers

2004 January 16


Published article with presentation abstract

Mary Ellen Henry

Institutionalizing the Valley Poor: the Rockbridge and Shenandoah Experience, 1870-1930

2004 October 22



Anna Elizabeth Kiefer

“Through an Almost Impenetrable Wood”’: Logistics and the British Army in North America

2006 November 17


U. of New Hampshire thesis

Geraldine Wojno Kiefer

The Sublimity of Battle, the Quietude of Remembrance: Paintings, Drawings, Maps and Photographs of the Shenandoah Valley as a Theater of War

2005 February 18


PowerPoint slides, exhibit brochure, and cd

Kenneth E.  Koons

Bonds of Family, Friendship, and Community: Social Life and Patterns of Leisure in the Nineteenth-Century Valley of Virginia

2006 February 17



Greg Lekavich

Serving the People: The Role of the Judiciary and Law Enforcement in Defining the Augusta County Ordinance

2005 April 15



Stephen Longenecker

Otelia’s Hoops: Gettysburg Dunkers and the Civil War

2005 November 18


With abstract

Sarah Meacham

“My Little Bird Is My Closest Friend”: Emotions and Petkeeping in Early Virginia

2006 March 17



Betsy Mendelsohn

Early Apple Growing on Apple Pie Ridge, 1900-1930

2004 November 19



Byron C. Smith

The Minnick-Zirkle Newtown Wagon: Its Rediscovery and Attribution

2005 September 16


With abstract

Scott Hamilton Suter

The Real Thing: Tradition and Technology in the Shenandoah Valley

2004 September 17


With emailed abstract

George Thompson

Publishing in the Valley

2006 January 20


Project proposal only

Catherine A. Tisinger

Phoenix Rising: A 20th Century Valley Tale, One Manufacturing Plant and Three Owners

2006 April 21




Box 6: Papers - 2007-2009                                                                                                      Box:Folder         Notes


Donna Dodenhoff

African Americans’ Pursuit of Citizenship in the Northern Shenandoah Valley: Reconstruction to the World War II Period

2009 April 17


With emailed abstract

Walter Ghant

“Colored” Teachers in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, 1900-1940: Pedagogy of Service and Learning

2008 February 15


With emailed abstract

Dale Harter

‘Hell No, We Won’t Go’ … Back: The Rockingham Rebellion, Spring 1862

2009 February 20


Emailed abstract only

Mary Ellen Henry

Shuttering the Poorhouse Door: Virginia’s Second District Home, 1927

2009 March 20



Warren Hofstra and Mike Foreman

Country Music and Cultural History in 1950s Winchester, Virginia. The Life and Times of Patsy Cline

2009 January 16


Abstract only

Wesley T. Joyner

Who Is Peter Francisco and Why Does He Matter?

2007 October 26


With book abstract

Geraldine Wojno Kiefer

Frances Benjamin Johnston and The Ladies’ Home Journal Visit the Country of Sheridan’s Ride

2007 September 21


PowerPoint slides and 2 cds

Kenneth E.  Koons

Processing the Bounty of Field and Forest: Manufacturing in the Nineteenth-Century Valley of Virginia

2007 February 16


With abstract

Charles A. Miller

The Classics in the Appalachians – The Case of the Shenandoah Valley

2008 April 18


With abstract

Ted Olson

Blue Ridge Folklife: The Region’s Most Distinctive Verbal, Customary, and Material Culture Traditions—Past, Present, and Future

2007 April 20


With ephemera (moved to admin. folder 2007) and emailed biography

Laura Ping

Life in a Divided City: Women in Winchester, VA During the Civil War

2007 March 16


Thesis with abstract and emailed biography

Scott Hamilton Suter

‘Steeped in the Traditions of the Past’: Material Culture and the Marketing of the Shenandoah Valley

2008 October 17



Matthew J. Trogdon

The Editors and the Insurrection: Political Rivalry and the Newspaper Reactions to Nat Turner’s Rebellion

2007 January 19


With abstract

Joseph W. A. Whitehorne

The Battle of Cedar Creek: Action Affecting Areas 1 and 5, Quarry Property

2008 September 19




Box 7: Papers – Pre-1995                                                                                                       Box:Folder          Notes


Terry Alford

John Wilkes Boothe and the John Brown Raid: An Episode and its Portents

1991 October 18


Contains email re: paper not to be copied/distributed until Dr. Alford’s book publication

Lisa Hill

Germanic Customs of the Easter Season: Folklore and Traditions

1990 August 10



Warren R. Hofstra

Domestic Architecture and the Early Shenandoah Valley

1992 February 20



Stephen L. Longnecker

Religion, Pluralism, and Democracy among Germans in the Shenandoah Valley, 1700-1850

1991 November 15



Scott H. Suter

Tradition and Progress in Nineteenth-Century Rockingham County: The Case of Emanuel Suter

1993 September 17



Gail S. Terry

“If it is Within My Power”: Women’s Experience In the Virginia Backcountry

1991 Januray 18



John R. Vineyard

Virginia’s Conestoga: Defining Shenandoah Freight Wagons, 1750-1850

1992 September 16



James W. Wilson

The Mossy Creek Iron Works

1994 February 14



Nate Yoder

Virginia Mennonites: From Traditionalists to Fundamentalists

1994 January 24