Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Records, 1990-2009

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar
Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Records
Collection No.:
SC 0205
5 boxes, 1.65 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
This collection consists of administrative records and papers by scholars from colleges, libraries and other institutions for the monthly presentations of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar (SVRSS). The collection contains financial records, announcements, correspondence, information about presenters, and academic papers.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Records, 1990-2009, SC 0205, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Administrative History

The Shenandoah Regional Studies Seminar (SVRSS) has been held during the academic year since 1988, usually at James Madison University. Papers presented have covered a wide range of historical and regional subjects from colonial developments to the details of rural life in the twentieth century. The primary goal of SVRSS has been to provide an informed and interested audience for scholars from a variety of fields such as history, archaeology, geography, folklore, and ethnography. SVRSS provides a regular forum for scholars and attendees at which to consider topics of regional interest, pertinent, but not restricted, to the Shenandoah Valley. SVRSS met monthly during the academic year, at least through the spring of 2017. Beginning in the fall of 2017, the schedule and location of SVRSS became less concrete with lectures occurring just once per semester at the Frontier Culture Museum in Stauton, Virginia.

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Scope and Content

The Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Records, 1990-2009, includes administrative records and scholarly papers organized by academic year. Some years represented in the collection have limited contents. The bulk of the collection consists of material that was distributed to a select group, likely previous SVRSS attendees and other interested persons, before a presentation. These materials generally include a copy of an academic paper with information on the presenter. The collection includes files for most of the presentations from 1995 to 2009. Additional SVRSS papers were collected prior to 1995 (and prior to the donation) by the then Special Collections Librarian. These papers were added to the collection.

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The collection is arranged into two series:

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1995-2009

Series 2: Papers, 1990-2009

Series 1 is arranged chronologically by academic year. Series 2 is arranged into subseries according to academic year and further arranged alphabetically by author's surname.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. 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.For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated in 2008 by Joseph Whitehorne, one of the organizers of SVRSS and a faculty member at Lord Fairfax Community College. Several papers were added after the initial donation.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5027.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Related Materials

Related Material

Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar Collection, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.

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Index Terms


  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar -- Records and correspondence
  • Shenandoah Valley Regional Studies Seminar -- History -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1995-2009

Title/Description Instances
Administrative Records, 1995-1996 box 1 folder 1
Administrative Records, 1996-1997 box 1 folder 2
Administrative Records, 1997-1998 box 1 folder 3
Administrative Records, 1998-1999 box 1 folder 4
Administrative Records, 1999-2000 box 1 folder 5
Administrative Records, 2000-2001 box 1 folder 6
Administrative Records, 2001-2002 box 1 folder 7
Administrative Records, 2002-2003 box 1 folder 8
Administrative Records, 2003-2004 box 1 folder 9
Administrative Records, 2004-2005 box 1 folder 10
Administrative Records, 2005-2006 box 1 folder 11
Administrative ephemera filed with Olson paper, 2007 box 1 folder 12
Administrative Records, 2008-2009 box 1 folder 13

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Series 2: Papers, 1990-2009

Subseries 2.1: Papers, 1995-1997

Title/Description Instances
Joan C. Browning, Getting to the Springs of Virginia: A Survey of Transportation from Horse-Litter to Concord Coach , April 18, 1997 box 1 folder 14
Robert Calhoun, The Southern Back Country Origins of Political Moderation in America, September 19, 1997

With "Political Moderation as an Anglo-American Ideology"

box 1 folder 15
Thomas Costa, Paradise on the Clinch? Land Speculators and the Early Settlement of Russell County, March 21, 1997 box 1 folder 16
Ann Denkler, How Others See Each Other: Skyland and the Mountain Culture, April 19, 1996

Short description of project only

box 1 folder 17
Christine Devine, Crossroads of Exchange: Anglo-Indian Diplomacy and Trade in Northern Carolina, October 17, 1997

With CV

box 1 folder 18
J. Brooks Flippen, The Promise of Late Antebellum Rockbridge: Overtaken by Events, February 16, 1996 box 1 folder 19
Ben Fordney, Two Generals in Blue: The Reconstruction Policies of Generals John Schofield and George Stone[man] in Virginia, 1866-1969, May 17, 1996 box 1 folder 20
John Frantz, The Religious Development of the Early German Settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, November 15, 1996

With published copy in "Pennsylvania History" 2001

box 1 folder 21
Timothy Hanson, Cultural Commerce: Scottish Immigrants, Trade and Politics in 18th Century North Carolina, January 17, 1997 box 2 folder 1
Dean Herrin, Breaking the Stillness?: The Coal Industry and the Transformation of Appalachian Virginia, 1880-1920, November 17, 1995 box 2 folder 2
Christine Hoepfner, The Shenandoah National Park Displacements: Stories from Swift Run Gap, October 20, 1995 box 2 folder 3
Andrew C. Holman, Professional Gentlemen…and Others: Rural Practitioners and the Transformation of the Medical Community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, 1840-1890, January 19, 1996 box 2 folder 4
Audrey Horning, Material Culture and the Mountain Folk Image: Archaeological Explorations in Virginia's Blue Ridge, September 20, 1996 box 2 folder 5
David C. Hsiung, Death on the Juniata: Indian-White Relations in Colonial Pennsylvania, October 18, 1996 box 2 folder 6
David James Kiracofe, Claypole's Rebellion: Patriotism and Treason in a Virginia Backcountry Community, 1781-1782, May 16, 1997 box 2 folder 7
Ann McCleary, Reassessing the Home Demonstration Program and its Impact on Rural Women and Communities: A Case Study of Augusta County, November 21, 1997

Several chapters from her dissertation only

box 2 folder 8
L. Daniel Mouer, Rebecca's Children: New Myths and Old Myths about Indians and Virginia's History, February 21, 1997 box 2 folder 9
Sheila Phipps, Of Necessity: Salt on the Virginia Frontier, 1750-1815, September 16, 1995 box 2 folder 10
J. Suzanne Simmons, The Intersection of the Freed Black and Slave Communities in Augusta County, Virginia, March 15, 1996 box 2 folder 11
Nancy Sorrells, A Christian Soldier for the Confederacy: Fighting the Civil War on the Home Front, December 8, 1995

Thesis chapter only

box 2 folder 12

Subseries 2.2: Papers, 1998-2000

Title/Description Instances
Bea Naff Bailey, A Mission from Within: The Phoebe Needles Memorial School, April 21, 2000 box 2 folder 13
Charles Ballard, Dismissing the Peculiar Institution: Assessing Slavery in Page and Rockingham Counties, Virginia, April 17, 1998 box 2 folder 14
Chris Bolgiano, Tanbark Harvesting as an Economic and Environmental Factor in Appalachia, January 22, 1999 box 2 folder 15
Leila O. W. Boyer, Frederick County Probate Inventories, 1744-1754, February 20, 1998 box 2 folder 16
Seth C. Bruggeman, The Shenandoah River Gundalow and the Politics of Material Reuse, February 18, 2000 box 2 folder 17
A. Glenn Crothers, "To Make Our Youth Intimately Acquainted with their Country": Public Culture and the Diffusion of Knowledge in Post-Revolutionary Northern Virginia, April 16, 1999

With CV

box 2 folder 18
Philip D. Dillard, Confederate Nationalism Meets Philip Sheridan, September 15, 2000 box 2 folder 19
John Fea, Rethinking a Classic Source of Plantation Virginia: A Note on Morals, Sociability, and Reading in the Writings of Philip Vickers Fithian, March 20, 1998

With CV

box 2 folder 20
Jamie L. Ferguson, Lunatics on the West Side: Dr. Francis Stribling and the Western Lunatic Asylum, November 17, 2000 box 2 folder 21
Clarence R. Geier, What Went Ye Into the Wilderness to See? Military Fortification and Troop Deployment at Fort Edward Johnson, Shenandoah Mountain, April 1862, October 15, 1999 box 2 folder 22
George H. Gilliam and William G. Thomas, The Ground Beneath Our Feet. Pilot Episode: The New Deal Comes to Virginia, September 18, 1998

Video script with abstract and 2 CVs

box 2 folder 23
Philip A. Grant Jr., President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Dedication of the Shenandoah National Park, October 20, 2000 box 2 folder 24
Dale F. Harter, The Memoirs of John T. Harris, U.S. Congressman, 1859-1861, 1871-1881: Reliable Record or Random Recollections, October 16, 1998

Includes timeline and pictures

box 3 folder 1
Kevin L. Harter, Shenandoah Valley String Music, January 21, 2000

With CV

box 3 folder 2
John L. Heatwole, Witch Lore of the Mountains and Valleys of the Virginias, March 17, 2000 box 3 folder 3
Trenton E. Hizer, The Reform Movement and the Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1829-1830, March 19, 1999

With CV

box 3 folder 4
Christian B. Keller, Old Germans and New Germans: Differing Attitudes of Persons of German Descent in Pennsylvania and Virginia during the Civil War, May 21, 1999

With CV

box 3 folder 5
Stephen Longenecker, The Parameters of Presbyterian Outsiderness in the Shenandoah Valley, 1776-1861, September 17, 1999

With CV

box 3 folder 6
Paul D. McDermott, Conococheague Manor: A Study of Early Frontier Settlement in the Backcountry, November 19, 1999

With CV statement

box 3 folder 7
Nancy Sorrells, Muley Cows & Sandy Sows: An Analysis of the Augusta County Estray Books, 1775-1815, January 16, 1998 box 3 folder 8
Jewel Spangler, "A Spring Seald, A Fountain Shut Up?": Evangelicals and Community in Southampton County, Virginia, 1774-1802, November 20, 1998 box 3 folder 9
Danielle M. Torisky, Feeding the Family: Home Front Challenges in Civil War Virginia, February 19, 1999 box 3 folder 10
Joseph W. A. Whitehorne, "Baptists and Yams Did Not Grow Well in the Shenandoah Valley": Regional Differences in the Baptist Movement in Colonial Virginia, May 15, 1998 box 3 folder 11

Subseries 2.3: Papers, 2001-2003

Title/Description Instances
Jonathan M. Berkey, When Killing Is Not Murder: The Politics of Wartime Identity in Virginia's Lower Shenandoah Valley, 1865-1870, March 16, 2001

With CV

box 3 folder 12
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, April 19, 2002 box 3 folder 13
Ellen Eslinger, The Brief Career of Rufus W. Bailey, African Colonization Society Agent in Virginia, April 20, 2001 box 3 folder 14
Douglas Gomery, Moviegoing in the Shenandoah Valley: A Case Study of Place, Transportation, Audiences, Racism, Censorship & Blue Laws, March 21, 2003 box 3 folder 15
Timothy Hack, Shaping a Revolution: The County Committees in Virginia, 1774-776, February 15, 2002

With abstract

box 3 folder 16
Kevin R. Hardwick, Narratives of Villainy and Virtue in Early Virginia: Governor Francis Nicholson and the Character of the Good Ruler, October 26, 2001 box 3 folder 17
Warren R. Hofstra, "All Things Being Equal": The Exchange Economy of the Early Shenandoah Valley, September 20, 2002

With abstract

box 3 folder 18
John C. Kincheloe, The Changing Nature of the Cherokee Trade: Cherokee and English Relations, 1673-1776, January 17, 2003 box 3 folder 19
Kenneth E. Koons,Laboring Classes in the Valley of Virginia during the Age of Grain, April 18, 2003

With update to Figure 11

box 3 folder 20
Creston S. Long, Corridor and Source: The Valley of Virginia and the Eighteenth-Century Migration to the Backcountry South, February 21, 2003

With CV

box 3 folder 21
John R. Maas, "But What Can I Do Without Men": Nathanael Greene, Thomas Jefferson and the Mobilization of the Virginia Militia, 1780-1781, November 21, 2003

With copy containing handwritten note and CV

box 3 folder 22
Paul D. McDermott, The People of Elizabeth Hundred, November 16, 2001

With abstract

box 3 folder 23
Charles A. Miller, Ellen Glasgow's Shenandoah Valley Novels: Learning from Literature, October 24, 2003

With abstract and envelope containing note and computer disk

box 3 folder 24
Lynn A. Nelson, 'The Coffey Gang' and the Tye River Forks Community: Evolution of Yeoman Families in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, 1800-1860, March 15, 2002

With abstract

box 4 folder 1
Kip Redick, Wilderness and Communitas: Pilgrims on the Appalachian Trail NCA Panel: "New Radicals: Spiritual Communities and the Environment", October 22, 2001

With emailed abstract

box 4 folder 2
Edward J. Redmond, The Mapmaker from Mount Vernon, February 16, 2001

With abstract

box 4 folder 3
Stacey L. Schneider, Deconstructing Legend: The Underground Railroad in Virginia, January 18, 2002

With abstract

box 4 folder 4
Patrick K. Spero, The Paxton Boy's Pamphlet War and the Restructuring of Colonial Pennsylvania's Political Landscape, October 25, 2002 box 4 folder 5
Dan Stickley, John Hindman, the Racing Parson, January 19, 2001 box 4 folder 6
Bradford Wineman, J.T.L. Preston, VMI and the Revolution in Virginia Education, 1834-1839, September 19, 2003

With CV and emailed abstract

box 4 folder 7

Subseries 2.4: Papers, 2004-2006

Title/Description Instances
Alison Bell and Laura J. Galke, Traces of Negotiation: Archaeological, Archival and Oral Historical Investigations into the Dynamics of Labor at the Longdale Mining Complex, ca. 1827-1911, March 18, 2005

With abstract

box 4 folder 8
Thomas J. Christoffel, Community, Security and Regional Cooperation in the Shenandoah Valley, February 20, 2004

PowerPoint slides with CV

box 4 folder 9
Casey Clabough, Mysteries of the Shenandoah Valley: Following the Warrior's Path, September 15, 2006 box 4 folder 10
Christopher M. Curtis, Jefferson's Vision Altered: Charles Faulkner and the Legal Foundations of Agricultural Reform in the Shenandoah Valley, March 19, 2004

With CV

box 4 folder 11
Anne Denkler, African Americans and Slavery in Page County, Virginia, October 14, 2005

Emailed abstract only

box 4 folder 12
Sherman L. Fleek, Latter-Day Saints in Virginia and the Shenandoah Area, October 20, 2006 box 4 folder 13
Frank E. Grizzard Jr., Origin and Preservation of the George Washington Papers, January 16, 2004

Published article with presentation abstract

box 4 folder 14
Mary Ellen Henry, Institutionalizing the Valley Poor: the Rockbridge and Shenandoah Experience, 1870-1930, October 22, 2004 box 4 folder 15
Anna Elizabeth Kiefer, "Through an Almost Impenetrable Wood"': Logistics and the British Army in North America, November 17, 2006

University of New Hampshire thesis

box 4 folder 16
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, February 18, 2005

PowerPoint slides, exhibit brochure, and CD

box 4 folder 17
Kenneth E. Koons, Bonds of Family, Friendship, and Community: Social Life and Patterns of Leisure in the Nineteenth-Century Valley of Virginia, February 17, 2006 box 4 folder 18
Greg Lekavich,Serving the People: The Role of the Judiciary and Law Enforcement in Defining the Augusta County Ordinance, April 15, 2005 box 4 folder 19
Stephen Longenecker, Otelia's Hoops: Gettysburg Dunkers and the Civil War, November 18, 2005

With abstract

box 4 folder 20
Sarah Meacham, "My Little Bird Is My Closest Friend": Emotions and Petkeeping in Early Virginia, March 17, 2006 box 4 folder 21
Betsy Mendelsohn, Early Apple Growing on Apple Pie Ridge, 1900-1930, November 19, 2004 box 4 folder 22
Byron C. Smith, The Minnick-Zirkle Newtown Wagon: Its Rediscovery and Attribution, September 16, 2005

With abstract

box 4 folder 23
Scott Hamilton Suter, The Real Thing: Tradition and Technology in the Shenandoah Valley, September 17, 2004

With emailed abstract

box 4 folder 24
George Thompson, Publishing in the Valley, January 20, 2006

Project proposal only

box 4 folder 25
Catherine A. Tisinger, Phoenix Rising: A 20th Century Valley Tale, One Manufacturing Plant and Three Owners, April 21, 2006 box 4 folder 26

Subseries 2.5: Papers, 2007-2009

Title/Description Instances
Donna Dodenhoff, African Americans' Pursuit of Citizenship in the Northern Shenandoah Valley: Reconstruction to the World War II Period, April 17, 2009

With emailed abstract

box 4 folder 27
Walter Ghant, "Colored" Teachers in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, 1900-1940: Pedagogy of Service and Learning, February 15, 2008

With emailed abstract

box 5 folder 1
Dale Harter, 'Hell No, We Won't Go' … Back: The Rockingham Rebellion, Spring 1862, February 20, 2009

Emailed abstract only

box 5 folder 2
Mary Ellen Henry, Shuttering the Poorhouse Door: Virginia's Second District Home, 1927, March 20, 2009 box 5 folder 3
Warren Hofstra and Mike Foreman, Country Music and Cultural History in 1950s Winchester, Virginia. The Life and Times of Patsy Cline, January 16, 2009

Abstract only

box 5 folder 4
Wesley T. Joyner, Who Is Peter Francisco and Why Does He Matter?, October 26, 2007

With book abstract

box 5 folder 5
Geraldine Wojno Kiefer, Frances Benjamin Johnston and The Ladies' Home Journal Visit the Country of Sheridan's Ride, September 21, 2007

PowerPoint slides and 2 CDs

box 5 folder 6
Kenneth E. Koons, Processing the Bounty of Field and Forest: Manufacturing in the Nineteenth-Century Valley of Virginia, February 16, 2007

With abstract

box 5 folder 7
Charles A. Miller, The Classics in the Appalachians – The Case of the Shenandoah Valley, April 18, 2008

With abstract

box 5 folder 8
Ted Olson, Blue Ridge Folklife: The Region's Most Distinctive Verbal, Customary, and Material Culture Traditions—Past, Present, and Future, April 20, 2007

With ephemera (moved to Administrative Records 2007) and emailed biography

box 5 folder 9
Laura Ping, Life in a Divided City: Women in Winchester, VA During the Civil War, March 16, 2007

Thesis with abstract and emailed biography

box 5 folder 10
Scott Hamilton Suter, 'Steeped in the Traditions of the Past': Material Culture and the Marketing of the Shenandoah Valley, October 17, 2008 box 5 folder 11
Matthew J. Trogdon, The Editors and the Insurrection: Political Rivalry and the Newspaper Reactions to Nat Turner's Rebellion, January 19, 2007

With abstract

box 5 folder 12
Joseph W. A. Whitehorne, The Battle of Cedar Creek: Action Affecting Areas 1 and 5, Quarry Property, September 19, 2008 box 5 folder 13

Subseries 2.6: Papers, 1990-1994

Title/Description Instances
Terry Alford, John Wilkes Boothe and the John Brown Raid: An Episode and its Portents, October 18, 1991

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

box 5 folder 14
Lisa Hill, Germanic Customs of the Easter Season: Folklore and Traditions, August 10, 1990 box 5 folder 15
Warren R. Hofstra, Domestic Architecture and the Early Shenandoah Valley, February 20, 1992 box 5 folder 16
Stephen L. Longnecker, Religion, Pluralism, and Democracy among Germans in the Shenandoah Valley, 1700-1850, November 15, 1991 box 5 folder 17
Scott H. Suter, Tradition and Progress in Nineteenth-Century Rockingham County: The Case of Emanuel Suter, September 17, 1993 box 5 folder 18
Gail S. Terry,"If it is Within My Power": Women's Experience In the Virginia Backcountry, January 18, 1991 box 5 folder 19
John R. Vineyard, Virginia's Conestoga: Defining Shenandoah Freight Wagons, 1750-1850, September 16, 1992 box 5 folder 20
James W. Wilson, The Mossy Creek Iron Works, February 14, 1994 box 5 folder 21
Nate Yoder, Virginia Mennonites: From Traditionalists to Fundamentalists, January 24, 1994 box 5 folder 22

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