NCHS participated in the debut of the Museum Expo at the Town Centre Park in Kilmarnock on April 15. The event, which was hosted by the Kilmarnock Museum, featured museums from the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula and is planned to be an annual event.
Bruce Craig at the NCHS table at the Museum Expo. Bruce, Margaret Forrester, and Richard Covington talked to many interested visitors about NCHS, solicited some memberships, and sold some books.
NCHS had two representatives to the third annual Author Expo which was co-hosted by the Lancaster Community Library and the Lancaster Virginia Historical Society on July 8.
Richard Covington and Margaret Forrester enjoyed displaying their work and interacting with other authors and the public.
NCHS held its annual business meeting for members and guests on Saturday, July 29. The year 2023 was a special year for NCHS. The organization celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its founding in 1963 and the 45th anniversary of the dedication of its Heathsville facility, the Ball Memorial Library and Museum, on July 29, 1978.
As is customary, the meeting convened at 10:30 AM. Deborah Bingham, Clerk of the Northumberland County Circuit Court, made a presentation regarding the clerk’s role in the storage, preservation, and restoration of county records. Following a lunch break from noon until 1:30 PM Alva Jackson, owner of Ma Margaret’s House B & B spoke about the Hidden History Trail that is being planned to raise awareness of the contributions of the Black community to the county’s history.
On Sunday, October 22, photographer Michael Joseph Wade presented his work at the fall meeting. Mr. Wade is a semi-retired photographer who is preserving history by photographing the rapidly disappearing historic landmarks that are found along the rural roads of Virginia. He has an extensive portfolio of old houses, barns, stores, churches, schools, and other structures and a lot of interesting stories to go with them.
Michael Wade with the abandoned Odd Fellows Lodge building on Sunnybank Road near Reedville in the background.