2020 Mostly Virtual Lecture Series

The Origins of American Frontier Culture

For 2020, the Museum’s Annual Lecture Series is being expanded to a yearlong program that will explore the origins of American culture as it developed here in the Shenandoah Valley. 

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel and group gatherings, the majority of our 2020 Lecture Series will be delivered virtually.  Lectures will occur about once a week, and will be posted on this webpage and our YouTube Channel.


The Lecture Series is funded by a grant from

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Tuesday, January 21: 7:00 pm

Frontier Iron: Historical Iron-Making On The Frontier
Norm Scott, Author & Independent Scholar

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Tuesday, February 18: 7:00 pm

Farms, Mills, and Shops:  An Overview of Economic Activity in the Shenandoah Valley, 1750-1850
Ken Koons, Professor of History, Virginia Military Institute 

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Lecture #3

Border Wars: The Pennsylvania/Virginia Boundary Controversy

Robert Dunkerly, NPS Park Ranger


Lecture # 4

Unfree Labor in early English Virginia

Steven A. Harris-Scott, George Mason University

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Postponed – Virtual Date TBD

Revisiting Virginia’s Frontier Icon: Black Lives at Natural Bridge, from Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, to The Green Book

Eric Wilson, Rockbridge Historical Society

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Postponed – Virtual Date TBD

Forging an American Identity Through Clay: Ceramics and the Early American Frontier

Brenda Hornsby Heindl, Independent Scholar

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Postponed – Virtual Date TBD

Death of the Cemetery: An Assessment of Historic Family Plots in Augusta County, VA

Rachel Sites, FCMV Historical Interpreter and Independent Scholar

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Postponed – Virtual Date TBD

Moonshine – Blue Ridge Style: The History and Culture of Untaxed Liquor in the Mountains of Virginia

Bethany Worley, Blue Ridge Institute and Museum

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