2020 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 website and our YouTube Channel.  

Lecture #9

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

Eric Wilson
Executive Director, Rockbridge Historical Society; Director for History Museums, Virginia Association of Museums

Lecture Abstract & Video
Released: January 11, 2021

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Lecture #8

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

Bethany Worley
Director, Blue Ridge Institute and Museum

Lecture Abstract & Video
Released: January 8, 2021

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Lecture #7

Road to Everywhere, Road to Nowhere: Exploring Later Use of the Great Wagon Road on the Westmoreland Farm, Winston-Salem, NC

Rachel Sites, PhD
Historical Interpreter & Independent Scholar

Lecture Abstract & Video
Released: January 5, 2021

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Lecture #6

Moonshine in the Making? Exploring the role of alcohol in early modern Ulster and the American backcountry

Audrey Horning,
College of William & Mary

Lecture Abstract & Video
Released: December 30, 2020

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Lecture #5

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

Brenda Hornsby Heindl,
Independent Scholar

Lecture Abstract & Video
Released: December 8, 2020

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Lecture #4

Unfree Labor in early English Virginia

Steven A. Harris-Scott, George Mason University

Lecture Abstract & Video
Released: November 10, 2020

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Lecture #3

Border Wars: The Pennsylvania/Virginia Boundary Controversy

Robert Dunkerly, NPS Park Ranger

Lecture Abstract & Video
Released: October 22, 2020

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Lecture #2


Farms, Mills, and Shops:  An Overview of Economic Activity in the Shenandoah Valley, 1750-1850

Ken Koons, Professor of History, Virginia Military Institute 

Lecture Abstract & Videos
Recorded: February 18: 7:00 pm

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Lecture #1

Frontier Iron: Historical Iron-Making On The Frontier

Norm Scott, Author & Independent Scholar

Lecture Abstract & Video
Recorded: Tuesday, January 21: 7:00 pm

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The Lecture Series is funded by a grant from

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Hotel Accommodations For Guest Lecturers Provided by

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