Share your COVID-19 Experience
The Shenandoah County Library is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in keeping a record of their lives during this unprecedented time.
Individuals are invited to participate by starting a journal, either physical or digital, and then donating their record to the county library to be preserved as part of our county's historic narrative. We also are encourage local photographers to capture images of how their communities are affected by COVID-19.
Records should include information about everyday lives, activities, etc. and can be any length or in various mediums, including a written journal, digital productions, stories, art, poetry, or videos.
Remember, there is no "best way" to keep a journal or record, instead it is designed to be a personal account of your life during this interesting period in our lives. The goal of any record should be to observe what is going on in your life, both related to COVID-19 and otherwise.
Anyone who is interested should contact the library and share their email for our journal contact list. Individuals will be contacted on a regular basis, approximately once a month, to make sure everything is going well and so the library can provide support. Then, once the public health situation has abated, library staff will contact each participant to secure a copy of produced materials for our collection. Restrictions may be placed on materials to limit their public access after donation if the author so desires.
We are also currently conducting a community survey to collect information about the community during this difficult time. You can complete it at https://bit.ly/3fOS8xC
When it was founded in 1984, the Shenandoah County Library committed itself to providing the resources our community needs to understand its history. To do this the library developed a collection of published local history works, microfilm, maps, and other works. In 2001 we moved to our current facility and a generous donation by Dr. William Truban allowed us to add an Archives. This helped us expand our collection to include photographs, primary sources, and rare books. Today, we remain committed to our mission of "collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Shenandoah County."
We are always looking to expand the size of our collection. Primarily we gather new materials through donations from individuals, businesses, and community groups. Our collection focuses on Shenandoah County and the Shenandoah Valley, and we are especially interested in any type of local history materials including letters, photographs, ledgers, maps, drawings, cards, etc. Contact Archivist Zachary Hottel to discuss a possible donation.
We also invite you to help us better understand the history of our local businesses and ensure their story is not lost. Please complete a brief survey about any business's you remember or are currently involved with at our Business History Project.
The Shenandoah Room and Truban Archives local history collections are located at the Shenandoah County Library, 514 Stoney Creek Blvd. Edinburg Virginia.
Most of our local history collection is available during regular library hours. However, materials in our closed collections are only available when our archivist or a volunteer is on duty. Please contact us in advance of your visit.
Please not we are unable to provide a research service. Research requests are handled by the Shenandoah County Historical Society. More information at http://www.shenandoahcountyhistoricalsociety.org/ or (540)459-1795.
If you are visiting us to conduct genealogical research, we recommend you browse our Family Folder Collection.