Shenandoah Room COVID-19 Reopening
We are happy to announce that our Shenandoah Room research facility will reopen by appointment starting Wednesday, October 21 2020.
Appointments will be available between the hours of Noon and 4:00PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Researchers may reserve either 1 or 2 hour periods depending on availability.
The following guidelines must be followed by all researchers:
- Only 2 researchers and one computer user will be allowed in the Shenandoah Room at any one time. If immediate family members wish to conduct research together, staff may increase the number of individuals allowed in the Shenandoah Room
- 1 computer will be available for research purposes. 1 hour appointments can be made to use the computer to access Ancestry.com, Family Search, or other relevant databases.
- All researchers will be expected to remain seated within an established area while in the Shenandoah Room
- Books and archival material will be pulled beforehand.
- No browsing will be allowed and no materials will be pulled during an individual’s visit to the Shenandoah Room unless extenuating circumstances exist. Approved local history site volunteers/staff may be granted permission to browse and pull items by library staff
- Microfilm will be available. Reels must be requested in advance. The machine may be pre-loaded, but no additional microfilm assistance will be provided
- Limits may be placed on the number of items that can be requested
- Research etiquette
- All researchers will be required to sign in upon arrival. This shall certify they understand all rules imposed during COVID-19
- All research rules will be posted in the entranceway, at the research tables, and online. Rules will also be explained when individuals make appointments.
- No pencils, scrap paper, or other items will be provided.
- All researchers must wash their hands before entering the Shenandoah Room
- No hand sanitizer will be allowed in the Shenandoah Room
- Gloves (provided) will be worn when utilizing archival materials
- Researchers will be assigned a research table and should remain at their table at all times
- Proper social distancing must be observed at all times
- Masks must be worn by researchers at all times when in the Shenandoah Room
Access to the collection may be denied to those failing to follow our COVID-19 guidelines.
Appointments should be made by contacting Archivist Zachary Hottel at (540)984-8200 between the hours of 10:00AM and 5:00PM, Monday-Friday.
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.
If you are visiting us to conduct genealogical research, we recommend you browse our Family Folder Collection.
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. You can submit materials directly to our collection at http://archives.countylib.org/contribution
We are also currently conducting a community survey to collect information about the community during this difficult time.
You can complete it at https://forms.gle/u9BSdfroqpbQw9J28