On Tuesday, February 25th the Shenandoah County Library will host its annual Black History Month Program. This year's event will feature Archivist Zachary Hottel who will discuss the library's efforts to identify enslaved persons in Shenandoah County and who will share the biographies of several slaves who called our area home.

The program will be held at the Shenandoah County Library's activity room starting at 6:30PM. It is free and open to the public.


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."

To fulfill this mission we continue to to operate the Shenandoah Room and the Truban Archives under the direction of our Archivist Zachary Hottel. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.g or via phone at (540)984-8200 for any questions regarding these collections or research. Before visiting, be sure to review our visiting page. 

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.

Individuals are usually available to provide assistance Monday through Friday, 10:00AM-5:30PM and on Saturdays by appointment. It is recommended you contact us in advance to ensure someone will be available to assist you. Requests must be made to Archivist Zachary Hottel via email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone (540)984-8200. 

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. 

You can learn more about our collections, and the restrictions placed on them, by visiting our Shenandoah Room and Truban Archives pages. 

Before visiting the library we recommend you explore our catalog to search for available materials. Learn more about conducting a catalog sear on our Shenandoah Room page. 

If you are visiting us to conduct genealogical research, we recommend you browse our Family Folder Collection