Each Monday we will highlight one of these gaps and why the person, place, or thing mentioned is important to our community's history. Community members are invited to respond by contacting Archivist Zachary Hottel at (540)984-8200 to arrange a donation of related materials including documents, photographs, ephemera, etc. so we can better serve local historians interested in our area's past.
For the firs Missing Monday (11-18-19) we are highlighting Aileen, a textile producer who operated in Shenandoah County from the 1950s to the 1990s. With plants in four county towns, Aileen was a major employers before declaring bankruptcy and suddenly closing its plants in 1994-1995. With hundreds of employees, the company was a major part of the county's economic, social, and cultural fabric. The Truban Archives is looking to collect items from employees of the plant including pictures of buildings, workers, and activities, and any documents related to Aileen either before or after its closing. All items should be in reasonable condition and will be transferred to the Truban Archives.