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Deyerle Lecture Series 2017

Every fall, the Massanutten Regional Library is pleased to present the annual Deyerle Lecture Series on Local History. The series is held at the Central Library in downtown Harrisonburg at 7pm on Thursday nights in October. The Deyerle Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of the Deyerle family, in honor of their parents, Dr. Henry P. and Mary Elizabeth Deyerle. These lectures features local historians, scholars and area experts who explore a broad range of subjects surrounding the history of the central Shenandoah Valley. This year’s theme is “Stories of the Valley.”

October 5 @ 7 PM
“The Rural Co-op Film: Pare Lorentz & the New Deal Documentary in Rockingham County”
This program will feature a screening of The Rural Co-op, a documentary filmed in Rockingham County circa 1940-49. Directed by Pare Lorentz, who came to be known as “FDR’s Moviemaker,” the 20-minute film shows how farmers in Rockingham County improved their businesses by forming cooperative enterprises. Following the film, Professor Shaun Wright from the JMU School of Media Arts & Design will discuss Pare Lorentz, filmmaking and the depiction of the local life of Rockingham County.

October 12 @ 7 PM
“From Hillbillies to Hippies: How Rock & Roll Developed in the Shenandoah Valley”
Local author Steve Strosnider will discuss his recent book Tales from the Bandstand. The book covers rock music in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1950s & 1960s through stories, interviews, and photographs of the bands that comprised the early rock & roll music scene during those formative years.

October 19 @ 7 PM
“Haunted History of Harrisonburg”
This program features Lisa Ha, founder of and guide for Haunted Harrisonburg Ghost Tours. There is more to a good ghost story than unexplained bumps in the night and mysterious translucent beings. Ghost stories teach history to captivated audiences, revealing much about a culture’s values surrounding living, dying, love, and trauma. During the evening, Ha will share local superstitions, tales of hauntings, and the art of keeping the undead portion of Harrisonburg’s oral tradition alive.

October 26 @ 7 PM
“Clothes Talk: Lend Them Your Ears”
Clothes speak volumes; they are unassuming repositories of information about us and the world around us. Cracking the code  by sleuthing the seams is as exciting as any good mystery book and leads the “reader” to every section of a full library. Join us for our final program as Pamela Johnson, Professor of Theatre: Costume Design at JMU, discusses and displays local historical clothes and trends, including clothing from the Deyerle family.

Remember all events hosted by Massanutten Regional Library, including the Deyerle Program Series on Local History, are free and open to the public, and you do not need a library card to attend. We hope to see you Thursdays this October.