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Deyerle Program Series on Local History

Each year the Massanutten Regional Library presents an interesting four part series of programs celebrating Shenandoah Valley Heritage, made possible through the generosity of the Deyerle Family.

The 2017 series, presented on Thursday evenings in October at 7 PM, will focus on Stories of the Valley.

Thursday, October 5 – The Rural Co-op Film: Pare Lorentz & the New Deal Documentary in Rockingham County

This program will feature 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 film shows how farmers in Rockingham County improved their businesses by forming cooperative enterprises. JMU Professor Shaun Wright will lead a short discussion following the showing of the film.

Thursday, October 12 – 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.

Thursday, October 19 – Haunted History of Harrisonburg

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. This program will feature Lisa Ha, founder of and guide for Haunted Harrisonburg Ghost Tours, who will share local superstitions, tales of hauntings, and the art of keeping the undead portion of Harrisonburg’s oral tradition alive.

Thursday, October 26 – 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, sleuthing the seams is as exciting as any good mystery book and leads the “reader” to every section of a full library. Joins us for our final program as Dr. Pam Johnson, Professor of Theatre: Costume Design at JMU, discusses and displays local historical clothes and trends including clothing from the Deyerle family.