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S18B4 Shenandoah Memories: The History of a Special Place

It was America's first melting pot and a gateway to the West. In fact, early on, the Shenandoah Valley was America's Wild West. Meet the people who settled the land between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains and discover the way of life that they created. Scotch-Irish, Germans, English, African Americans and others all contributed to the unique agriculture, food, housing and lifestyles that shaped the Shenandoah Valley culture. Learn about the importance of distilling to the Valley, discover holiday traditions such as belsnickling, and learn about the great cattle drives that sometimes went awry.

Instructor: Nancy Sorrells is a historian specializing in local history, especially agricultural and social history of the Shenandoah Valley. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Bridgewater College and a master's degree in local, regional, and state history from JMU. She has worked for several museums as a living historian and researcher.

Suggested Reading: Portals to Shenandoah Valley Folkways edited by Dorothy Boyd-Bragg and John Heatwole. Published by Lot's Wife Publishing, 2005. It is NOT required, but Sorrells will make the book available for $10.


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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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