Hoyle Garber photo viewing party is Saturday

The Mount Jackson Museum and the Shenandoah County Library will  hosting  “Through the Lens of Hoyle Garber: A Photograph  Viewing Party” at the Mount Jackson Town Hall on Saturday.

Zach Hottel, archivist for the Shenandoah County Library System, said this event is not only rich in community culture but showcases the Northern Shenandoah Valley in a new light through photography.

“William Hoyle Garber was a well known photographer in the Mount Jackson community,” Hottel said. “He was known for his photographs of community events, buildings, aerial views and everyday life.”

Garber’s collection of photographs dates back to the early 1940s and 1950s and showcases a snapshot of what life was like in the community. The photographs span the valley from the northern part of Rockingham County to Woodstock and Harrisonburg.

Hottel said the photographs were discovered at Garber’s estate sale, where the museum acquired 573 images, “only a small portion of what Garber had.” With the aid of the Shenandoah County Library System, the photographs were digitalized.

Saturday’s event is designed to celebrate the completion of the digitaization project, to highlight the photographs and to collect information about the images, many of which are unidentified.

“Over 75 percent of the photographs are unidentified,” Hottel said. “We aren’t sure who the individuals are, where the buildings are or where they were taken.”

Hottell hopes with the aid of the community, over time, they’ll be able to rectify this and put names with faces, and streets with buildings.

“From a historical aspect these images are important for our community,” Hottel said. “Through these images we’re able to see how farming, sporting events and even parades have changed our community over time.”

The event will also feature a special exhibit, digital viewing/identification stations, and light refreshments.

To view the images online, visit www.archives.countylib.org



When: Saturday.

Where: Mount Jackson Town Hall, 5901 Main St.

Admission: Free.