Edinburg Heritage Day pays homage to WWII through exhibit

STRASBURG -Heritage Day, hosted by the Shenandoah County Heritage Societ, will celebrate the legacy of the valley through a World War II memorabilia exhibit Saturday at the Charterhouse School in Edinburg.

Barbara Adamson, president of SCHS, said Heritage Day gives the community an opportunity to share information about their history of different areas of Shenandoah County and it’s people.

“Generally, Heritage Day has focused on different communities in the county, moving locations each year and encouraging the folks in those areas to bring for exhibit stories, photos, family histories, house histories and any information they want to share about their local communities, churches and families,” Adamson said. “2017, and now 2018, have been a little different. Last year, in concert with statewide commemorations, we focused on World War I. And this year, of course, the focus is World War II.”

During Saturday’s event, attendees will discover how the Shenandoah Valley played a role during the war. Area residents have provided uniforms, letters, medals, photos and family information for the exhibit. There will also be a World War II home front display that will include letters, newspaper articles, ration stamps, letters, diaries, household items from the 1930s and 40s, quilts and photographs.

Several WWII jeeps and other vehicles will be on display for visitors.

Shenandoah County resident John Billings will share a presentation and discussion of his World War II experiences. Billings was a captain in the Army Air Corps, flew B-24 Liberators in the 15th Air Force and is an Angel Flight pilot. His service included 39 missions for the Office of Strategic Services. Billings will speak at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the school.

World War II veteran and county resident Wes Trindall will also be on site discussing his experiences during the war.

“SCHS has collaborated with the Shenandoah County Library Truban Archives and Shenandoah County Tourism to create a brochure – Farms, Factories, and the Front Line: Shenandoah County’s Role in the World Wars,” Adamson said. “It’s an informative and colorful publication that attempts to understand and remember both WWI and WWII and Shenandoah County citizens role in them.”

The brochure encourages people to visit the many local museums, most of which have World War artifacts and information on display. The brochure will make its first appearance on Saturday.

“It’s a wonderful day with lots of visiting and conversations,” Adamson said.

If You Go

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Charterhouse School, 508 Piccadilly St., in Edinburg.

Admission: Free.