Explore local history at symposium

A one-day symposium of Shenandoah Valley history and artifacts will take place Saturday at the eighth annual Symphony of Stitches in Edinburg.

The symposium, “Marching into the Twentieth Century,” will take place at St. Paul’s Heritage Center at 106 S. High St. in Edinburg.

Talks will be held throughout the day on topics including the old community bands and sports in the valley through World War I, the Valley goes to WWI, home life in WWI, and Christmas parade, quilts, memorabilia and festivities before 1940.

Displays of original artifacts, apparel and photos will be available for viewing, as well as a show and tell where the community is encouraged to bring WWI or holiday artifacts, quilts, letters, photos and share stores about their significance. A silent auction of antiques, collectable, holiday castoffs and more will also take place.

Juanita Leisch, mistress of ceremonies, said between 50 to 75 people typically turnout each year, with about 100 people stopping by during their inaugural event.

“There’s always new and different topics to explore,” she added.

Edinburg Heritage Foundation Vice President Janet Wagniere added that the foundation tries to have a couple fundraisers throughout the year, and the symposium began as an annual tradition.

“We cover different subjects every year ranging from various types of quilts to dolls to basket weaving, to ironware, Victorian underwear, wedding gowns of the past, the evolution of cookware, aprons, Confederate jackets, crockery and pottery, sewing machines, iron stoves and more,” she said.

A full day registration costs $35, a full day group registration is $30, a half-day registration is $20 and lunch is $10, unless you bring your own. All registration fees will be donated to the Edinburg Heritage Foundation.

The event is sponsored by the foundation and the Town of Edinburg.

Schedule of Events

8:30 to 9 a.m.: Refreshments and bid on items in the Silent Auction.
9 to 9:45 a.m.: Old Community Bands & Sports in the Valley Through WWI, including sports stories by Larry Beazley.
9:45 to 10:30 a.m.: The Valley Goes to WWI presentation by Leslie Jenson, military historian and military museum curator.
10:30 to 11 a.m.: Break.
11 to noon: Show & Tell: Bring artifacts relating to the morning topics and share their histories.
Noon to 12:50 p.m.: Lunch.
12:30 p.m.: Silent Auction: End of bidding.
12:45 p.m.: Silent Auction: Announcement of winning bids.
1 to 1:45 p.m.: Home Life in WWI: “Sowing the Seeds of Victory: The Women’s Land Army of American in Virginia” by Anna Elizabeth, Gruber Kiefer.
1:45 to 2:30 p.m.: Christmas Parades & Festivities before 1940 talk by Juanita Leisch.
2:30 to 3 p.m.: Break.
3 to 3:50 p.m.: Show and Tell: Bring artifacts relating to the afternoon topics and share their histories.
4 p.m.: Adjourn.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com