Local world war history on display at Shenandoah County Heritage Day

World War I and World War II history will be the focus of the 15th annual Shenandoah County Heritage Day in Woodstock on Saturday.

The free event, at the 1795 Historic Courthouse, 103 N. Main St. in Woodstock, will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and spotlight Shenandoah County’s involvement in the two wars.

Barbara Adamson, president of the Shenandoah County Historical Society, said many artifacts and photographs of local boys and men who fought during World War I will be on display during the event. Many of the photographs have no attribution because the men haven’t been identified.

“We would love it if people who came to visit on Saturday could help name these people,” she said. “The more years that go by the harder it is to identify these people.”

The event will also include the Profiles of Honor Tour Virginia Mobile Museum, which will feature interactive exhibits commemorating the wars and include stories and artifacts from Virginians who served. A full-scale model of a M5A1 Stuart Tank will be displayed as well. The mobile museum tour is part of a statewide commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 75th anniversary of WWII.

The event falls on the same week of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I on April 6, 1917.

“We see it as a wonderful way for people to learn about local history, whether its family history or history of churches and schools and roads and communities,” Adamson said of the event. “We hope folks will come and enjoy the day, learn about local history, learn about what was called the Great War.”

She added that the event is sponsored by the Shenandoah County Historical Society, the Shenandoah County Library, Shenandoah County Tourism and the Woodstock Enhancement Committee.

Adamson said several hundred people attend the event annually.

A related event, Trivia Night, will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Woodstock Brewhouse. It will feature local history and World War I related categories. The Brewhouse is located at 123 E. Court St. in Woodstock.

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

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