March is Women’s History Month. The Shenandoah County Library joins sites across the country in celebrating the vital role of women in American History over the next 31 days.
This year, our celebration’s capstone event is our inaugural program “Daughters of the Stars: The Lives of Local Women.” This program features two local women that have made a significant impact on our community. They will join us on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30PM to discuss their lives as women in Shenandoah County.
The 2018 program participants are:
- Karen Whetzel, a graduate of what is now James Madison University who served as a teacher and administrator in the Shenandoah County Public Schools from 1971-2009. She currently resides in New Market Virginia, serves as the chair of the Shenandoah County School Board, and volunteers with numerous community organizations including the New Market Area Library and the New Market Chamber of Commerce.
- Judy Reynolds, a graduate of what is now James Madison University who initially served as a school teacher in Shenandoah County Public Schools before pursuing her love of historic preservation. Over the past several decades she has served as the director of the Warren Heritage Society and retired as the head of the Mosby Heritage Association. She lives in the Fairview community where she serves as a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church’s council, the President of the Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries and head of their Luke’s backpack program, and volunteers with the Shenandoah County Library.
This event will be held at the Shenandoah County Library, 514 Stoney Creek Blvd., Edinburg Virginia, and is free and open to the public. The individual presentations will be followed by a question and answer period in which all attendees are invited to participate.
In addition to this event, the library has also installed a special Women’s History Month exhibit. This display highlights eight women that that were featured in local newspapers during a special column the late 1970s. They include local farmers, educators, and community leaders. It will be available throughout the month of March and April. Women’s history book displays for all ages will also be available.
The public is also welcome to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for a special series of Women’s History Month features that will highlight local women. They can follow us @countylib.