Handley Regional Library 1913-2013

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Then and Now


Handley Regional Library has been open to the public for 100 years, and the Anniversary Gala on Aug. 24, 2013 was the final celebration of the centennial.


There are several commemorative items still available:


100th Anniversary Book. The book is full color, 230 pages, with about 350 photographs, many of which had never been published.  Order a book online or purchase one in person at Handley Library Shop, Winchester Book Gallery, or the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Publication was funded by sponsors and presales.

  "Roof Plan," fourth Handley Library architectural print, is available for sale.

Completed events:

  • Anniversary Gala, August 24, 2013, a fund-raising event with music and food.

  • Staff Reunion. June 23, 2013, a reunion of all current and former library staff members. Over 100 people attended, including all living current and former Library Directors.

  • "Judge Handley and his gift to Winchester for library and schools" was presented by Dr. Dennis Kellison and Pat Ritchie on Aug. 15, 2012, Handley Library auditorium

  • "A Vote for Murder" a murder mystery featuring local actors and actresses. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, desserts. Photos from Sat., Aug. 25, 2012. Many thanks to those who supported this library fundraiser!


  • The public voted for a favorite 1960s-70s award-winning movie, and the winner was
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).  It was shown Wed., Mar. 30, 2011 at Handley Library.
    M*A*S*H (1970),  second top choice, was shown Wed., Oct. 12.  Both are sponsored by 100th Anniversary of Handley Regional Library & Magic Lantern Theater.

  • Some Like it Hot, a part of the movie series "Pages from American Life"
    starring Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe & Tony Curtis. Wed., Sept. 29, 2010, Handley Library Auditorium, classic movie from 1946-1962, chosen by the public. 

  • "A Century of Giving: Handley Regional Library Donors Make Library History"
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010, Handley Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.  Free program.
    To celebrate the library’s 97th anniversary, a panel will discuss library donors throughout the library’s history.  The building, books, and art collections have all benefited from generous donors throughout the library’s history.  Over the years, the library has been given George Washington’s sister’s (?) china, swords, Chinese artifacts, art, as well as substantial financial gifts.  Read more.
    Panelists include Kay Wise, Glenene Brown, Rebecca Ebert, and Trish Ridgeway. 

  • Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010  "High Noon" classic movie shown, Handley Library Auditorium
    The public chose from five movies that were box-office hits between 1946 and 1962 as part of its ongoing
    celebration of the earlier years of the library’s history.  The library system and Magic Lantern Theater sponsored the movie.

  • Exhibits on Holmes Conrad (1840-1915), first chairman of Handley Board of Trustees and personal friend of Judge John Handley.  Displays were in rotunda and lower level at Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room. 

  • August 12, 2009, Anniversary program about the life of Holmes Conrad, presented by Michael Foreman.  Handley Library Auditorium

  • October 6, 2009, "It Happened One Night," classic movie, Handley Library Auditorium.

  • March 31, 2009, Showing of classic movie "The Philadelphia Story."

  • August 2, 2008, Exhibit of J. Stewart Barney's architectural designs, paintings, and other artifacts, Benham Upper Gallery, Handley Library. 

  • Friday, August 15, 2008, "The Architectural Career of John Stewart Barney," Handley Library's original architect. 
    Mr. Bill Schroh, Jr., director of Liberty Hall Museum in New Jersey, presented a program on Barney's many achievements.  Many of Barney's personal belongings and paintings are owned by the museum.

  • May 24, 2008, Cornerstone Rededication ceremony conducted by Winchester Hiram #21 Masonic Lodge. 

About the Celebration Plans:

Former Library Board Chairman Richard Stephenson and Library Director Trish Ridgeway served as co-chairpersons of the library’s 100th Anniversary Committee, which was made up of members of the community. Subcommittees of this group were program, art, book, finance and fund-raising, and public relations.

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives staff assisted in researching library history.  They collected oral histories, found news articles written about the library, and acquired additional photographs taken of the library during its history.

Anyone who has photographs of the library, especially the interior, old library cards or brochures, or special memories of the library, are asked to share them with the library this year.

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