Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives is a local history and genealogy center jointly operated by the Handley Regional Library and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society. Our holdings include a variety of materials documenting the history of the Lower Shenandoah Valley from 1732 to the present, with an emphasis on the City of Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia.
"Not just a gift. It's history in the making. Family history is important. Photos, videos, aged documents, and cherished papers--these are the memories that you want to save. And they need a better home than a cardboard box. Creating Family Archives is a book written by an archivist for you, your family, and friends, taking you step-by-step through the process of arranging and preserving your own family archives. It's the first book of its kind offered to the public by the Society of American Archivists. Gathering up the boxes of photos and years of video is a big job.
Scottish newspapers represent one of the most fruitful sources for genealogical research available, albeit an overlooked one. One important newspaper was the Aberdeen Journal, which was founded in 1747 and published continuously until 1922. For his second new book for Clearfield Company, Mr. Dobson has culled all the genealogical references to the Americas made in "Scottish" sources appearing in the Aberdeen Journal between 1748 and 1783. By "Scottish," the compiler refers only to sources within Scotland, and not data which the Journal published from English or colonial sources.
A list of non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the Virginia State Line and non-commissioned officers, seamen and marines of the Virginia State Navy and the Virginia Line on the Continental Establishment, whose names are on the army register, and who have not received bounty land for Revolutionary service as of 1835,
"Groundbreaking look at slaves as commodities through every phase of life, from birth to death and beyond, in early America The Price for Their Pound of Flesh is the first book to explore the economic value of enslaved people through every phase of their lives--including from before birth to after death--in the American domestic slave trades. Covering the full "life cycle" (including preconception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, the senior years, and death), historian Daina Berry shows the lengths to which slaveholders would go to maximize profits.
In 1920, Virginia's General Assembly refused to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to grant women the vote. Virginia's suffragists lost. Or did they? When the thirty-sixth state ratified the amendment, women gained voting rights across the nation. Virginia suffragists were a part of that victory, although their role has been nearly forgotten. They marched in parades, rallied at the state capitol, spoke to crowds on street corners, staffed booths at fairs, lobbied legislators, picketed the White House and even went to jail.
Crossing the disciplines of history, ethnobotany, and horticulture, Sumner underlines how European settlers and their descendants made use of the "strange" new plants they discovered, as well as the select varieties of foods and medicines they brought with them from other continents.