Francis and Helen Kowalski Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

1339 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains receipts of local Winchester bottling businesses along with souvenir material from the Apple Blossom Festival, including: mugs/glasses, pins, festival brochures and programs. Also included is an expansive collection of postcards relating to local Winchester events, scenery, and historical sites.

(3 boxes) Last Updated: 03/16

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Francis and Helen Kowalski were local business owners, they also resided within Winchester. Francis Kowalski was very involved in Winchester events, clubs and activities. He was a member of the Winchester Moose Lodge #1283 and Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Kowalski served for 20 years in the United States Navy and served during the Korean conflict. After his retirement from the Navy, he became an LPN at both the Winchester Medical Center and Winchester Memorial Hospital. Much of what is contained within this collection is from Francis Kowalski’s own collection. He was born in 1928 and died January 4, 2016.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Taken from the collection.

CITE AS: Francis and Helen Kowalski Collection, 1339 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA



Apple Blossom Brochures, includes the following years:

  • 1963, 1991, 1993, 1997—4 items total, printed

Pins—Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival souvenir pins (1924-2015); 48 pins total

Receipts from Winchester Businesses—C.W. Ramsburg Bottling Works and Pasteurized Milk in account with Sanitary Dairy; dating 1912-1948, unnumbered leaves, manuscript on pre-printed form

The Winchester Star—Souvenir Edition; July 4, 1996; 100th Anniversary of The Winchester Star; 1 newspaper, printed


Apple Blossom Festival Souvenir Mugs/Glasses, includes the following years:

  • 1988 (61st Annual), 1998 (71st Annual), 2000 (73rd Annual), 2001 (74th Annual), 2002 (75th Annual)—5 items total 

BOX 3 

Apple Blossom Festival Programs, 1925-2015; years missing from collection: 1924, 1927, 1937, 1941-1944; unnumbered items, printed 

Three-Ring Binders 

Postcards—from Winchester, VA; no dates, printed (some with manuscript), unnumbered leaves—kept in three ring binders (3 total)