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Winchester, Virginia, Bicentennial Commission Collection

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

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


Inventory created by Archives Staff 06/1987. Last revised 06/2020.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.21 linear feet

CREATOR: Winchester, Virginia, Bicentennial Commission

DATE: 1952

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Winchester, Virginia, Bicentennial Commission Collection contains materials produced for the 1752 bicentennial celebration of Winchester held in 1952. It includes programs, brochures, names of participants, and names of people who had been residents of the Winchester area for 50-70 years.  

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Colonel James Wood laid out the original plan for the City of Winchester in 1744 and the House of Burgesses officially chartered the town in 1752.

CITE AS:  Winchester, Virginia, Bicentennial Commission Collection, 767 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA.




Brochures, programs, tickets, 5 items, printed

Commemorative plate, folder contains the following:

Plate, 1952, 1 item, ceramic
The Winchester Virginia Bicentennial Official Plate (description), 1952, 4 pages, printed

Correspondence and insignia, 2 leaves, 2 envelopes, printed; 4 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Fifty Years Club, folder includes the following:

     List of members, 2 leaves, typescript/manuscript
     Sample certificates, 3 leaves, printed/manuscript
     Notes and correspondence from members
     4 postcards, 2 pages, 1 leaf, manuscript

Marshall, George C. – speech, 9 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

News Articles – unnumbered, printed (photocopy)

Publicity and Souvenirs, 5 items, printed

Seventy Year Club, 1 leaf, typescript/manuscript

Stationery and envelopes, 11 leaves, 14 envelopes, printed

Winchester Bicentennial Commission – members and suggested activities, 19 leaves, typescript (photocopy), (4 with manuscript additions); 1 envelope, typescript



Winchester Bicentennial Commission Poster 31x22 – color – 1952 – features city seal, flag, 15 historic sites and yearlong events

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