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Annual Deyerle Programming Begins Thursday

Annual Deyerle Series Begins Thursday with “Before the Park: Blue Ridge Memories
Massanutten Regional Library’s Main Branch offers every Thursday in October speakers who share informative, dramatic presentations involving the Shenandoah Valley culture and history with the annual Deyerle Lecture Series. The Thursday night lecture events are free to the public and begin at 7 pm.   The lectures offer a variety of avenues to present the educational information including audios, videos, and lectures. Years of research and study precede each presentation.
This Thursday, October 4, Mark Purington, JMU Carrier Librarian, will present “Before the Park: Blue Ridge Memories.” Purington will describe daily life in the mountains before the Shenandoah National Park. How was life in the schools, churches, and communities before the Park?
The musical program “Me and Martha” will be the topic on Thursday, October 11. Don DePoy and Martha Hills, musicians, will present a musical history program of the Shenandoah Valley celebrating the history and culture of mountain music.
“Shenandoah Mountain: Culture, History, and Ecology in Video” is the topic for Thursday, October 18. JMU Retired Librarian Lynn Cameron will present local people’s testimonies of living in the Shenandoah Mountain area.
“Harrisonburg’s Confederate General Hospital” will be discussed on the final night of the Deyerle Series. Dale MacAllister, member and former President of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Historical Society, will discuss the hospital’s operation, officers, and personnel during the Civil War.
Thursday nights in October at 7 pm---a free date night with Massanutten Regional Library Main Branch!

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