Gordonsville: A Strong Fabric...
an overview of this small town's history from its beginnings in the 18th century through its continued vitality as a 21st-century community.
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Someday; The Unexpected Story of School Integration in Orange County

This documentary explores the decade-long process by which the Orange County public school system complied with the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. 

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In the season
The Edna Lewis Story celebrates the remarkable life and legacy of "The Grande Dame of Southern Cooking," tracing her unique journey from a community founded by freed slaves in Orange to a career that saw her gain worldwide acclaim.

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Letters to Tyler

Presented by Bill Speiden, this is the story of his family, embodied in his recent book, Letters to Tyler, an homage to his late wife, Sandra Speiden, whose presence in Orange County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and beyond will not be forgotten.  Learn, as will her grandson who never got to know her, about her accomplishments, as well as those of the entire Speiden family. ​​

"Now This..." is a 90 minute documentary on the early years of WJMA Radio in Orange, Virginia. ​

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Rediscovering Little Petersburg

was our initial offering on the YouTube channel. The premiere, held in November 2019 at the Bethel Baptist Church in Orange, was very warmly received.  Produced by Doug Myrick and the late David Sides, and photographed, written, and edited by Phil Audibert, the Rediscovering Little Petersburg video was originally intended for our March 2020 program.  Now, instead of waiting any longer to see this wonderful slice of history, you can enjoy it any time you wish.

Buried Above Ground

Ray Ezell introduces the fascinating tradition of people intentionally placing objects within building walls, and why they may have done so.  You will be amazed, and sometimes amused, at the items that have been found both here in the Virginia Piedmont, and around the country and beyond.

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"Now This..." extras 
These are clips that didn't make it into the Now This... documentary. But they were too good to leave on the cutting room floor!

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A Brief History of Orange County, Virginia

Orange County historian Frank S. Walker relates a history of Orange County in an informative, but brief, run through the highlights from our earliest days to the 20th century. Distilled from a series of six longer presentations, this version provides an excellent introduction for newcomers or the just plain curious, as well as a refresher for those who have lived here longer.

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George Washington and His Women

In October, Frank Walker recorded his excellent talk on the four women who were most influential in our first president’s life.  Informative, and presented with Mr. Walker’s usual sly humor, it is a delightful way to learn about a side of General Washington that we don’t often consider.

Gold Mining in Orange County, VA Parts I & 2
Local historian Frank Walker presents the unique history of gold mining in Orange County for over a century: the mines and the people who worked them. 

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Sentimental Journey: Dogwood Village...50 Years

takes a look at how the Orange County Nursing Home came into being and how it has grown to become one of the premier retirement facilities in the state, as seen through the eyes of several of its board members, employees, and residents.

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With the advent of History-to-Go, we are now able to bring our presentations not only to the people who live within a reasonable distance of our Research Center, but also to the large number of members who live too far away to attend in person. We hope you enjoy this format. Go to our main YouTube page by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQvPfUSloS7GZW4Pce_17XQ  From there, you can select the presentation you would like to see. If you wish, you can subscribe to our channel, which makes going to our site even easier.