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Historical Society Accomplishments for 2023



Below are 15 reasons to renew/upgrade/give OCHS membership:

  • Completed extensive renovations and dedicated the Sandra and William H. Speiden Auditorium at our Research Center.

  • New audio/visual technology to record and broadcast live programs to reach our community in the comfort of their own homes.

  • Held off-site programs at Bloomsbury, Woodley, Mayhurst, Montpelier, and Grymes Memorial School.

  • Published the monthly electronic bulletin the Orange Oracle with expanded content and an enlivened format (https://www.orangecovahist.org/orange-oracle.html).

  • Produced 12 new episodes of History-to-Go on the Society’s YouTube channel for on-demand viewing. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQvPfUSloS7GZW4Pce_17XQ/about).

  • Published our bi-annual Society newsletter, the Record to engage in depth, informative, historical content.

  • Increased collaboration with county teachers by conducting a history bus tour, adding online historical resources for their use, and facilitating a workshop at the research center.

  • Installed a corrected Marquis de Lafayette interpretive marker on the Society’s front lawn, drawing attention to this significant episode in county history.

  • Published Garland Tyree’s book, Old Blue Run Baptist Church, the First One

  • Hundred Years. Order yours here: (https://www.orangecovahist.org/books-dvds.html)

  • Designated a FamilySearch affiliate library with expanded online records access to help those conducting genealogical research.

  • Collaborated with the Orange County Geographic Information Services (GIS) office to provide historic map overlays of the towns of Gordonsville and Orange on current aerial photography to aid research.

  • Partnered with the Orange County Court Clerk’s office to provide our staff with electronic access to county land deeds and wills to facilitate local and genealogical research.

  • Collaborated with the Orange County African American Historical Society to clean up the Little Petersburg Cemetery.

  • Hosted a community-wide document scanning day.

  • Provided our hourly staff with a much needed salary increase.

  • Increased our dues paying membership to 265 members which, when combined with our non-dues educator and honorary memberships, brought our membership total to 349.

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