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Grant helps cover restoration of Newtown Cemetery’s oldest markers — one grave at a time

The Newtown Cemetery, one of ares’s most historic cemeteries, is getting rejuvenated — little by little — thanks to a grant through the state of Virginia. 

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New archaeology center aims to dig through the Valley’s past

nt years, Nash and her team uncovered that the Thomas Harrison House in downtown Harrisonburg was never inhabited by Thomas Harrison at all. She was also called on to talk about the lost history of razed buildings in January of 2020, when city officials considered the idea of demolishing the Denton building. 

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Before and after: The (re)transformation of the Lincoln Homestead and what was discovered

fter almost two years of renovations and lots of surprises — both good and bad —the Bixler family has moved into the Lincoln Homestead. 

City schools to update U.S. history lessons to more clearly spell out slavery’s role

The city schools will update textbooks and curriculum this fall to more directly acknowledge slavery and white supremacy in U.S. history — changes that a state commission had recommended last year.

Lucy Simms historic marker is part of an effort to reflect more of Virginia’s past

A historical marker will go up in front of the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center later this year as one of 16 new historical markers approved for 2021 — signs meant to show more about Virginia’s history than battlefields and presidential birthplaces.

‘Keeper’ of the Virginia Lincolns digs through forgotten pages of history to make connections

For decades, Phillip Stone and his wife lived next to the Lincoln Homestead — on the very land owned by John Lincoln, known as “Virginia John.”

Hidden museum holds links to Harrisonburg’s fiery past

Although it was never his title or in his job description, Larry Shifflett was — and still is — a teacher with a heavy emphasis on local history. Shifflett headed the city’s fire department from 1983 to 2016, longer than any other city chief and, along the way, unintentially built a museum.

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