Help bring History to Harrisonburg!
Double your dollars through a matching gift today!*
Arts & Culture venues and activities contribute to community education, economy, and health and well-being. Harrisonburg has a vibrant arts scene, but does not enjoy the benefits of a history museum. An installation of Harrisonburg's history in the City Hall Atrium would provide a public space for sharing stories of the city's past.
In 2017, a comprehensive project to trace the history and change of the Harrisonburg community from the early 1800s to the present culminated in the publication of Picturing Harrisonburg: Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City Since 1828
and the installation of a companion exhibit at JMU's Duke Hall Gallery. The response to both the book and exhibition was tremendous.
Visitors to the Picturing Harrisonburg
exhibition were overwhelmingly interested in the story of Harrisonburg's timeline. Many did not want to see it disappear, and many more did not see it. A conversation with the City identified the Atrium as a new location for the exhibition.
The Historical Society proposes to redesign the history from Picturing Harrisonburg
into an exhibition suitable for the Atrium space to provide education and enjoyment for members of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community and its vistors.
By donating today, you will help bring local history stories to students and visitors of all ages!
*Plus, your gift will be doubled by an anonymous donor match (up to $3,000).
Small gifts make a big difference.