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Celebrating Powell W. Gibson (1875-1959): Educator, Playwright, and Author

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Powell W. Gibson (1875-1959) is best remembered in Shenandoah Valley history as the principal of the segregated Douglas School in Winchester for a quarter of its nearly century-long history. 

by Curator of Collections Nick Powers

Later this month, Winchester historian Judy Humbert will share some of her recollections of the Douglas School that Gibson helped build in the second of the MSV’s new Lunch & Learn series.

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Art in the Garden? The Garden is Art!

Published Date: 
Monday, February 10, 2020

Winter gives gardeners some time to think. We become green thumb philosophers. Here are some random thoughts:

By: Deputy Director, Museum Operations and Gardens Perry Mathewes 


Hellebores are one of the few winter-flowering plants we have in the garden.

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"We do not forget each other even after school days are over."

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Monday, February 3, 2020
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"We do not forget each other even after school days are over."

By Adult Programs Manager Sally Meyer 

Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley boast schools and universities with a national reputation for producing scholars and productive members of their community (and I’m not just saying that because many of the MSV staff graduated from high school or college in the Valley).

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Squirrel Appreciation Day 2020

Published Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Gardeners don’t like squirrels, for the most part. Yet here we are, on the eve of Squirrel Appreciation Day, trying to muster, at best, lukewarm feelings for the furry little fauna.

By: Horticultuarlist Chantal Ludder 

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Seed Exchanges

Published Date: 
Monday, January 20, 2020

January, notably cold and dreary, is the time to curl up somewhere warm with a pile of notes, drawings, and seed catalogues, dreaming of gardens to come. It can feel a little lonesome for a gardener when you are waiting for spring thaw – until you hear about an upcoming seed exchange.

By Horticulturalist Chantal Ludder 

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Wood Glass Wednesdays

Published Date: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

This hoard of papers, along with personal photographs, made its way into the MSV in 1996 as part of Julian Wood Glass Jr.’s estate. Since that time the materials have been sitting in collections storage with their contents largely unknown and inaccessible to researchers and staff members.

By Registrar/Collections Manager Lauren Fleming

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Behind the Scenes: Making Foxes

Published Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Several years ago, the MSV's executive director asked me if I’d like to try to make an evergreen dress to go along with our Holiday Display. We were hosting the Cut! Costume and the Cinema exhibit at the time. It was such a fun challenge; I decided to try something similar the next year. Then holiday sculptures became something of a tradition. 

By Horticulturalist Chantal Ludder 

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Museum Store Holiday Picks

Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season are upon us! Whether you are looking to shop or get away from it all this weekend, please stop by the MSV.

By Bonnie Barr

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