Nick Powers is a native of Winchester and became interested in the history and material culture of the Shenandoah Valley at a young age. Nick completed his undergraduate work at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, where he majored in History and minored in Historical Archaeology. While with the JMU Archaeology Department, Nick assisted in the excavations at the nearby Cedar Creek Battlefield. Nick later graduated from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware. There he completed his Master’s thesis on early cabinetmaking in Winchester and Frederick County. After leaving Winterthur, Nick returned home to join the staff of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley as Curator of Collections. There he oversees, researches, and exhibits the fine and decorative arts of the Shenandoah Valley ranging from the earliest settlements to the present day. Nick is a three-time graduate of the MESDA Summer Institute and last summer participated in the Classical Institute of the South Field Research Fellowship, a program that documents objects made and used in the nineteenth-century Gulf South.

Still Kicking!: The Foltz Family’s Spirited History

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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For the past three years, the MSV has participated in the Virginia Association of Museums’ Top 10 Endangered Artifacts program. This year, the MSV is nominating a copper still pot, cap, and coils used in the late 1800s by the James C. Foltz Distillery in Edinburg, Virginia until state officials enacted Prohibition in 1916.

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The Legacy of Storer College (1867–1955), Part 2

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Monday, November 13, 2017
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In Part 2 of The Legacy of Storer College (1867–1955), MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers continues to explore the 150-year-old history and rise to national status of Storer College through several objects gifted to the MSV by descendants of the College’s founders: Nathan Cook Brackett (1836-1910) and his wife Louise Wood Brackett (1842–1936).

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The Legacy of Storer College (1867-1955), Part 1

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
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MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers looks at Storer College's 150-year-old history through several objects gifted to the MSV by descendants of the College’s founders: Nathan Cook Brackett (1836-1910) and his wife Louise Wood Brackett (1842-1936).

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