First Night Winchester Coloring Contest Underway

Organized by the MSV, this free coloring contest runs through December 29. One lucky participant from each age group competing in the coloring contest—tot (4 & under) child (5–7), youth (8–12), teen (13–17), adult (18–59), and senior (60+)—will win a one-year family membership to the MSV ($90 value) and more great prizes!

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See Norman Rockwell’s America at the MSV

Dozens of Original Works and Hundreds of Vintage Saturday Evening Post Covers on view in Special Exhibition Norman Rockwell’s America February 20–August 8, 2021 Admission by Donation on Opening Day     Winchester, VA 2/17/2021 . . . Works by famed artist Norman Rockwell will be on view at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley … Continued

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The Trails at the MSV to Open to All on November 25

The Trails at the MSV to Open to All on November 25 Live Broadcast on MSV Facebook Page and Free Admission to Gardens and Galleries Add to the Festivity of Opening 90-acre, Free-admission Art Park  Winchester, VA 11/23/20 . . . At 7 a.m. this Wednesday, November 25, 90 acres of the Museum of the … Continued

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MSV Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with “The Bodice Project” Exhibition and Free Webinars

MSV Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with The Bodice Project Exhibition and Free Webinars Exhibition on View through November 1; Webinars Offered on October 1 and 10 Winchester, VA 09/30/20…The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October with continuing display of the inspirational Bodice Project exhibition and two free … Continued

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The Moon and the MSV

**The Trails are open 7 a.m. to dusk. We invite you to join us on our nighttime programs guided by our staff, but ask that you NOT visit the Trails at night on your own** This past Full Moon on November 19, we took a group out on the Trails to experience the nighttime environment … Continued

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National Geographic at the MSV

Was there ever a time in your life when you saw the yellow spine of a National Geographic magazine and didn’t feel even the slightest curiosity about what was inside its pages? I still remember the anticipation I would feel as a small child waiting for my dad to unwrap a new issue so I … Continued

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Animals at the MSV

By Perry Mathewes, Deputy Director, Museum Operations and Director of Gardens One of the great things about working in the MSV Gardens is that you get to spend lots of time around beautiful plants and nature. Yes, there is the drudgery of weeding, mulching and other mundane tasks, but there are also sublime moments as … Continued

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And the Award Goes To…Education and Rewards of Merit in the Shenandoah Valley

By Curator of Collections Nick Powers As Covid-19 vaccines became more readily available this spring and summer, Virginia school officials began developing strategies to restore full-time, in-person learning. Local and regional schoolteachers now face the important but unenviable task of reintroducing students to classroom settings after those students spent over a year in front of … Continued

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The Legacy of Juneteenth: Past and Present

By Curator of Collections Nick Powers On June 19th, 1865, Union forces commanded by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, on the Gulf Coast. Two years following President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, word of their freedom finally reached the ears of the estimated 250,000 enslaved people in the South’s most isolated state (with … Continued

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