Celebrate National Preservation Month at Handley Library

Handley Regional LibraryThe Handley Library will be celebrating National Preservation Month with three programs over two days about Winchester’s railroad history. The events are free and open to the public.

From the Handley Library:

“Winchester’s railroad history will be the subject of three programs to be held at Handley Library on Wednesday, May 13, and Saturday, May 16, in celebration of National Preservation Month.  The programs are being sponsored by Preservation of Historic Winchester and the Friends of Handley Regional Library.  According to program planners, this year’s theme was chosen to highlight efforts by Winchester Little Theatre to raise funds to restore its building, the former Pennsylvania Railroad freight station on West Boscawen Street, to its original 1890 appearance.

On Wednesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a showing of the award-winning Virginia Public Television documentary entitled, “Slow Train to Yesterday: Memories of the Railroad in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”  Mason Cooper of the Winchester chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will introduce the film and provide background about Winchester’s underappreciated railroad history.  Mr. Cooper is an avid railroad photographer and author or co-author of several railroad histories, including “Norfolk & Western’s Shenandoah Valley Line.”  His most recent book, “Norfolk & Western’s Pocahontas Division” was nominated for the George W. Hilton Award, the highest prize given for a book on railroad history.

Two concurrent programs, one for children and one for adults, will take place on Saturday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m.  Sandra Bosley, Executive Assistant for Preservation of Historic Winchester, will give an illustrated talk for adults on the businesses and buildings associated with the city’s railroad history.  This is the latest in her series of presentations on “Vanished and Preserved” structures associated with Winchester’s history.  Prior to her presentation, Bob Cohen of Rockville, MD will give an overview of Winchester’s railroad history.  Mr. Cohen is an amateur railroad historian and author of the recently published book, “A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway.”  Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing following the program.

Also at 2:00 p.m., there will be a separate program for children in grades two through five led by Youth Services librarian Jennifer Sutter.  The program will feature train stories, train songs, a model train, and a chance for youngsters to learn about Winchester’s railroad history and about railroad crossing safety.  In conjunction with these programs, the Winchester Model Railroad Club will open its model train layout, housed in the former Baltimore & Ohio Railroad freight station at 430 N. Cameron Street, for free tours from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.”

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