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Winchester –The Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center will host its annual summer lecture series in July. The series will be part of the celebration of Winchester’s 275-year history. Lectures will be given four evenings, starting at 7 p.m. in the Woltz Pavilion, 28 S. Loudoun St., Winchester, and will cover highlights of the centuries.
July 18 —1800s in Winchester – Rebecca Ebert on life before the War Between the States; Keven Walker on life during and after the war
Cost is $10 (cash or check) for each evening, collected at the door. Door prizes will be given away each evening.
Proceeds from the lectures benefit programming for seniors at the Godfrey Miller Historic Home and Fellowship Center, 28 S. Loudoun St., Winchester.
Information about the speakers:
Rebecca Ebert is the archivist for Handley Regional Library and Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society. She is a native of Winchester and enjoys researching and sharing local heritage. The John Handley High School graduate has a double master’s degree in history and library science from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Radford University.
Keven Walker is the chief executive officer of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. He came to the foundation in 2014 from Antietam National Battlefield. Since then, the foundation has tackled some of the largest preservation projects in its history, preserved over 600 acres of battlefield land, opened a 600-acre full-service battlefield park, assumed management of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum, and strengthened the SVBF’s partnerships both in the Valley and nationwide.
The rest of the lecture series schedule is as follows:
July 16 — 1700s in Winchester – Tom Maccubbin on early business life in Winchester through ledgers; Gene E. Fisher on history of the Godfrey Miller Home
July 23 —- 1900s in Winchester – Trish Ridgeway on benefactors to the area; Judy Humbert on integration in the second half of the century
July 25 —- 2000s in Winchester – Kris Tierney, Frederick County administrator, and Eden E. Freeman, Winchester city manager, on the present state of the area and future goals