The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society ~ Mission and Organization
The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society is a non-profit organization of individuals interested in the preservation and expansion of knowledge about the historical and cultural heritage of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, with geographical focus on the City of Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia. Click here for a description of the Society's stated Activities.
The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society strives to fulfill its mission through these means:
Education — by maintaining five museums - Abram's Delight, c. 1754, George Washington's Office, c. 1755-56, and Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters, c. 1854, an 18th Century Valley Cabin and the Hollingsworth Mill; by interpreting the museum collections for the general public through trained docents; by pursuing an acquisition program to preserve and add to the collection of historical artifacts appropriate to each museum; by encouraging an appreciation of the area's historical and cultural heritage among young people through the publication of youth-oriented books and pamphlets and providing age appropriate museum tours and displays, and by emphasizing the teaching of history in area public schools;
Enhancing a Sense of Community - by sponsoring an annual membership meeting and four bi-monthly programs for Society members and friends (some of which may emphasize more socially oriented activities such as receptions or historic house tours); and by cooperating with other local organizations including the Clarke County Historical Association, Preservation of Historic Winchester, History Fellows of Shenandoah University and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association to further the community's joint interests in history and historic preservation.
The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society is governed by a 18-member Board of Directors. The board meets bi-monthly, alternating with the annual meeting and the four program meetings. One-third of the board members are elected by the membership at each annual meeting and serve for terms of three years. Officers of the Society are elected by the Board of Directors at the first board meeting following the annual membership meeting.
Officers of the Society consist of: President, Vice-Presidents for four functional areas (Programs, Museums, Marketing and Publications), Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition, the Past President serves as an officer for the year immediately following his term of office.
Functions of the Society are carried out by Standing Committees and Ad Hoc Committees. Standing committees are organized within functional area and report to the appropriate Vice-President. Chairpersons for Standing Committees are appointed by the President in consultation with the Vice-President for the functional area. Ad Hoc Committees are appointed by the President to deal with specific activities of finite duration or with issues crossing functional areas for which co-ordination is important. It is the responsibility of the relevant Vice-President, when Board approval of committee actions is required, to present such requests to the Board, or, when appropriate, arrange for Committee Chairperson to report directly to the Executive Committee and/or Board.
Long Range Planning
Building and Grounds
The Society founded and continues to jointly operate the Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives room at the Handley Regional Library. The archives contains tens of thousands of documents on local history, files on homes and buildings in Winchester for architectural research and a vast collection of genealogical material on local as well as national subjects. Highlights of the collection include rare maps, books, manuscripts, and more.
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society