• Center in the Square Dinner & Silent Auction, September 20, 2016

Center in the Square will host a dinner at Hotel Roanoke and will feature a speaker and dinner. The History Museum will hold a silent auction with proceeds from the auction going to the Historical Society.  Please call Center in the Square at 540-342-5700 for more information.

  • Kegley Lecture, September 27, 2016 7:00pm

Peter Wallenstein, longtime Virginia Tech history professor, will open the fall program of lectures for the History Museum of Western Virginia with a talk about slavery on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. His topic will be “Slavery and the Thirteenth Amendment: Race and the Law of Crime and Punishment in the Post-Civil War American South.”  This will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of Brandon Ave. and Grandin Rd.  The cost is $5 for non-members and free for members.

  • Lunchbox Lecture, October 6, 2016 12:00pm

George Edwards, assistant director of the Nutrition Department for LOA Area Agency on Aging, will speak October 6th at the noon Lunchbox Lecture at the History Museum of Western Virginia.  Edwards has worked with the agency for nearly six years, beginning as a part-time Meals-on-Wheels supervisor in the northwest Roanoke area. He assumed his current position in 2011 and will discuss the volunteer program’s operation and work with volunteers. The lecture and lunch costs $15 for non-members and $10 for members, or $5 without lunch. Please RSVP to or call 540-342-5777 to ensure a seat AND a lunch.

  • Kegley Lecture, October 25, 2016 7:00pm

On Tuesday, October 25, at 7 p.m. at the church, Deedie Kagey, Roanoke County historian, will speak about her latest book,  “From Bonsack to Blue Ridge: A Historical Perspective of Roanoke County and Botetourt County Communities in Transition.” A retired teacher and administrator, she has written books about the county and Bonsack.  This will be held at Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of Brandon Ave. and Grandin Rd.  The cost is $5 for non-members and free for members.

  • SOLD OUT Seven Hills of Rockbridge Tour, October 27, 2016

Visit the Seven Hills of Rockbridge County with the Historical Society of Western Virginia on a bus tour Thursday, October 27. A guided trip with local historian, George Kegley, will visit four of the early 1800s brick homes and the 1864 Falling Spring Presbyterian Church in the Natural Bridge-Glasgow area. The tour will drive by the other homes.

The tour will visit Fancy Hill, Hickory Hill, Liberty Hill and Herring Hall, formerly Clover Hill. Other Hill homes are Fruit Hill, Marlbrook (formerly Cherry Hill) and Rose Hill.  The historic homes, once seats of plantations, were built by the Grigsby, Welch and Greenlee families. All are of “rather stately architecture” and in former days they were “connected by a thread of romance, marriage or blood relationship,” as one historian noted.

A bus will leave St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, (upper level, Highland Avenue and Franklin Road, SW), at 8:30 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided and is included in the admission price.  The cost will be $45 for members and $55 for non-members.  Please call 540.342.5777 or visit our website at to secure a seat as space is limited.


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