SAVE THE DATE: Defiant Libraries: Virginia Lee & the Secrets Kept by Good Bookladies

On June 25th at the Dumas Center, the Gainsboro Branch Library will be hosting Defiant Libraries: Virginia Lee and the Secrets Kept by Good Bookladies, a lecture and book event honoring the legacy of librarian Virginia Lee. A lecture by Laura Helton, assistant professor at the University of Delaware and author of Scattered and Fugitive Things: How Black Collectors Created Archives and Remade History, will highlight Virginia Lee’s clandestine fight against access restrictions on Black readers and Black literacy during Segregation in Roanoke.

Following Helton’s lecture will be a panel discussion, moderated by Nelson Harris, with special guests Dr. Curtis Reeves, Jr., Dr. Alvin and Virginia Schexnider, family of Virginia Lee, and Carla Lewis, former librarian of the Gainsboro Branch Library.

Exclusive event book sales will be by Book No Further.

When:  Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Where: The Dumas Center, auditorium, 108 Henry St. N.W
Time: 6:30 pm

This is one interesting lecture you will not want to miss, so SAVE THE DATE!!

 

Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation Spring 2024 Focus on Preservation Newsletter

The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, Inc. regularly publishes a bi-annual newsletter that shares historic, cultural, and natural preservation-related information and activities taking place throughout the Roanoke Valley, the surrounding counties and their municipalities.

We hope you will enjoy our most recent issue:  

2024 Spring Focus on Preservation Newsletter

Friends of Roanoke’s Old Lick Cemetery Host the 48StateTour: Saving America’s Graveyards in Roanoke, VA on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

The Friends of Roanoke’s Old Lick Cemetery are excited to host the 48StateTour: Saving America’s Graveyards in Roanoke, VA on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 beginning at 9:00AM. 
 
A hospitality tent with snacks and extra drinks will be set-up and volunteers are being asked to bring their lunch, sunscreen and a chair.  If you’d like to donate snacks, please bring them to the tent.  We will have a tent for shade with first aid supplies and some chairs.  We will also have port-a-potties for the day!
 
The schedule is as follows:
 If you would like to purchase your own bottle of D/2 cleaning solution, you may do so from the Atlas Preservation Company…this is not required to participate.  Use the code HOST2024 for 20% off ANY order on atlaspreservation.com. You can use the discount information and order a small bottle.  Everything is available & ready to ship.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 4 at 9:00! 
 
Please share this information with anyone who may also want to attend.
 

Foundation Trustee, Alison Blanton Named Historic Place-Saver by City of Roanoke, VA

This week, the City of Roanoke, VA recognized RVPF Trustee, Alison Blanton, as a Historic Place-Saver.  Alison performs vital work as the Senior Preservation Fellow at Hill Studio. She continues to be active through preservation-focused community groups and is a Trustee of the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and also serves on the Board of Friends of Mountain View, Inc.

Visit planroanoke.org/historic-preservation to learn more about Alison  and her work. 

Congratulations Alon this well-deserved recognition!!

SAVE THE DATE- Upcoming RVPF Pub Talk Topic – Genealogy of Slavery Research Project – June 11, 2024

In early 2020, the Center for Structures of Studying Race (CSSR) began a research project called the Genealogy of Slavery that focuses on the specific history of slavery at Roanoke College and the surrounding region. This research attempts to identify the enslaved people whose labor helped build the College, and were owned by some the College’s founding members. Professor Bucher will discuss how this project supplements larger efforts to think about the epistemic genealogy of Roanoke College, and the role that slavery and institutional racism have played in shaping the college.

Topic:  Genealogy of Slavery Research Project
When:  Tuesday, June 11,2024
Time:  5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where:  Gainsboro Library, 15 Patton Avenue, NW, Roanoke, VA  

This is one interesting discussion you will not want to miss.  So SAVE THE DATE and hope to see you there!


 

May is Preservation Month – 2024 Endangered Sites Announced on May 14

As the month of May is designated as Preservation Month, each year in May, the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation announces our Annual Endangered Sites List to call attention to local history, special places, and the possibility that these significant sites are in danger of being lost forever unless efforts are made to preserve them.

2024 RVPF Endangered sites

The 2024 endangered Sites were announced on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 in conjunction with Preservation Month and Preservation Virginia’s announcement of their 2024 Endangered Historic Sites. 

The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation’s intent is not to shame or punish the current owners but to bring attention to these sites and encourage their preservation and stewardship. The goal is to work closely with property owners and local governments in exploring options to promote their preservation. 

Only by ongoing public awareness, partnerships and collaborations, innovative technologies, sustainable conservation practices, education and capacity-building programs, and government can we ensure the continued protection and conservation of these valuable cultural assets.  

Previous RVPF Endangered Sites listings

Visit our Endangered Sites page for additional information including lists from previous years. 

2025 RVPF Endangered sites

If you know of a significant historical, natural, and/or cultural sites in the Roanoke Valley that may be in eminent danger of being lost due to deferred maintenance, demolition, or incompatible development, please submit a 2025 Endangered Site Nomination Form by March 17, 2025 for consideration in next year’s Endangered Site listing.

2024 Endangered Historic Site Nominations Currently Being Accepted

Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation Announces 2024 Endangered Historic Site Nominations Are Currently Being Accepted

If you are aware of a historic site that may be in eminent danger of being lost due to deferred maintenance, demolition, or incompatible development, please let us know by completing, saving and emailing the 2024 RVPF Endangered Historic Sites Nomination Form today!

Remember the intent is not to shame or punish the current owners but to bring attention to these sites and encourage their preservation and stewardship. The goal is to work closely with property owners and local governments in exploring options to promote their preservation. 

SUBMIT your 2024 Endangered Historic Sites nomination TODAY!!

For additional information, email Alison Blanton, Endangered Sites Committee Chair, call 540-765-7154,  or visit our website’s Endangered Sites page.

2023 Annual RVPF Meeting & Kegley Award Presentation Held on November 15, 2023

On Wednesday, November 15, 2023, the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation Annual Meeting & Kegley Preservation Award presentations was held at the historic Gainsboro Library in Roanoke. 

Foundation president Whitney Leeson welcomed guests and provided a ‘Year in Review’ Powerpoint presentation after which 2023 RVPF Awards Committee Whitney Feldman, Judy Harrrison, and Rob Logan presented the 2023 Kegley Preservation Awards.

Refreshments consisting of homemade BBQ sliders, macaroni & cheese bites, cole slaw, pumpkin pie tarts, and apple cider was arranged by Alison Blanton. The meeting concluded with a viewing of the documentary, Hidden in Plain Site,  a documentary project that explores six sites located in Roanoke, Virginia that have historical African-American significance that are currently hiding in plain sight along the streets and highways of the city. The six locations include the Old Lick Cemetery, Historic Gainsboro, Henrietta Lacks Plaza, and others.

The program was awarded the Foundation’s 2023 Annual Kegley Award for Heritage Education and led by Roanoke City Councilwoman Trish White-Boyd who led the Roanoke Hidden Histories Committee in creating the film which was funded by local individuals and businesses under the banner of Roanoke Hidden Histories.  The film has been generously shared with Blue Ridge PBS ECHO and on YouTube in an effort to share it as widely as possible.

You can experience the project more fully by viewing it in Virtual Reality at the Harrison Museum of African American History in downtown Roanoke. For more information on this project, visit https://harrisonmuseum.com/hipsroanoke.