Annual Meeting & History Talk

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM (doors open 6:30)

Location: Lancaster Community Library, Kilmarnock

Guest presentation "The Courthouse Village and Court Day in Colonial Virginia." Architectural historian Dr. Carl Lounsbury will discuss the buildings and activities of several of Virginia's colonial courthouse towns, including Lancaster, and examine the role of Court Day in the public life of the community. Talk begins at 7:00 sharp and will last 45-60 minutes. Followed by annual business meeting and election of officers. Open to the public. Reservations requested to ensure seating 462-7280 or history@mbwm.org

Annual Shuckin' on the Court House Green Oyster Roast

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Time: afternoon

Location: Museum Grounds

Fundraiser to benefit the museum, library, and historical society. Ticket details and start of sales to be announced in early September.

Best Little Stories from World War I Book Talk and Signing

Date: Monday, July 9, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Museum

(Note: This program takes the place of the originally-scheduled exhibit talk by executive director Karen Hart). The event will now feature a talk and booksigning by C. Brian Kelly and Ingrid Smyer, authors of "Best Little Stories from World War I." The event is part of the Museum’s 2018 commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Hart says, “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring these authors to Lancaster and are excited to have them share some of the stories from their book as well as talk about their process of historical research and writing about the war.” Reservations for the book talk are requested to 462-7280 or history@mbwm.org to ensure seating. A $5 donation is suggested and includes the program and museum admission. Books will be for sale at the program for $20. Anyone unable to attend the event can pre- order a custom signed book by contacting the Museum. Following the talk, visitors can view the museum’s featured exhibit “Lancaster in World War I: Home Front to Battle Front.” According to Kelly, the book includes “nearly 100 riveting true stories of the men and women who lived, fought, and survived the first Great War. Based on the writings of soldiers, politicians, kings, nurses, and military leaders, Best Little Stories from World War I humanizes their foibles, triumphs, and tragedies—and chronicles how the emergence of fervent national pride led not only to ruthless combat, but a critical turning point in the twentieth century.” The husband-and wife team of Kelly and Smyer has been writing together for almost 30 years and has published ten books in their Best Little Stories series, for an overall compilation of 1100 true stories and historical anecdotes on topics of World War I and II, the Civil War, the American Revolution, the White House, Virginia History, the Wild West, and Winston Churchill. Kelly teaches at the University of Virginia, is an award-winning journalist, and was the founding editor of Military History and World War II magazines. Smyer contributes the women’s history stories of the couple’s books. She has worked as a freelance writer and magazine columnist, and served in civic activities including the boards of the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center of Virginia and the Charlottesville- Albemarle County Historical Task Force.

Bus Trip: American Revolution in Yorktown

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Time: 8 AM - 5 PM


Get on the bus with us! We'll start with a guided walking tour at Yorktown Battlefield and then spend the afternoon at the NEW American Revolution Museum with a guided highlights tour of the museum galleries and time on your own to further explore the museum or visit the outdoor living history outdoor encampment and farm.  Estimated cost $90. Let us know if you are interested! Members will enjoy priority and discounted reservations for themselves and a guest. Registration info will be sent out in early July.

CLOSURES in 2018




Sat May 26: Museum & Library closed holiday weekend. Wed July 4: Museum & Library closed holiday. Sat Sept 1: Museum & Library closed holiday weekend. Thu Sept 6: Museum & Library closed for member bus tour. Nov 22-24: Museum closed Thanksgiving break. Dec 22-Jan 1: Museum closed Christmas break.

Concert of World War I Era Music

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM

Location: Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Irvington

A crowd-favorite of our historical society, Ampersand String Band returns to Lancaster with traditional, folk, and blues songs of the 1914-1919 period. Location: Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury. $10 requested admission donation. Cash bar; no outside food or beverages. Reservations requested.

EXHIBIT: Lancaster in World War I, Home Front to Battle Front

Date: March 28-December 21, 2018


Location: Museum

Features more than 70 artifacts, documents, biographical profiles, and research panels that examine the war through the experiences of Lancaster County residents who served in the military and those who supported civilian efforts at home. The items, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection and on loan from community members, include uniforms, accessories, equipment, military certificates and service records, personal letters, soldier photographs, original war bond posters, and local Red Cross chapter notes. Open during museum hours Wed, Thu, Fri 10-4 (except closed July 4) and special Saturdays 11:00-3:00 on June 2, June 23, July 7, July 28, Aug 4, Aug 25. $5 admission donation requested.

Saturday Hours during WWI Exhibit

Date: Saturdays

Time: 11:00-3:00

Location: Museum

Special Saturday hours 11:00-3:00 on June 2, June 23, July 7, July 28, Aug 4, Aug 25 for viewing of "Lancaster in World War I" exhibit.