November 11, 2018 will be the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War which is now known as World War I. Staunton’s own, Woodrow Wilson, declared November 11 as Armistice Day as this was the day that fighting between Germany and the United States ended. On this day of remembrance for all Veterans, we give thanks to our living veterans who served the United States during war or peacetime. Several local organizations in the Staunton area have come together to plan for a week long commemoration of World War I and to celebrate our Veterans of all wars. Please plan to attend the many events being offered in our area.
Special Thank you to the Community Foundation of the Blue Ridge, First Presbyterian Church of Staunton, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library for underwriting the promotion of these events.
Join WWPL President Robin von Seldeneck as she interviews President Woodrow Wilson (portrayed by Judd Bankert). Robin will interview the President on a range of topics and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions as well.
The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra is pleased to join the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in presenting the inaugural concert of a week-long series of events commemorating the centennial of Armistice Day — the official end of World War I. The program will feature works inspired by and/or composed during or just following the Great War by Elgar, Fauré, Holst, and Korngold as well as patriotic selections by Bagley, Gould, and Sousa that were known to rally the Nation on behalf of our troops. Renowned concert cellist Jennifer Kloetzel will be the featured soloist. The concert will take place at First Presbyterian Church in Staunton, Virginia on Monday, November 5 at 7:00 PM. Admission is free, tickets are not required, and donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. For more information about the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra, please visit our website at wsomusic.org.
Caitlyn Alexander is a MBU student majoring in Anthropology/Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice Nancy Sorrells is a local historian and author. She sits on the Augusta County Historical Society Board and edits the society's history journal. Caitlyn is currently an ACHS intern where she is doing research on the influenza outbreak.
The Ovation Singers is a Staunton based choral group created in 1985 to serve the specific needs of its audiences. Performing educational, historical, seasonal and entertaining concerts, using many of their own special musical arrangements, they offer programs relevant to the audiences' themes and events.
In this celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Great War Armistice, they will present a concert of music associated with the War and Staunton's own unique association with it.
Singing for festivals, celebrations, and civic or church events, they have become the Valley’s musical ambassadors, with appearances throughout Virginia, from Yorktown to The Homestead.
In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Charles Culbertson has worked as a journalist, theater reviewer, historian, publisher, editor and public relations specialist. He is perhaps best known for his series of books focusing on the history of Staunton, Virginia. Some of his most popular works include "The Staunton, Virginia Anthology," "Staunton, Virginia: A Treasury of Historic Tales” (volumes 1 and 2)" and "Forgotten Hero: The Story of Jack Manch”.
Trumpet: Greg Corder and Brad Arnold
French Horn: Keith Smith
Trombone: Pete Echols
Tuba: Gordon Roberts
Mary Baldwin Choir - David Tate, Conductor
Jihye Lovelace, pianist
Edmund is a native of Lynchburg, Virginia and the Curator of the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation’s Stonewall Brigade Museum in Verona. Dr. Potter also teaches at Piedmont Virginia Community College and for the United States Air Force Graduate Program. He is an expert in World War I and earned his PhD from Auburn and his Masters from UVA.
The Stonewall Brigade Band is the oldest-continuous among over 2,000 community bands in the nation. Initially formed as a brass band, we have grown and changed into a community concert band with the usual woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, averaging 70 playing members (out of about 100 on the active roll) on each Summer concert. Our age range is 12 through 85. The band has had well over 1000 members during its long history. Our members come from several Shenandoah Valley cities and counties, and other areas of the Virginia and West Virginia.
Historians and authors Gregg Clemmer and Nancy Sorrells will tell the stories of their family’s almost forgotten soldiers – two local boys (Ashby Forrest Painter and Herman Leonard Clemmer) who represent the thousands of young men who went off to serve their country in WWI and never returned home. And, while the stories of the two men are typical of those who served in World War I, the twisting, turning detective work needed to uncover the facts are somewhat unusual. Clemmer’s story comes via a framed photograph found in a trash pile in Nebraska. Painter’s tale was uncovered on a nearly 70-year-old quilt in North Carolina.
From 10:00 AM to 9 PM, World War One exhibit with trench focusing on the WWI story of the local military unit, the 116th Infantry Regiment, Also with refreshments and movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" (Original Version) from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 566 Lee Highway, Verona VA 24482
The 2018 Woodrow Wilson Annual Luncheon “The War to End All Wars: Wilson’s Vision for a New World Order” a panel discussion featuring Dr. John Milton Cooper and Dr. Thomas Knock moderated by Dr. Bryan LeBeau.
Benjamin K. Roe of the Heifetz Institute examines how World War I both coincided with and triggered dramatic upheavals in music from classical to popular, shifting the cultural landscape from the Age of Monarchs to Modernism. The presentation will include both recorded and live performances (by cellist Ana Abrantes and pianist Lynne Mackey of the Heifetz Institute’s PEG program) that will evoke all the turmoil, anguish, passion and even humor of the age, from here to “Over There,” spanning from the jingoistic, nationalistic fervor of the prewar era, typified by works like Edward Elgar’s Shakespeare-inspired “Pomp and Circumstance,” to the postwar experimentalism of such figures as Schoenberg, Zoltan Kodaly, and even John Alden Carpenter, composer of the “Krazy Kat Jazz Pantomime.
"Romeo and Juliet" - the story of warring factions and the search for peace in a troubled time.
Thomas Howie National Guard Armory and Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, VA, Open to the Public. Registration can be online and Details in the attached Flyer. Links to register: https://www.active.com/staunton-va/running/distance-running-races/26th-annual-116th-infantry-regiment-5k-event-2018?int= or: https://116thfoundation.org/5krace/
Come see a World War I Navy living history program and “enlist” in the military! Learn about World War I and the Navy, and discover uniforms and artifacts from the period. Enter a tent and go back in time to see how the Navy was growing and changing during the war, and how it led to the Navy we think of today.
The parade route starts at Augusta and Frederick streets, then east on Frederick to Market streets, south on Market to Beverley streets and west on Beverley Street to the disband point at the corner of West Beverley and Washington streets. The public is invited to come out and line the streets to support our veterans.
From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, World War One exhibit with trench focusing on the WWI story of the local military unit, the 116th Infantry Regiment, Also with heavy refreshments and special Commemoration Ceremony with France via Live link at 5:00 PM.
Celebrate Armistice Day and learn about Naval history and the heritage from World War I to World War II. Discover uniforms from the period and learn how they changed over time. After learning about them, design your own military patch like the sailors and even soldiers wore.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library In recognition of President Woodrow Wilson’s involvement in the formation of Veterans Day all veterans, active military members, and their families will be entitled to free admission to the Presidential Library and Museum on Veteran’s Day. Admission includes guided tours of President Wilson’s Birthplace and self-guided tours of the Woodrow Wilson Museum, which includes the President’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine and the World War I trench exhibit.
The talk is sponsored by the Augusta County Historical Society and will be held at the Augusta County Government Center, Verona.