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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
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.