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2017 MVPA Annual Meeting Features Two Local Experts & Your Stories & Photos!

Discovering Our Place in Historical Landscapes & Communities.

Please make plans to attend our Mountain Valley Preservation Alliance 2017 Annual Meeting at the historic Natural Bridge Hotel, Natural Bridge, Virginia, on March 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm.

We will begin our meeting with the famous Sunday Brunch served in the beautiful Colonial Dining Room directly across the hotel lobby from our meeting space in the Jefferson Ballroom. Our afternoon begins with a short Membership Meeting to elect new directors and receive a summary of 2016 operations. We then continue with our two featured speakers – Jeffrey Ruggles and Ray Wright. We will have a social break following the first speaker with beverages and snacks before hearing from our second speaker.

Our afternoon will end with a time for questions, time to view the shared pictures and paintings, and time for visits with other attendees. And, we will have a raffle of several items as a small fund-raiser – raffle tickets will be just $5.00 each!

Featured Speakers:
jeffrey-ruggles-bioJeffrey Ruggles, M.F.A – Art Historian, serves as Program Administrator for VCU Road Scholar. Mr. Ruggles holds a M.F.A. in Design/Photography from VCU and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is a historian and photographer, with specialties including the history of Virginia and 19th–20th century popular culture. His book The Unboxing of Henry Brown (2003) is a biography of the fugitive slave and performer Henry Box Brown. From 2002-10 Ruggles served as Curator of Prints and Photographs at Virginia Historical Society. Photography in Virginia (2008) is a companion book to the 2008–09 survey exhibition at VHS. Other gallery exhibitions include Early Images of Virginia Indians (2003) and Organized Labor in Virginia (2010), and a long-term Battle Abbey installation, The Virginia Manufactory of Arms (2005). Online exhibitions include Early Images of Virginia Indians and Early Ventures to the Falls, 1607–10. His talk will be “Edward Beyer and the Album of Virginia.”

Ray Wright – Curator of Architectural History at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. With over 25 years at the Frontier Culture Museum, Ray’s knowledge of early structures, including the European examples, and their contributions to the making of American architecture is unmatched. He also has extensive knowledge about early valley homesteads and the influences and differences in structures between communities. His talk will be “Our Forgotten Valley Homesteads.”

Now, for your part in the program – please look through your old photographs, artwork and/or documents for any that feature old towns, homesteads, landscapes, skills such as butchering or soap-making, and buildings, and then bring them to share with others. And we also invite you to share any stories you have about the subjects of the photos and pictures. If you do not know the subject or location of your photo or artwork, maybe another attendee will be able to help with the identification.

Complete the registration form and return along with your payment by check to MVPA, P.O. Box 525, Lexington, VA  24450. Please make checks payable to “MVPA.” You may also register and pay securely online at the link below. Donate $45 for each ticket purchased if you belong to MVPA, or $50 for each nonmember ticket purchased. Be sure to provide your contact information!

Please register by March 14, 2017.  For any questions, please contact Sharon Horn by phone 540-430-0910 or email

We look forward to seeing you on March 19th in Natural Bridge!