In 2015, the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society accepted over 100 new artifacts into our collection. Comprising of objects, documents, and photographs, the collections helps place the Eastern Shore of Virginia within the broader global context. Donations of artifacts relating to Shore businesses, lands, and history all help tell the unique story of the Eastern Shore. Here are just a few highlights of what was collected in 2015:
- Born in August of 1898, Allen Ray Watson grew up on the Eastern Shore. In May of 2017, he enlisted in the Maryland National Guard. Called into active duty in July of that same year, Watson was shipped to the front lines of World War I in Europe. He was killed in action on October 15, 1918. His nephew donated several artifacts relating to Corporal Allen Ray Watson, including a picture of his entire unit, a framed certificate from France in memory of Watson’s “death for liberty,” as well as a digitized book detailing Allen Watson’s life from photographs to transcripts of the letters he sent to his brother Wilkes.
- A Jacket, Pennant and booklet were donations relating to Temperanceville School which was host to a high school, elementary school and primary school during its long existence. It’s earliest students arrived by horse drawn vehicles or boarded in town. Temperanceville School closed it’s doors to students in 1978.
- Photographer Mary Lincoln Hunt was contacted by the Library of Congress to complete a photo tour of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, recording life and homes up and down the shore. Using a browning camera, she took pictures of historic houses and other aspects of life along the shore, writing details about the houses and people on the back of the photographs. Her young daughter, Alice Lincoln Hunt, went along to document the Eastern Shore, and therefore shows up in many of the photographs. These photographs were used for a 1929 Library of Congress Project that showed life in 1920s America.
We are grateful to all the donations made this year to our collections, and look forward to preserving and displaying them for visitors, researchers, and future Eastern Shore generations.