I would like to introduce to you a new endeavor we have secured under our CHS umbrella – the Virtual Museum of the Roanoke Valley.
Last spring, the Historical Society of the Roanoke Valley was forced to suspend its plan to develop a virtual platform for their archives. From my previous work with the Historical Society’s board, I believed this work was too important to abandon. Through discussions with the people involved, it became apparent that CHS could assist in creating and maintaining a virtual museum platform. The benefits to the school involve teaching students archival techniques and enhancing their ability to do primary source research about the Valley.
The Board of Trustees joined me in appreciating this concept; and thus, now under CHS’s auspices, housed in an apartment upstairs, is the nascent Virtual Museum of Roanoke Valley at Community High School. Soon you will be able to find this entity through our website and enjoy a variety of virtual exhibits which we hope to host. Linda Steele is the Executive Director of the Museum.
The mission statement follows:
Virtual Museum of Roanoke Valley’s mission is to make digital copies of material related to the history of western Virginia’s mountains, valleys, and piedmont available online for everyone to see, to create “virtual exhibits” that tell stories related to this area, and to teach best archival practices to students at Community High School and others. Our initial focus is to seek out, digitize, and share online photographs, old letters and documents, family archival material, and other topics of regional interest.
Should you have questions about this endeavor or wish to become involved with this project, just send word to me or to Linda Steele (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I hope you will join me and the CHS Board of Trustees in enthusiastically embracing this new initiative to expand learning opportunities for us all.
Community High School