• Annual Dinner Tickets On Sale

    Mar 04, 2016
    "History Is Served," a sit-down dinner with music, silent auction and dancing, is planned March 4 at The Hotel Roanoke. The speaker will be Amy Clark, co-editor of "Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community." Professor Clark is chair of the Department of Communication Studies and co-director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at University of Virginia's College at Wise. The Appalac... more>>

  • Appalachian Exhibit opens Feb. 12

    Jan 05, 2016
    "Keepers of the Tradition," a window into Appalachian lifestyle and culture, opens Feb. 12 at the History Museum of Western Virginia. The exhibit highlights the collaborative efforts of artist Leslie Roberts Gregg and author Michael Abraham, who have collected traditions and observed ways of life passed down through generations. Opening reception is Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Admission $8 for non-members. more>>

  • Thank you to our sponsors!

    Jan 05, 2016
    Fantasyland was a great success in 2015 because of the support of sponsors Howell's Motor Freight, BNC-Bank of North Carolina and Tidy Services. Thanks also for promotion in window of Grand Home Furnishings, Valley View. Watch for Fantasyland 2016 to be an even bigger event. The museum welcomes sponsorships and donations and appreciates all who supported us in 2015.

  • Appalachian History Talk Video

    Sep 25, 2015
    View a recording of talk by Peter Givens, retired interpretive specialist on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Givens, who teaches Appalachian history at Virginia Western Community College, discussed the history of Appalachia Sept. 23 in a lecture sponsored by the Historical Society of Western Virginia.


  • Updated! – New Date for 'Look at Beyer'

    7:00pm - Feb 23, 2016
    Roanoke attorney Al McLean, a board member of the Historical Society of Western Virginia, will talk about the book, Edward Beyer’s Travels through America, an Artist’s View for the first evening lecture of the Society in 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church, Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. The book contains the first English translation of the German artist’s own description of his travels, in addition to many of his colorful lithographs of western Virginia scenes. McLean wrote an essay for the book, which was published by the Society.