Heritage Committee

The Emmanuel Heritage Committee was established in 2006 and has been managed by a Steering Group of Christian Lehmbeck, Charley Mott, and Jack Scruby, Chair. We wish to announce the appointment of Delores Smith to serve in the Steering Group. Delores has been a member of the Heritage Committee since its founding in 2006 and has made invaluable contributions to it.

The Heritage Committee has concentrated efforts most recently on five areas of work already in progress from the previous year. 

  • Oral History Project
  • New History of Emmanuel
  • Greenwood Afton Rural Historic District
  • Historic Books
  • Outreach

The Oral History Program was undertaken in 2006 and was organized with the advice of Howell Smith, Professor of History at Wake Forest University. The program is managed by the Heritage Steering Group, with the goals of preserving the history of Emmanuel and its members and providing material for a new history of Emmanuel, now in progress. It is a pleasure to announce that Janice Fischer will begin leadership of Emmanuel's Oral History program after her retirement from the Emmanuel Parish Administrator position.

Oral Histories:

Interviewing of members of Emmanuel has been underway since 2006. As the files become available, they will be linked to this page. 

April 20, 2009 Interview with Rev. Sarah Gaventa Clip One

April 20, 2009 Interview with Rev. Sarah Gaventa Clip Two

April 20, 2009 Interview with Rev. Sarah Gaventa Clip Three

April 20, 2009 Interview with Rev. Sarah Gaventa Clip Four

 

Another video of interest:

Frances Jack Scruby talks about her book on the Rev. Frederick Neve - pt 1

Frances Jack Scruby talks about her book on the Rev. Frederick Neve - pt 2

 

New History of Emmanuel

Since 2006, Sandy Von Thelen and Julia Shields have been collecting information on a new history of Emmanuel. The Oral History project is a necessary contributor to this collection. Anyone who has information pertinent to this project is urged to contact Sandy or Julia. 

 

Greenwood Afton Rural Historic District

The Greenwood Afton Rural Historic District Committee is delighted to have achieved its goal of placing its 16,700 acre area on the VIrginia Historic Landmark Register in December 2010 and the National Register of Historic Places in May of 2011. A historic marker describing the district may be seen on Route 250, Rockfish Gap Turnpike, opposite the lumber yard in Yancey Mills.

Most recently the committee has been working with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources on the proper wording of a second marker for the district at the I-64 Rockfish Gap overlook. 

 

Historic Books

100 Years of Serving Our Lord- 1860-1960, by Langhorne Gibson, Sr. may be obtained by calling Jack Scruby.

NEVE— Virginia's Thousandfold Man is available through Amazon or Jack Scruby.

Help Yourself to the Butter- Remembrances of the Reverend H. Lee Marston, His Family and Friends by Minor Lee Marston is available from the Marston Family.

Contacts for the Emmanuel Heritage programs and projects are Christian Lehmbeck, Delores Smith, Jack Scruby, and the Emmanuel Church office.

 

 


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