Celebrate the past and present with us at the 21st annual Brocks Gap Heritage Day, Sat., April 16, 2011, at Fulks Run Elementary School, Fulks Run, VA, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See old photos of Brocks Gap families, use our books to do research, talk with other researchers, watch spinners turning wool into yarn. Three new programs this year:
11:30 Researching Family History at Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society by Pat Messick
1:00 Snips, Strips, Mutants, and Ancestors: Using DNA for family history research. by David F. Ritchie
2:30 Belsnickeling Program, an old Brocks Gap Christmas-time custom, by Audrey Turner McLendon. We’ll “Let the Belsnickelers In” and try to guess their identities.
If you have any Brocks Gap roots, you'll be related to many of the people who attend. If you don’t have BG roots, we’ll make you a cousin for the day.
We have over 130 tri-fold posters of some of our old photo collections arranged by families, by churches, schools, activities such as logging, butchering, etc. Pat Ritchie’s personal library of family, local and regional histories will be available to use for your research.
Other researchers will gather, share their material & sell their books. New books will be for sale, and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society will be there with other books to sell.
If you have old photos of Brocks Gap families, bring them to be copied for future books. This year we are especially looking for photos and stories about Fulks Run Elementary School for a book about its first 50 years.
First grade class, 1962, Fulks Run Elem. School