2023 Programs

Civil War Mapmaking and the work of Jed Hotchkiss by Don Teter
Thursday May 25, 2023 6:30pm
Live at the Darden Mill
101 Railroad Avenue
Elkins, WV

This presentation will discuss the need for maps and how it was addressed,
highlighting the work of Confederate topographer Jedediah Hotchkiss, who got
his start as a military mapper in early July 1861 at Camp Garnett and Rich
Mountain. Hotchkiss continued his work in (West) Virginia at Valley Mountain
with Generals William Loring and Robert E. Lee in August and September 1861,
and eventually embarked upon one of the most remarkable mapping projects of
the war in response to Stonewall Jackson’s request for a comprehensive map of
the Shenandoah Valley.
Don Teter, President of the Randolph County Historical Society, earned a
degree in History and Political Science from Davis and Elkins College, and spent
over 35 years self-employed as a land surveyor. He has been presenting
professional continuing education seminars for twenty years, and has been
Assistant Professor of Surveying at Fairmont State University since 2018.
The program can also be viewed online – On Zoom
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2018 Programs

May 5, Saturday, 1:00 PM at Randolph County Museum, Beverly

DAR – Preserving Local History

Join us for a public program about the John Hart Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, and their work supporting local
and family history in Randolph County. The program will honor the DAR
for their support with a Special Projects Grant for a new climate
control system for the Randolph County Museum building, recently
completed. The Randolph County Commission and other project funders will
also be recognized.

The program will include a tour of the Museum and a reception. The
public is invited to attend.



DAR Program Supports Randolph County Museum

Come celebrate a unique partnership to preserve local history at the Randolph County Museum in Beverly. The John Hart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be featured in a program honoring preservation of the Museum building.

On Saturday May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m., the Randolph County Historical Society will present its spring program “DAR Preserving Local History.” The presentation will share about the local and national DAR organization and their work. A Special Projects Grant awarded by the National Daughters of the American Revolution made possible the installation of a climate control system in the Randolph County Museum.

“This partnership gives an opportunity to highlight the preservation work of the National DAR, and how we brought their help to a much needed project supporting our local Randolph County history,” said Barbara McCreary, Vice-Regent of the John Hart DAR chapter. “We invite all of those interested in local and family history to come join us in this celebration, and to see the progress at the Randolph County Museum.”

The program will recognize and thank the National Daughters of the American Revolution and the Randolph County Commission for their support for the climate control project, followed by a tour of the museum and a reception. Community members are invited to attend.

The climate control installation was made possible by the $10,000 DAR grant, matched with a contribution of $10,000 from the Randolph County Commission. Randolph County Historical Society is still seeking remaining funds for the $25,000 project.Installation of the gas heating system, with air conditioning and humidity control, will help to preserve the 1828 Bosworth building where the Museum is housed. Replacing outdated and inadequate electric baseboard heaters, the new HVAC system will help maintain steadier temperatures and humidity in the building year round, which will improve preservation of the historic building and the Society’s extensive collections.

The DAR Special Projects Grants Program, which was initiated in 2011, provides local community grant funding to support projects exemplifying the DAR mission areas of Historic Preservation, Education, and Patriotism. The program is open to public charity 501(c)(3) entities only. The grant application must be sponsored by a DAR chapter or by a DAR State Society. Projects must be completed with one year of initial grant funding.

For more information about the May 5th program see www.randolphhistoricalwv.org or call 304-637-7424. For more information about DAR visit www.dar.org .

For more information:

Barbara McCreary
[email protected]

Phyllis Baxter
[email protected]