A Guide to the Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records 1972-1977 Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records, 1972-1977 Ms1976-001

A Guide to the Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records 1972-1977

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1976-001


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Ms1976-001
Title
Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records 1972-1977
Physical Characteristics
2 containers; 1.0 cu. ft.
Collector
Donor
Language
English
Abstract
Records of commission formed to organize events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the formation of the United States and Montgomery County, Virginia. Includes correspondence, minutes, working notes and papers, printed material, photos, memorabilia, and a scrapbook.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records must be obtained from the Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records, Ms1976-001 - Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Acquisition Information

The Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records were donated to Newman Library in 1976 and 1977.


Biographical/Historical Information

The 200th anniversary of the establishment of the United States gave rise not only to national-scale celebrations but hundreds of smaller celebrations at the state and county level, as well. These commemorative events focused on communities' pioneer history and heritage and often coincided with the production of local histories and other commemorative materials. By coincidence, Montgomery County, Virginia also celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1976. In 1973, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors created a commission to organize events which would not only commemorate the U.S. bicentennial but would also celebrate and preserve the history of Montgomery County, its communities and institutions. Chaired by Virginia Tech animal science professor George Litton, the commission also organized tours of local areas and designed commemorative items, including an emblem which is used today as the Montgomery County seal. The commission's activities culminated in the "Festival of Independence" celebrations in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, July 2-4, 1976.

Scope and Content Information

This collection contains the records of the Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission, which organized local events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the formation of the United States and Montgomery County, Virginia. The collection includes the correspondence of commission chair George W. Litton, and a set of the commission's minutes. Also included are records of the commission's committees, event planning notes and background materials, information on the design of the Montgomery County seal, programs and newsletters published by commission, and catalogs for bicentennial commemorative merchandise. Materials from other Virginia localities, statewide organizations, and national organizations are also included, as are a few photos and pieces of memorabilia. Completing the collection is a scrapbook-type compilation, assembled by the commission, providing an overview of its activities together with registration lists for the various events.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type.

Contents List

Correspondence
  • Box-folder 1-1
    1973-1974
  • Box-folder 1-2
    1975
  • Box-folder 1-3
    1976
  • Box-folder 1-4
    1977, n.d.
Minutes 1974-1976
Box-folder: 1-5
Committees 1974-1975, n.d.
Box-folder: 1-6
Event planning notes and preparatory materials 1975-1976, n.d.
Box-folder: 1-7 (2 folders)
Montgomery County seal n.d.
Box-folder: 1-8
Newsletters and programs 1975-1976
Box-folder: 1-9
Bicentennial merchandise catalogs 1975, n.d.
Box-folder: 1-10
Other local organizations and events 1972-1976
Box-folder: 2-1
Other Virginia localities 1973-1975, n.d.
Box-folder: 2-2
Statewide organizations and events 1975-1976
Box-folder: 2-3
National organizations 1974-1976
Box-folder: 2-4 (4 folders)
Photos and memorabilia 1976
Box-folder: 2-5
"Bicentennial Celebrations, 1976: Montgomery County, Virginia" [scrapbook] 1976
Box-folder: 2-6 (3 folders)