Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records

A Guide to the Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records 1972-1977 Ms.1976.001


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John M. Jackson

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1976.001
Title
Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records1972-1977
Quantity
1 Cubic Feet
Creator
Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission (Montgomery County, Va.)
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection contains the records of commission formed to organize events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the formation of the United States and Montgomery County, Virginia. It includes correspondence, minutes, working notes and papers, printed material, photos, memorabilia, and a scrapbook.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records, Ms1976-001, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

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


Biographical Note

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 Contents

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Montgomery County Bicentennial Commission Records by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Correspondence
  • box-folder 1 folder: 11973-1974
  • box-folder 1 folder: 21975
  • box-folder 1 folder: 31976
  • box-folder 1 folder: 41977, n.d.
Minutes
box-folder 1 folder: 51974-1976
Committees
box-folder 1 folder: 61974-1975, n.d.
Event planning notes and preparatory materials
box-folder 1 7 (2 folders)1975-1976, n.d.
Montgomery County seal
box-folder 1 folder: 8n.d.
Newsletters and programs
box-folder 1 folder: 91975-1976
Bicentennial merchandise catalogs
box-folder 1 folder: 101975, n.d.
Other local organizations and events
box-folder 2 folder: 11972-1976
Other Virginia localities
box-folder 2 folder: 21973-1975, n.d.
Statewide organizations and events
box-folder 2 folder: 31975-1976
National organizations
box-folder 2 4 (4 folders)1974-1976
Photos and memorabilia
box-folder 2 folder: 51976
"Bicentennial Celebrations, 1976: Montgomery County, Virginia" [scrapbook]
box-folder 2 6 (3 folders)1976