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A Simpler Place in Time

On Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at 10:00 am in the Susan L. Adkins Memorial Meeting Room of the Bassett Historical Center, author Shirley Hale Whitlow takes readers back to “A Simpler Place in Time” in her new book.  She shares experiences and childhood, growing up in a large family and living the simple yet meaningful life.  In this book, readers will find a collection of 25 short stories for all ages.  The stories take place in the rural area of Ferrum, which is in the Southern part of Virginia.  It tells about her childhood memories growing up in the mid-50s.  These inspiring stories include visiting grandparents, conversations around the dinner table, spending Christmas in the mountains, attending public schools, learning life’s lessons (including how to drive) and plenty of other surprising twists and turns.

“Life has become such a fast pace and this book will allow most readers to slow things down and enjoy the real meaning of life,” Whitlow says.  Interjected with humor and a unique narrative voice, “A Simpler Place in Time” is an entertaining and insightful read.  This program is free and open to the public!



A Simpler Place in Time



Rhythms by the River

"Rhythms by the River" will be held at the Bassett Historical Center on Saturday, 22 July 2017, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. This outdoor program, co-sponsored by GBAC and Bassett Historical Center, is free and open to the public. Bring your own chair or blanket and come enjoy the music!






Minnie Pearl

Bassett Historical Center presents Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017, at 10:30am "Sarah Robertson, Henry County's own Minnie Pearl".

"Minnie Pearl" returns to the Bassett Historical Center! Sarah Robertson returns as the unforgettable "Minnie Pearl" for a knee slapping, storytelling good ole' fashion time.

Sarah Robertson was born and raised in Bristol, Virginia and moved to Henry County in 1970. A teacher for 34 years, Sarah became a member of the Wesley Senior Theater Troupe upon her retirement. It was with this group that she said she gradually emerged as Minnie Pearl, sharing Minnie's home-spun humor about the folks at Grinder's Switch, Tennessee. We look forward to meeting Sarah's "Minnie" aka Sarah Colley Cannon.

Join us for lots of fun and laughter. This presentation that is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Susan L. Adkins Memorial Meeting Room at the Bassett Historical Center.






Discovering Your Roots - Genealogy Classes

A series of classes on "Discovering Your Roots" - genealogical research - will be held from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Bassett Historical Center on each Tuesday in September 2017. Genealogy 1 and Genealogy 2, offered on 5 September and 12 September respectively, are for those just beginning their family research and will cover the basics of research and the materials available at the Center. Genealogy 3 and Genealogy 4, offered on 19 September and 26 September respectively, will cover the use of several different genealogical websites. In order to benefit from the 3rd and 4th classes, participants will need to have taken the first two classes and/or have a basic understanding of computer use. There is no charge for the classes which will be conducted by Cindy (Hubbard) Headen, Genealogy Assistant at the Bassett Historical Center. Cindy is a graduate of Fieldale-Collinsville High School, Roanoke Bible College (now Mid-Atlantic Christian University) and Elizabeth City State University. She has been doing genealogical research for over 19 years and has worked at the Historical Center for 12 years. When you sign up for Genealogy 1, you will automatically be signed up for the other three classes. The classes are limited to 12 people, so call the Historical Center to reserve a spot. (276-629-9191).










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