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Policy in Response to Covid 19

The Center is currently open by appointment only in response to Covid-19. Appointments will be divided into the following:

Mon, Wed, Thurs:  10:00am-12:45pm OR 1:00pm-3:45pm

Tues:  12:00pm-3:00pm only

Fri:  10:00am-1:00pm only

Please call 629-9191 to make an appointment and for more specific information.

No walk-ins will be accepted at this time.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time! This process is to help protect both staff members and patrons.

Author William Guerrant Visits the Center

Author William Guerrant, a native of Pittsylvania County, will discuss his first novel entitled “Jim Wrenn” on Tuesday, September 27, at 10:00am at the Bassett Historical Center. 

This program will be held in the Susan L. Adkins Memorial Meeting Room and is free and open to the public.

Everyone is welcome!

Genealogy Classes

A series of four free genealogy classes will be offered and held at the Bassett Historical Center each Tuesday in the month of October 2022 from 10:00am until 12:00noon.  The dates will be October 4, October 11, October 18, and October 25.  Each class builds on the class prior to it and will incorporate using resources and materials found at the Center as well as navigating genealogical websites and much more!  There will be something for all levels of "genealogists" and family researchers.

This series of four classes will be limited to twelve people so call and reserve your spot today at (276) 629-9191.

Vietnam Bench

The Bassett Historical Center is embarking on yet another military project and we need your help in spreading the word!

It was brought to our attention that a number of Veterans missed the opportunity to have their names included on the Vietnam Monument for numerous reasons.  The monument was installed on the grounds of the Center in 2018. So in order to include and recognize those Veterans in our “military square” who missed the opportunity to be included on the monument, we would like to incorporate a Vietnam Bench with names of those Veterans (living and deceased) who are not on the monument.  The same criteria for the monument will be applied to the bench.  Veterans must have served in Vietnam in country and must have some ties to the Martinsville-Henry County area.  In order to be included in this Vietnam Bench project, a copy of the Veteran’s DD214 (discharge papers) is required. 

  1. If the Veteran has been seen at the VA Hospital in Salem, contact them for a copy of the Veteran’s DD214.
  2. If the Veteran is deceased and has a military marker, contact the funeral home that was in charge of the arrangements for a copy of the Veteran’s DD214.
  3. We at the Bassett Historical Center cannot request a copy of a DD214 for you due to the privacy act.  A family member must do this as these papers are not for public use.

We are prepared to collect names for this Vietnam Bench project for the next six months.  We would like to include as many names as possible as we do not want to leave anyone out who would like to be included.  However, once these names are collected, approved, and sent to the engravers, no more names will be accepted.

The deadline for this project will be 1 March 2023.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Bassett Historical Center

(276) 629-9191 and ask for Fran or Anne.

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