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the gist

ASHLEY WEBB (LEFT) AND LYNSEY ALLEN

DAN SMITH

Botetourt was initially an enormous
county that included all of Kentucky
and its borders went to the Mississippi
River and Lake Michigan. Fincastle was
the county seat and retains the archives.
Botetourt began as part of Augusta
County but broke off and those counties
consisted of what is now six states.
" Things have been disorganized [since
moving from Center], " says Stone. " It's
settled down and we can better focus on
exhibits and raising our profile. "
The popular Jimmy Deck exhibit
is a good example of what Webb calls
" thinking outside the box. " Deck is an
amateur photographer, model railroader
and historian whose interests are varied
and widely popular.
Board member Carol Fralin says there
is a new emphasis on the 20th century
and the cultural background of the area.
To that end, the HSWV has hired an
educator (retired Naval officer Rich
Davis) as a consultant to go with the
museum's two full-time employees (Webb
and Lynsey Allen, the museum manager)
and three part-timers, as well as a raft of
volunteers.
Botetourt County's anniversary is
not just a cause for celebration in these
mountains, it also presents the Historical
Society of Western Virginia a prime
opportunity to reintroduce itself to an
old audience and bring in a new one.
-DAN SMITH

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