Temporary Exhibit


On Display May 2019 - May 2020

In 2018, the Louisa County Historical Society began an oral history project with the goal of documenting a broad and accurate picture of life in Louisa County during the 1950s by recording the memories of the people who lived it. The oral histories illustrate both similarities and differences in personal experiences and show that there is no one singular experience of Louisa County during the 1950s. This exhibit highlights major themes that emerged from the first year of this multi-year research project.

The oral history project was made possible through grant funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation’s Enriching Communities Program. The documentary film was made possible through grant funding from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation's Louisa Fund Program. The film was produced by three Louisa County High School interns: Toby Craig, Alex de Montbel, and Tyler Yeatts. This exhibition was curated by Steven Jakobovic.

We are deeply grateful to those who shared their memories with us and those who worked on the oral history interviews, research, and this exhibition.



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