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Online Videos and Audio

StoryCorps,  a non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, came to the Shenandoah Valley in 2021 to record conversations on a variety of topics.  This is the link to the 35 minute conversation recorded between Lisa Custalow and Bill Henry as they discussed Lisa’s family’s story of being moved out of the mountains, the formation of the Children of Shenandoah, and the founding of the Blue Ridge Heritage Project

“The Iris Still Blooms”  Produced by WVPT in 2014, this 26 minute documentary tells the story of the displacement of the people of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the coming of Shenandoah National Park through the words of the people who lived through the evictions and those whose dream was to have a new national park

“The Displaced Families of Shenandoah National Park”  This ten minute documentary uses period photographs, footage, and recordings of the people who were removed from their homes to tell the story of the removals

“A Richer Land: The Tragedy and Triumph of the Creation of Shenandoah National Park”  This ten minute video was researched and produced in 2019 by sisters and high school students, Ava and Mia Lazar, as their entry in the National History Day competition.  The documentary won an award at the state level and the sisters went on to compete at the national level

“Cemeteries of Shenandoah National Park”:  Many cemeteries lie and grave sites lie within the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park.  Nature has reclaimed many of the small family cemeteries while those more accessible to park roads are still maintained and used.  This ten minute video takes the viewer on a tour of some of the larger cemeteries in the park

“Dean Cemetery – Shenandoah National Park”  Craig Lam, local resident and , historian, and descendant of displaced families created this seven minute tour of history and fall colors featuring the Dean Cemetery

“The Great Depression, Displaced Mountaineers, and the CCC”  This ten minute video uses a montage of  period photographs to depict life during the Great Depression, the removal and relocation of the people of the Blue Ridge, and the activities of the Civilian Conversation Corps in turning the mountains into a national park

The Shenandoah 52 Hiking Project is filming a documentary on the history of the park. To the right is a preview of one of many interviews that will be included in the film here.

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