At 11 a.m. on Friday, February 1, the Warren Heritage Society (WHS) will unveil a new exhibit in the Front Royal Town Hall to celebrate the achievements and contributions of African-Americans prior to and after the establishment of Warren County.
The exhibit will be officially opened by Letasha Thompson. “As the first African-American woman elected to the Front Royal Town Council,” Thompson said, “I have a special interest in this exhibit, as it features the achievements of African-American women.”
The unveiling coincides with the opening of African-American History Month. Warren Heritage Society Executive Director Connie Marshner hopes that this exhibit will help to make known the Society’s ongoing effort to gather and preserve the African-American history of Front Royal and Warren County.
“This history is in danger of being lost without the help of the local community,” Marshner said. “I hope that this event will alert the community to the need to collect memories and memorabilia before they disappear forever.”
For many years, the southwest corner of Front Royal was known as “Freetown” or “South Town”. Now included in the U. S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places, it was bounded by Prospect Street and Criser Road and included Laurel, Pine, and Osage Streets. Letasha Thompson grew up on Osage Street, and remembers some of the buildings.
As this area has experienced “development” over the years, however, many of the old buildings have disappeared. In its heyday, however, it was a vibrant community with homes, schools, at least one church, a hotel, stores, businesses, and entertainment. Businesses had the names of Cozy Ace Restaurant, Elks Grill, Harlem Café, Lilian Davenport’s Beauty Shop, Toddy’s Grocery, Elks Hall, Pride of Warren Lodge, Pete’s Barber Shop, Timber’s Pool Room, and the Free Will Benevolent Society.
Sadly, however, neither the National Register nor the Warren Heritage Society has any pictures of Freetown. Nor are any memorabilia of Freetown to be found anywhere. The Heritage Society is seeking to save the history of Freetown before it is gone, and is actively seeking the help of the community.
If anybody has pictures or memorabilia – or even memories – of the area, it’s likely that somebody with roots in Front Royal has them or knows about them! Please share with us what you have. If you have information or pictures, please contact Archivist Deborah Corey at 540-636-1446, extension 2. “We will copy your pictures and return them to you, if you wish,” said Corey.
Marshner went on to say: “If someone is willing to talk about his or her memories or experience in Freetown, we will be happy to arrange an oral history interview with that person, either at the Heritage Society or in some other mutually convenient location.” She noted that oral history is something the Heritage Society has not done before, but because the clock is ticking so fast, “It is something we certainly will do if it will capture some memories.” Marshner stated.
The Laura Virginia Hale Archives, a section of the Warren Heritage Society, has a wealth of material documenting the African American experience in our area. “Our collection spans the centuries, from slave rental forms to desegregation. We have extensive genealogy and research tools to help anyone find ancestors. The Archives also has a collection of fiction and nonfiction books written by local African Americans writers about their and their families’ experiences,” Corey explained.
The Warren Heritage Society, www.WarrenHeritageSociety.org, is located at 101 Chester Street in Front Royal. We are open to the public Monday thru Friday from 10:00 to 4:00, and as of April will also be open on Saturdays from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Cracked Acorn: The Old, Old Story
I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his children begging for bread. – Psalm 37:25
Interesting how the Child Evangelism Fellowship started in 1937 by Jesse Overholtzer, who wanted to reach young children in the poor sections of our major cities. The target ages were from five to twelve and thought this as the best probability of someone embracing Jesus as his or her Savior. He was impressed by the scripture from Matthew, “I praise You,Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.”
The Milford Decision from the Supreme Court allowed the Fellowship to have Bible clubs at the end of the school day giving children songs, stories, and scriptures form the Bible ending with snacks. One teacher, age thirteen, was very successful on reaching out to youngsters by what he called speaking “childrenese.” He always ended with “Boys and girls, if you have never believed on Jesus, you have a problem,”
Lamar, a twelve-year-old, sitting with his two friends, said that he had been waiting for tangibles that the missionaries had promised. He said he had waited and waited, but nothing had changed. He had thought about going back to the club for another try, but he was undecided. “I took my heart out for God. One time should be enough.”
The Fellowship seems to have worked better in the Southern states. Bible clubs are meeting in 183 public schools in South Carolina, reaching 13,524 children. The clubs state that their additional goals are to “strive to promote positive moral character,provide training, and reinforce values.” The biggest draw is with single moms who want kids to get assistance with homework, even if they have to sit through a Gospel message.
The Bible club has had a recent convert, Edwin Parle, who is a nine-year-old, from a public housing complex in Hartford, relates the “Story” with kind of like Goosebumps, referring to the popular youth horror books written by R.L. Stine. “Well, there is something about Jesus and when you see Him on the cross you really believe in Him. He died for our sins. The afternoon sun reflected off Edwin’s wire-rim glasses, and he looked really calm and studious. (edited from LIKE I WAS JESUS-How to bring a nine-year-old to Christ By Rachel Aviv)
Tell me the old, old story of unseen things above,Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.Tell me the story simply, as to a little child,
For I am weak and weary, and helpless and defiled.Tell me the old, old story, tell me the old, old story,Tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and His love. (Katherine Hankey, 1866)
Dear GOD, I read your book and I like it. I would like to write a book some day with the same kind of stories. Where do you get your ideas? Best wishes. (Mark, age 9)
Dear GOD, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool! (Sean, age 4)
Dear GOD, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said You did it. So I bet he stole your idea. (Donna)
Dear GOD, Is it true my father won’t get into Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house? (Anita)
Dear GOD, I think about You sometimes even when I’m not praying. (Elliott)
12 great reasons to buy local
1. Help create jobs
If you buy your holiday goods from local shops, you’ll help generate a need to hire more employees. Retail jobs are relatively easy to qualify for, meaning that people who otherwise struggle to find work have a better chance of being hired. This allows them to secure income during the holidays and hopefully year-round.
2. Enjoy local traditions
3. Support non-profits
Small businesses tend to give more money to non-profit organizations, especially local ones. By completing your holiday shopping in the area, you’re ensuring they can give generously to organizations that help the less fortunate and other people in your region.
4. Get better customer service
Local business owners are passionate about their products. By buying local, you ensure that you’ll get the very best recommendations possible when making purchases. In fact, personalized customer service is a sure-fire way to guarantee you’ll get the perfect presents for your loved ones. And, even if you don’t, returning items will be a cinch.
5. Reduce your carbon footprint
Shopping locally is the eco-friendly thing to do, especially if you skip the car and do it on foot. Less driving translates to a decrease in fuel consumption and a smaller carbon footprint overall. In addition, local products haven’t traveled long distances to get to you. This holiday season, shop local to help protect the planet.
6. Stay informed
Visiting local shops during the holiday season is a great way to stay informed about what’s going on in your community. You’ll find out what holiday events are taking place, get insider tips about the best products around and reinforce your sense of belonging.
7. Meet Santa
Bring the kids along with you and turn your holiday shopping excursion into an outing for the family. The little ones can meet Santa, you can do a bit of browsing and everyone will enjoy indulging in a cup of hot cocoa afterwards.
8. Find unique presents
It’s easier to find something truly unique when shopping locally. While you could purchase artisanal creations off the internet, buying something from a local artist ensures it’ll be as special as the person you’re getting it for. Some items can even be personalized.
9. Get fresh food
Visit butchers, breweries, bakeries and gourmet grocers in your area to enjoy an outstanding holiday feast. In fact, buying local is the best way to find exceptionally fresh produce, pastries, meats and dairy products. In some cases, you may even be able to sample them beforehand. Plus, your local retailers can give you advice on how to prepare their products.
10. Eliminate stress
Shopping locally is a great way to eliminate stress. This is because you don’t need to worry about when packages will arrive or the possibility that they might get stolen. Plus, you don’t have to be concerned about returns or exchanges, as these things are super easy to do when you buy your items from the retailers in town.
11. Support your local economy
Did you know that many small businesses make between 20 and 40 percent of their annual income during the last two months of the year? November and December are crucial months and many stores rely on holiday sales to stay afloat. This holiday season, make sure to buy local so you can directly support the area’s economy.
12. Help build your community
Cafes, craft stores and bookshops are prime venues for events that can enrich your community. Supporting these places allows them to host classes, music shows and more, which helps to both enliven the holiday season and to invigorate the local economy.
How to choose the perfect Christmas tree
Do you love seeing and smelling a real Christmas tree in your home? If so, here are some tips for choosing the perfect one.
Determine what size
Choose a spot in your home to place your tree and don’t forget to measure it to make sure you don’t come home with one that’s too tall. The spot you select should be away from air vents so that the tree doesn’t prematurely dry out.
Choose the tree
Care for the tree
Store your tree outdoors or in the garage until you’re ready to decorate it. Right before you do, cut about an inch of the trunk off the bottom. This will allow your tree to soak up the water it needs to thrive indoors.
Put your tree in the stand and fill the basin with water. Make sure to add water daily so your tree doesn’t dry up. Wait a few hours for the branches and needles to settle before you start decorating.
A dry Christmas tree is a fire hazard. To minimize the risk, make sure to give it enough water, keep it far from the fireplace and use lights that don’t emit heat.
WATCH: Christmas Parade 2019
If you missed the Christmas Parade or want to see it again, sit back and enjoy!
This year the Christmas Parade was Hosted by Mike McCool, Publisher of the Royal Examiner. Thanks to Mark Williams from National Media Services, Inc for providing the video.
Open House! Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show
On Sunday, December 8th, Explore Art & Clay at the Kiln Doctor is having their Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show at 100 East 8th Street in Front Royal. The Royal Examiner stopped by on Saturday to see what was planned for the big event on Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.
Want to shop local for the Holidays? Well that’s a fantastic idea! This is the 5th Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show! Showcasing all the amazing artists of the area! Pieces ranging from mugs, paintings, bowls, cards, and so much more! They’ll have cider and cookies too.
The impact of target marketing in small business
Target marketing, according to Inc., is collecting information to determine your ideal customers among those who also need and will pay for your product or service.
For these purposes, you need their age, gender, family size, education level, and occupation. To find out where they are, you need their zip codes, size of the area, its population, and climate.
How does your ideal customer decide to make a purchase? The answer helps you determine why they buy what you’re selling, how much of it they need, and how often they must buy it.
Most social media profiles for your business provide a free demographic breakdown of customers like yours. Zip Codes can furnish vast amounts of info from the U.S. Census Bureau.
If you’re currently in business, your sales data clearly show what your customers are buying, when, and their purchase prices, among other data. For the essential feedback, talk to them in person or on the phone, conduct a few customer surveys. You don’t need a ton of responses to acquire a pretty good sense of your customer base.
In addition to the basic demographics, these should be among the takeaways from your target customers:
Is the distance to your location a problem? Parking? Public Transportation? Do, or can you, deliver?
How do they make a living? Knowing what your primary customers do can help you adjust your hours to fit their needs or devise special offers. Having an idea of the money they can or are willing to spend can help with your pricing. With this kind of information, you can confirm some of your assumptions regarding your customers and dismiss others.
Practical target marketing is almost always beneficial. And genuine interaction with your patrons — plus giving them what they want — is almost always a pathway to loyalty and future growth.