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This photograph depicts the opening of the Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in 1934. The Skyline Drive was created to be a scenic driving road along side of the mountains and to be a part of the Shenandoah National Park. The…

This photograph depicts sections of the 3166th Quartermaster Service Company, Color Guard, and 3167th Quartermaster Service Company of Camp Hill as they marched down Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. They, along with Shipyard workers' floats, Camp…

Touted as the largest and most magnificent exposition of all time, the New York World’s Fair opened at Flushing Meadow in April 1939. In the Court of States, one exhibition was strikingly different from the rest: the Virginia Room, “an island of…

After many of the regular farmhands joined the military or industrial forces in World War II, the Women's Land Army was formed in order to provide essential labor to American farms and farmers. From 1943 to 1945 the Women's Land Army recruited,…

Lynchburg native Desmond T. Doss (1919-2006) was the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The award was given for his bravery on Okinawa in May 1945.  Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, objected to killing and…

On April 14, 1945, U.S. President Frankin Delano Roosevelt was buried in Hyde Park, NY following funeral services at the White House.  Roosevelt had been elected four times to the office of President, a feat never matched, and now prohibited by the…

From September 1939 - December 1941, the United States was not officially at war with any of the Axis powers. While support was given to the Allies through programs such as Lend-Lease, there was a strong isolationist sentiment following World War I…

James H. Dooley was a Virginia politician and businessman in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. After the Civil War, he amassed a great amount of wealth by expanding railroad services. In 1869 he married Sallie May Dooley, a daughter of a…

Based in New York, N.Y., 1942-1946. Artists for Victory, Inc. was a non-profit organization of more than ten thousand artists formed to assist in the war effort by using their artistic abilities. Their activities included a British-American goodwill…

This photograph, taken on January 8, 1944, in Warehouse 29 in Newport News, documents women working on hydraulic bridge parts for shipment overseas during World War II. During the war, thousands of Virginia women held industrial and other war-related…
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