LoCo History Features Amherst County

| May 27, 2008

In honor of Preservation Month, Lynn Rainville, director of the Tusculum Institute at Sweet Briar College, has launched part two of LoCo History, a Web site dedicated to preserving local history.

LoCo stands for “local county,” Rainville said, and “emphasizes the fact that local lore and community knowledge contributes to our understanding of American history.”

Created in February 2007, LoCo History originally focused on Albemarle County history. The new site is dedicated to the history of Amherst County and includes blog posts, “Gravestone of the Week,” activities for kids and links to local resources, such as the Amherst County Museum and Historical Society and genealogy Web sites.

Soon, it also will include virtual tours of homes, monuments, neighborhoods and other things that prove, as Rainville puts it, “Amherst’s rich history is not dead and buried.”

Rainville hopes the informal blog format will encourage residents to contribute their own remembrances and photos of history sites. All posts will be open to comments from the community. Individuals interested in contributing short summaries of historic happenings in Amherst should contact her at lynn@locohistory.org.

The 2008 theme for Preservation Month, which was launched four years ago by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is celebrated in May, is “This Place Matters.” For more information, visit the National Trust’s Web site.

Category: Tusculum Institute