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Historical Society of Western Virginia

Women’s suffrage helped spawn Roanoke’s first libraries. more

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The Dominion Tower went up as the Hunter Viaduct was coming down. more

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The American Theatre, circa 1927, was at the corner of South Jefferson Street and Kirk Avenue SW. The marquee advertises the silent movie “Thirteenth Hour.” more

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It was a great year for happiness – for Dr Pepper and in Roanoke’s celebrating its 75th birthday. more

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A three-foot snowfall was both the symbol and start of an economic collapse more

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President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Virginia Governor George C. Peery, and Sixth District Congressman Clifton Alexander Woodrum rode in a Packard Phaeton to the V.A. dedication ceremony. more

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Virginia’s first enclosed, air-conditioned mall opened 50 years ago this July. more

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Burrell Memorial Hospital opens to serve Roanoke’s African-American community. more

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After a 60-year run that began with mule power, the age of the Roanoke streetcar came to an end. more

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Memorial Bridge was dedicated, but not until after protests by veterans that it was merely a city improvement rather than a true memorial. more

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