Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady of Virginia Pam Northam, Senator Lynwood Lewis and Delegate Rob Bloxom will be on hand Thursday at a ceremony recognizing the state’s appropriation of $1 million for the Eastern Shore of Virginia Heritage Center at the new regional library in Parksley.

The library is being built to open in 2020 and this will give us the opportunity to usher in a new era for the study of Eastern Shore history. The library will include a Heritage Center, a state-of-the-art, climate controlled facility that will house books, photographs, genealogical records, and manuscripts.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Heritage Center will be secure, spacious, and otherwise well equipped to meet current and future archival needs. The Heritage Center will enhance the ability of the library to teach humanities and to partner with other community resources, including the public schools, the Literacy Council, local museums, and civic groups.  At the same time, the Heritage Center will provide multimedia opportunities for teaching and learning humanities in the fields of history, genealogy, archaeology, and other disciplines. Thus, the Heritage Center will serve as a resource for students and scholars, local, regional, and national, and provide the infrastructure for the archiving, cataloging, digitalization, and dissemination of a superb collection of books, pamphlets, documents, and photographs.

According to a release by the ESPL, “Today we have the opportunity to ensure that Eastern Shore documents remain on the Shore, providing a new generation of writers and historians with ample material to study and interpret for many years to come.”