Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Event
Original Author: National Photo Company Collection
Created: April 24. 1925
Medium: Glass-plate negative

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Event

As part of the pageantry surrounding the 1925 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, an officiant dressed in Quaker clothing apparently blesses the marriage of a white colonial-era settler in the Shenandoah Valley to Queen Shenandoah, a Virginia Indian (though played here by a white woman). The official events that year highlighted the arrival of white settlers in the area and their encounters with the local Indians. Those interactions were depicted as having been peaceful and harmonious.

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