Original Author: National Photo Company Collection
Created: April 24, 1925
Medium: Glass-plate negative
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Queen
Eleanor Childs, a young white woman dressed in Indian garb, poses amid apple blossoms on April 24, 1925, during the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester. Childs was crowned "Queen Shenandoah" of the festival. The official events that year highlighted the arrival of white settlers into the Shenandoah Valley during the colonial period and their encounters with the local Indians. Those interactions were depicted as having been peaceful and harmonious.