The Resource Christine Hoepfner collection

Christine Hoepfner collection

Christine Hoepfner collection, 1911-2000
Christine Hoepfner collection
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Hoepfner collection
This collection contains photocopies of letters, reports, memos, land records and other documents from the National Archives and Shenandoah National Park archives concerning the formation and early administration of Shenandoah National Park. The condemnation of private land and removal of approximately 500 families from the Park in the 1930s, the attempts of those families to deal with the government, and the response of the public and of governmental agencies to the removal, form the focus of the collection. Also included are newspaper articles about the removal, and programs and newsletters documenting the later establishment of a group of descendants of the removed families, The Children of Shenandoah
Biographical or historical data
Christine Hoepfner began working for Shenandoah National Park as a historian and archaeologist in 1992. While out in the field one day she met an elderly man who told her for the first time about the removal of mountain families. At the time, Hoepfner was also working on a Ph.D. dissertation about the creation of Shenandoah National Park for the University of Pennsylvania. Later, she served as president of The Children of Shenandoah, a group of descendants of the families removed, formed in 1994 by Lisa Custalow to lobby for more complete and accurate historical displays and videos in Park visitor centers.
Cataloging source
Christine Hoepfner collection
  • Series 1. Letters/Correspondence, 1925-1999 ; Series II. Publications, 1911-1990 ;
  • Series III. Children of Shenandoah, 1981-2000.
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Cumulative index finding aids
See Web link for inventory.
1.5 Hollinger boxes (14 folders)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections Librarian
Organization method
  • Box 1,
  • Box 2,
  • Donated by Christine Hoepfner in 2002.
  • Processed by Julia Merkel, Sarah Vaughan, and Chris Bolgiano.

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