STAUNTON, Va. -- On Tuesday night, it was a golden anniversary for a group that works to preserve the past.
The Augusta County Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with a Golden Gala at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton.
Some came in formal wear, and some came in character; all, though, celebrated the first 50 years of the Historical Society and helped to make sure the next 50 will be even better.
Nancy Sorrells dressed as Elizabeth Rawlinson, an Augusta County gardening writer from the early 20th century. She says it is important to make sure our local history does not get lost.
"Augusta County was involved in every facet of America's history," Sorrells said. "So there's stories: some of them are happy, some of them are sad, but all of them are important to forming our nation in 2014. To remember that and to preserve it just makes a better quality of life in your community."
The gala also included a live auction.
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