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Margaret Grattan Weaver Institute for Regional Culture

Study Shenandoah Valley culture

The Margaret Grattan Weaver Institute for Regional Culture promotes both student and faculty research in regional culture.

An interdisciplinary focus attracts students from a wide range of departments and programs, including American Studies, Art, Communication Studies, English, History, Music, Sociology, Economics and Business, and Political Science. You’ll be encouraged to develop projects and study the broad canvas of Shenandoah Valley culture.

An annual Margaret Grattan Weaver Regional Scholarship will be awarded to the best project submitted by a BC student. Projects could include written research papers, creative writing, art works, film and photography.

Margaret Grattan Weaver was a lifelong philanthropist and a lover of history and genealogy. She devoted much of her life to preserving the heritage and history of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

She was instrumental in the planning and funding of the Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va., home to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society. She also assisted in building the Spring House on Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg.

In 1997, she established the Margaret Grattan Weaver Foundation, which has continued to support and promote the preservation and appreciation of the rich historical heritage of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

A graduate of the National Park College and the National School of Fine and Applied Arts, she also wrote poetry and was a member of the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Questions? Contact us!

Dr. Scott Suter
Director of the Margaret Grattan Weaver Institute for Regional Culture
540-828-5772 | ssuter@bridgewater.edu