1962 Aerial Area of New Town

As scholars of women's history have long lamented, the archival record only captures a fleeting impression of the rich networks and relationships sustained by women throughout time. Communities reflect not only geographic proximity, but the intersection of shared interests, common identities, and mutual struggles. These commonalities coalesce both formally (through organizations, campaigns, societies) and informally (through identities shared and hidden).

Items in this section illustrate ways women in the New River Valley have experienced "community", revealing how individuals and groups have exercised influence, developed and sustained relationships, and participated in civic life and commerce.