We The People

On Display
Exhibition Type
Limited Time Exhibition
People stand in an auditorium with their right hands raised, taking the U.S. Oath of Citizenship

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This exhibition will explore the many people who, over centuries, have made Virginia the unique place it is in America and in the world, and the dramatic impact of the immigrant experience throughout Virginia’s history as people arrived from the four corners of the globe.

Fraktur. This Lutheran baptismal certificate (Taufschein) for Jacob Lantz (b. 1814) was created by the Stoney Creek artist Henry Heltzel. Most of his work done for individuals in Shenandoah County between Edinburg and Mt. Jackson. This certificate descended in the Ralph W. Stoneburner family of Edinburg, VA. Text of the certificate is in German and is encircled by a large heart. (Object Number  1997.83)
Fraktur, Taufschein (baptismal certificate)

Taufschein (baptismal certificate) fraktur attributed to Henry Heltzel, 1814.  (VMHC Collection, 1997.83) German immigrants brought their native traditions with them when they settled in the Shenandoah Valley in large numbers, beginning in the 1700s. These cultural expressions included fraktur, a form of illuminated drawing, to commemorate births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths. This baptismal certificate was made for Jacob Lantz.

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A traveling version of this exhibition appropriate for display in libraries, schools, and museums will also be available. See our traveling exhibition page for details.


Presenting Sponsor
Supporting Sponsors
Melanie Trent De Schutter
Conrad Mercer Hall
Supporting Sponsors
Dr. Tamara Charity-Brown & Carlos M. Brown Exhibition Fund
The Loupassi Family
Lisa and Bill Moore
Mr. & Mrs. J. Tracy Walker IV
Anne Mullen Orrell Charitable Trust
The Cabell Foundation
The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation
The June H. Guthrie Foundation
Linda M. Warren Special Exhibitions Fund