Every issue of our annual Journal includes our motto Amor montium nos movet: “The love of the mountains inspires us”
Our journal is published annually and is a benefit of Historical Society membership, but can also be purchased through the History Museum’s gift shop. Back issues can be requested for purchase or specific articles can be requested from the Watts Library.
Ben Bane Dulaney edited the Journal from the first issue in the summer of 1964 until his death November 2, 1967. Dulaney was public relations director of the Norfolk & Western Railway. George Kegley (president of the Historical Society 1963-1966) was appointed to succeed him and has continued to serve as its indefatigable editor. Kegley has authored a dozen signed articles in the Journal and numerous notes.
The Journal of the Roanoke Historical Society added the word “Valley” to its name on February 15, 1972, when the Historical Society changed its name to the Roanoke Valley Historical Society. In 1997, the Historical Society again changed its name, to the History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia, and the Journal became the Journal of the History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia with publication of the 1999 Journal. With publication of the 2006-2007 issue, the Journal became the Journal of the Historical Society of Western Virginia.
The Kegley Publication Fund was established with the Foundation for Roanoke Valley in memory of F.B. Kegley of Wythe County, author of Kegley’s Virginia Frontier. Kegley Publications is an operating division of the Historical Society of Western Virginia, and publishes books about local and regional history.
Kegley sells its publications at wholesale and these rates vary. Minimum wholesale quantity is five per publication. Please contact us directly for wholesale pricing by calling 540.224.1229 or e-mail
In order to purchase individual copies of any book or Journal, please contact the Historical Society of Western Virginia 540-982-5465 or e-mail
If you are a retailer and would like to order journals or books at a wholesale rate, please contact the Historical Society of Western Virginia 540-982-5465 or e-mail