Last Thursday we presented “Films of C’ville” at our monthly show at C’ville Coffee. We usually feature still photographs in a slideshow format, but this month we featured two film clips from 1929 and 1939-40. The earlier film footage was a number of home movie clips by Dr. Allan Voshell who started the orthopedics department at UVA in 1926. The films were only recently discovered in storage at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore where Dr. Voshell spent the greater part of his career.
His son, Buddy Voshell, a Charlottesville native and UVA alum, shared the films with Charlottesville Historical Image Library. We were able to identify all the locations in the film clips and edit the films down to a 20 minute segment we showed for the first time last Thursday.
Among the many sites around Charlottesville and UVA included in the footage was Varsity Hall where the Voshell family lived in the late 1920s.
Buddy Voshell, seen below standing in front of Varsity Hall last Thursday, narrated his father’s films. The films also include Buddy and his dog, Muffin, taken 84 years ago.
The second film was from Ralph Feil and was shared with CHIL by his family. It included some fascinating color film footage of C’ville from 1939-40.
Kristin Twifford of NBC 29 News put together this story about our program which aired just before the show.
We hope to repeat this show at a later date or different venue. You can also hire CHIL to bring this show (or any of the others we’ve assembled) to your own function or gathering.