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Our Approach

We are simply enthusiasts who appreciate history in all forms....  We think it should be remembered, respected, and documented for future generations.  Here are some opportunities to learn a little more about Chris's research on the topic of the Granby Phonograph.


February 17, 2019

  • 2:00 PM
  • Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Chris will be speaking about the Levy family, their business operations, and their contribution(s) to the Norfolk area...

March 24, 2019

  • 2:00 PM
  • Isle of Wight County Museum, Smithfield, Virginia
  • Chris will be speaking about the Granby Phonograph and the Phillip Levy & Co. connection.



Meet the Team

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Christopher James Stoessner


Chris Stoessner was born in Newport News, Virginia.  When only 17 years old, he founded the antiques business, C. J. Stoessner & Co. in Smithfield, Virginia.  Chris has also been involved in the funeral profession since 2004 and is currently licensed to practice in Virginia and North Carolina.

Melinda Gail Stoessner

Public Relations

Melinda Stoessner (nee Gwaltney) is a native of Smithfield, Virginia.  She has a degree in Horticulture and has an interest in medieval history, English culture, and classical music.

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