Community ConversationsHalloween History on Hanover Walking ToursIt's All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)Hollywood Cemetery ToursThe Virginia Man: Respect, Responsibility, RebellionFaces of Freedom, Stories of Service

Community Conversations

The Valentine has collaborated with Richmond Magazine, TMI Consulting Inc. and the Capital Region Collaborative to present this year's Community Conversations series, conceived to engage the community in a dialogue about the region’s past and how that past can positively shape our collective future. Join us for the 2016-2017 series of discussions!

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Halloween History on Hanover Walking Tours

Sat., Oct. 29 & Sun., Oct. 30, 2016
6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Modern Halloween boasts costumes, decorations and candy; yet, its origins lie in an ancient Celtic holiday and in Catholic All Hallows' celebrations.  Learn how the history evolved from early colonial practices and "play parties" held after the American Revolution, and how the immigrants in the mid-1800s influenced the way Richmonders celebrate in the 21st century.

Meet at Hanover Avenue and Strawberry Street.

$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members

It's All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)

October 13, 2016 - June 18, 2017

What defines a Richmond family in 2016? The classic nuclear family has been left behind along with our black and white television sets and tuna noodle casseroles. This exhibition explores the changing definition and composition of what makes a family in our Richmond community over the past five centuries.

Join us for the opening reception on November 10!

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Sponsored by Julia and Tunnicliff Fox Charitable Trust, Altria Group and Richmond Family Magazine

Hollywood Cemetery Tours

Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart.

The Valentine offers daily and specialty tours of Hollywood Cemetery!

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Presented by Bon Secours Richmond Health System and Hollywood Cemetery

The Virginia Man: Respect, Responsibility, Rebellion

May 6, 2016-January 27, 2017

Do clothes really make the man? The history of Virginia is a complex one. So , too, is the character of the Virginia man. Stories of respect, responsibility and rebellion, preserved in the wardrobes and accessories of prominent and little-known Virginians, will be on display in galleries dedicated to an exploration of public and private character of the Virginia man.

Presented by Peter Blair

Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service

May 12 - November 13, 2016
Now extended through November 20, 2016! 

This collaborative project with Richmond photographer Mark Mitchell explores local military veterans' service through portraiture and oral histories. Subjects share their stories in conflicts from World War II to the present day and reflect on how these experiences have shaped their lives and values.

Presented by Dominion



The largest and finest collection of primary source material for researching and interpreting the history of Richmond.

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The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond, Virginia's stories for more than a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the history of this important region.

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Visit the First Freedom Center

FFC Jefferson Rabbi

The exhibition and monument are now open at 14 S. 14th Street Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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