Submitted by staff on February 22, 2017 - 7:27pm
A story of resilience, Ruth Clide Proffitt faced many adversaries her entire life. At the age of five, Proffitt’s mother passed away, causing Ruth to take on the responsibility of raising her siblings. Ruth would spend her life in Richmond, becoming a painter as a means of making money as well as a form of self-expression. Ruth settled in Oregon Hill which became a backdrop and focal point in many of her works. This family portrait paints the peaceful crowded, yet struggling life of the Proffitt family in their Oregon Hill home.
Submitted by staff on February 9, 2017 - 10:31am
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Time to get your roses and chocolates together for your special someone, but don’t forget the meat juice, specifically Valentine’s Meat Juice. The love story of Mann and Ann Valentine is full of romance, money, and meat.
Submitted by staff on January 31, 2017 - 11:50am
Instead of following the archetypal life of the Southern Belle, Mattie Ould flipped southern family values on its head with lasting consequences. Feeling trapped in an engagement to one of her father’s associates, Ould packed her bags and ran off to elope with the dashing Oliver Schoolcraft. The two settled in Richmond, but tragically Mattie and her young daughter died shortly after in 1877, having never reconciled with her father. The Mattie Ould story has been retold for generations in Richmond.
Submitted by staff on January 31, 2017 - 11:45am
The Great Depression was a time of tremendous hardships for Americans, especially members of the African American community. A commissioned portrait at the time was a luxury few could afford. However, Elisha and Joseph, both of whom worked for the Mayo family had their portraits painted by Isabel Jones Mayo. The couple's smiles highlight the fortitude of the two during such a grueling moment in history.
Submitted by staff on January 27, 2017 - 11:00am
Focusing on portraits in current exhibition "It’s All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)" the Valentine takes a look at the stories behind various portraits in our collection..
Submitted by staff on December 21, 2016 - 6:36pm
Today, the Christmas tree has become a standard part of celebrating Christmas in America, an unquestioned tradition with a fascinating history that comes with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. The photographs from the archival collection show grand decorated trees from 1961-1971, a period when the 1812 Wickham House annually displayed a Victorian Christmas tree.
Submitted by staff on December 9, 2016 - 4:22pm
Richmond photographer Edith K. Shelton's images show a glimpse of November in Richmond from the mid-1950s.
Submitted by staff on November 21, 2016 - 12:59pm
Check out this blog to learn about the annual Indian Tax Tribute Ceremony, a Thanksgiving tradition at the Executive Mansion for more than 300 years.
Submitted by staff on November 7, 2016 - 2:02pm
Richmond photographer Edith K. Shelton's images show a glimpse of November in Richmond from the 1950s- 1970s.
Submitted by staff on November 7, 2016 - 11:43am
Read and see for yourself the impact the 1985 Election Day Flood had on downtown Richmond.