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Mattie Ould: A Story of Portraits Series

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.

Elisha and Joseph: A Story of Portraits Series

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.

A Story of Portraits

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..

The "Victorian Christmas Tree" in the 1812 Wickham House

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.

December in Richmond through Edith Shelton's Eyes

Richmond photographer Edith K. Shelton's images show a glimpse of November in Richmond from the mid-1950s.

The Annual Indian Tax Tribute Ceremony

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.

November in Richmond through Edith Shelton’s Eyes

Richmond photographer Edith K. Shelton's images show a glimpse of November in Richmond from the 1950s- 1970s.

1985 Election Day Flood in Richmond

Read and see for yourself the impact the 1985 Election Day Flood had on downtown Richmond.

"Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service" Oral History Project

Want to know more about the "Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service" exhibition? Archives intern Annie Banton reflects on her experience of transcribing interviews and the veterans' stories of lifelong service.

Halloween in RVA (1949 -1989) : Part II

Check out these photos to see how Richmonders have celebrated Halloween from 1970s and 1980s!