Mrs. Valentine’s Pickles!

Summertime makes me think of cookouts, which makes me think of pickles, which inevitably makes me think of Mrs. Valentine.

Did I lose you there? I’ll explain.  Read more

Affordable Healthcare

Ever wonder what was hidden in the Valentine’s archives? As it turns out, just about everything! Make an appointment with the archives to find out information like house histories, glimpses of everyday life in Richmond in times gone by, demographic information, and so much more! Read more

Fashion Blog Series: Valentino

Our third blog in the Fashion series is about the work of Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, better known by just his first name, Valentino. Valentino’s skill lies in his control over beautiful fabrics, youthful cuts and his bold use of color. This third entry from Jackie Mullins highlights some of his elegant pieces from our collection. Read more

Fashion Blog Series: Cardin

Another famous designer with pieces in our textile collection is Pierre Cardin. Cardin was known for his avant-garde style and his Space Age designs. He advanced into unisex fashions, sometimes experimental, and not always practical. This blog post, by Jackie Mullins, introduces us to Cardin and showcases some of his unique and groundbreaking fashions. Read more

Fashion Blog Series: Balmain

The Valentine’s extensive textile collection contains many beautiful pieces by many famous designers. Several of French fashion designer Pierre Balmain’s beautiful pieces are included in this collection. His designs included evening dresses, tailored suits, sportswear, and stoles, but eveningwear was his first love. This blog post, from Jackie Mullins, introduces use to Balmain and showcases some of his amazing work. Read more

Bathing Beauties of Richmond

As the temperature continues to rise, many of us are trying to find some relief from the heat – this is nothing new to Richmonders.  And ladies – you know it takes a bit of courage to face swimsuit season, so this made us think – what did the women of the River City wear over the years to have some fun in the sun? Read more

The Valentine Richmond History Center to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The Valentine Richmond History Center is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. Read more