Scenes and Scandals

Theater has played an important role in Richmond history. From its architecture to its scandals, there’s no lack of drama here in the archives! Read more

Valentine Richmond History Center Announces 2013 History Makers Honorees

The 9th Annual Richmond History Makers Program pays tribute to everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that make significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. The History Center and its partners celebrate their success at a gala reception and award ceremony on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Read more

Time-Travel through Virginia History – Free Admission Weekend

To celebrate the Executive Mansion’s 200th anniversary, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell declared 2013 the commonwealth’s “Year of the Virginia Historic Home.” Read more

Keep Calm And Cheer On!

The third week of July only marks the halfway point in the 2013 Major League Baseball season! As a Boston Red Sox fan, week 17 proved positive, as the team took first in the American League East. Another team to top their division in week 17 was the Atlanta Braves in the National League East. However, the two teams have a closer connection than sharing the top spots in their divisions in mid-July.

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Framing Richmond’s History

At a museum with a history of over 100 years, some things are bound to get lost in the shuffle. Standards of documentation and care certainly have evolved since the days of the old museum in the Wickham House, which officially opened in 1898. In the past, a painting may have been removed from its original frame when going out for conservation only to return and remain separate. With time, new staff arrive unaware of these separations, or labels fall off; any identifying information that remains is scant at best. Read more