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

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

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

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