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

Summer in the River City

Happy Summer Solstice! The weather is warm, the days are long, and Richmond is brimming with fun and exciting things to do this summer! Check out how Richmonders of years past have enjoyed the summer months! Read more

Finding Boston in Richmond

Summer Intern Shaleigh Breen explores the archives to find connections between her new home, Richmond, and her hometown, Boston! You might be surprised to see what she found! Read more

A New Intern Explores the Original Collection of the Valentine

Ever wondered what the Valentine looked like over 100 years ago, and how it’s changed since then? I did! So I did some research into the original collection, sifting through old exhibition catalogs and photographs provided by the wonderful Archives department, and I wanted to share with you a bit of what I found! Read more

From the Vertical Files: Sarah, The Fly Swatter

In June of 1912, the City Health Department and the Richmond Times-Dispatch sponsored a fly-killing contest, in order to raise awareness about the dangers of flies as disease carriers.  Thousands of people all over town entered, including a team of twenty-four Boy Scouts.  However, the winner was a lone swatter: fourteen-year-old Sarah Johnson of Church Hill, who racked up an astounding 689,640 kills. Read more

Framing Richmond

What do the following photographs have in common? Read more

Nominations Open for 2013 Richmond History Makers

The Valentine Richmond History Center invites any community member to nominate this year’s Richmond History Makers. The ninth annual program recognizes five everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that are making largely unrecognized contributions to communities within the Greater Richmond Metropolitan area. Read more

The Gardens are in Bloom and so are the Dresses

The week of April 20th through the 27th marks the 80th Historic Garden Week put on by the Garden Club of Virginia. The club exists to celebrate the beauty of the land, to conserve the gifts of nature, and to challenge future generations to build on this heritage. The headquarters for the Garden Club of Virginia are located right here in Richmond, in the historic Kent-Valentine House on the corner of First and Franklin Streets. During the eight days of Garden Week, the Garden Club gives over 250 home and garden tours statewide. All tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens. The proceeds since the club’s inception in 1929 total over $14.5 million and have restored gardens at more than 50 properties. Read more

2013 Richmond History Tours Season Kicks Off on April 1

RICHMOND – March 20, 2013 – The Valentine Richmond History Center is pleased to announce the 2013 Richmond History Tours.  The History Center offers more than 380 opportunities to explore Richmond history on foot, by bus or with your dog. Tour topics vary and include the neighborhoods, architecture, churches, movie theaters, retail districts, monuments, cemeteries, waterways and people that make the city unique. All guides are trained and certified by the History Center.

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