Nominations Open for 2015 Richmond History Makers

RICHMOND, VA –  The Valentine invites any community member to nominate this year’s Richmond History Makers. The eleventh 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

Edith Shelton Collection

The Valentine has another great photograph collection to share with the world! Donated by Mrs. Edgar Fisher, Jr. in 1991, the Edith K. Shelton Slide Collection is now ready for on line viewing. The collection of just over 3,000 35mm color slides is a glimpse into the architecture and life of Richmond’s older neighborhoods, often ones that have been demolished by road or building projects. Read more

Historic Fulton Oral History Project Now Available Online

RICHMOND, Va. (April 22, 2015) – VCU Libraries announces the next stage in telling an important and little-known story of the once vibrant Historic Fulton community that fell victim to 1970s urban renewal. Read more

Classically inspired VCU Fashion Students

In conjunction with the Classical Allure: Richmond Style exhibition, VCU fashion students were given the opportunity to view the Valentine’s costume collection and create classically inspired sketches. Read more

As one war ends, another faceoff begins

With the anniversary of Richmond’s 1865 surrender reaching its 150th anniversary this week, the city’s most unique commemoration of the American Civil War sesquicentennial opened at the Valentine on March 26. Working alongside Meg Hughes, Curator of Archives, I have spent the past few months researching, writing, and designing Beard Wars, a photography exhibition juxtaposing ‘then’ and ‘now’ between Civil War imagery and contemporary photography. Read more

Beard Wars Exhibition to Open at the Valentine

RICHMOND, Va. (March 11, 2015) – With the rising popularity in facial hair, the Valentine has partnered with Terry Brown Photography and the RVA Beard League to present Beard Wars, on display on the Lower Level of the Valentine,  March 26-November 30. This photography exhibition faces off portraits of Civil War generals against those of League members. Read more

Made in Church Hill Exhibition to Open at the Valentine

The Valentine, in conjunction with the University of Richmond (UR), Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT) and its Academy, is excited to present the exhibition Made in Church Hill, which opens on January 22, 2015 at the Valentine. The exhibition will be on display through June 28, 2015. A free community opening is planned for Thursday, January 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Valentine. Made in Church Hill was generously supported by the Robins Foundation, and, in part, by a grant from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Council for Community Engagement. Read more

First Freedom Center to Merge with the Valentine

First Freedom Center (formerly the Council for America’s First Freedom), the organization founded in 1984 by local historians and civic leaders to commemorate Virginia’s leading role in shaping the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, will become part of the Valentine, effective July 1, 2015.  Read more