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Dear Diary…

What can be more interesting than reading the rants and raves in someone’s private journal?

The Arrow Collar Man

One of the best-known men’s shirt brands is Arrow, which is part of Cluett, Peabody & Co. Arrow started with Hannah Lord Montague, who invented a detachable collar for a man’s shirt in 1885. The innovation allowed a man to have a crisp collar without having to wash his shirt daily. Illustrator J.C. Leyendecker popularized the brand by creating the Arrow Collar Man. This fashion icon essentially became the male counterpart to the Gibson Girl. In the 1920s, shirts became more casual and started to deviate from the detachable collar, favoring a collar that was connected to the shirt.

Going Digital

We’ve been working hard to make more of the History Center’s collection available online. What are some recent additions to our collection database? Read the post to see some examples.

The Wickham House at 200 years – The 1812 Tour

With the arrival of the 200th anniversary of the Wickham House, came the opportunity to highlight the historic house, its original family and the social, religious, cultural, economic, and political atmosphere and events of Richmond in 1812. It is our hope that the combination of these varying spheres into one cohesive tour will engage both volunteers and visitors alike and help us to see and understand the Wickham House in new ways as the tour is presented throughout 2012.

A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Archivist

Did you know that Richmond has an amazing art heritage? Some of the best American artists have called the River City home. Among them are father and son photography team George and Huestis Cook, makers of some of the most iconic photographic images of Virginia. Other artists represented in our manuscript collections include important painters such as William James Hubard (1807-1862), Conrad Wise Chapman (1843–1910) and his father John Gadsby Chapman (1808–1889). The History Center also has the records of the Craig House Art Center, an important organization for African-American art in the 1930’s.

Henrico County through the Eyes of an Intern

There is something quite magical about black and white photographs. The History Center’s new exhibit Into Focus: Henrico County Through the Camera celebrates Henrico County’s 400th anniversary with a really fantastic set of images belonging to both the museum and the county.

Why It’s Okay that October is Crazy

A lot of things happen in October. Baseball playoffs. Halloween. The birthday of almost everyone I know. But for me, above all else, October means the Richmond History Makers program here at the History Center. Richmond has many worthy awards programs, but History Makers is the only one that recognizes such a diverse group of people, in a parking lot, on a Tuesday night in October. Bear with me.

Miller & Rhoads Wagon Restoration

RICHMOND — The Valentine Richmond History Center is pleased to partner with the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown to bring the museum’s Miller & Rhoads delivery wagon back into public view after many years in storage. Designed to replicate a circa 1900 wagon, the piece was commissioned for the store’s 75th anniversary in 1960 and now returns to the site of the former department store for public display. Before it goes on view, the wagon requires extensive maintenance, which will take place in the hallway of the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown beginning August 1, 2011, with plans to unveil the newly restored wagon on August 19, 2011.

Nominations for 2011 History Makers Awards

RICHMOND, VA – The Valentine Richmond History Center invites the public to nominate this year’s Richmond History Makers. The seventh annual program recognizes everyday citizens and outstanding organizations making largely unrecognized contributions to communities within the Greater Richmond Metropolitan area.