Former First Lady of Virginia, Roxane Gilmore

Roxane Gilmore was a very busy First Lady of Virginia.  Not only did she hold the demanding role of First Lady, but she was an established college professor at Randolph-Macon as well.  Not to mention, in addition to her busy schedule she had two teenage (at the time) boys and an energetic dog living under the same roof as her too. Read more

Wedding Season at the History Center

The most popular months for weddings are from April to October, and that means that wedding season is right around the corner! The History Center serves as a great location to make your wedding day a historical event whether you are having an indoor or outdoor wedding. We are also home to over 100 wedding dresses. Read more

Former First Lady of Virginia, Eddy Dalton

Eddy Dalton was First Lady during the administration of Governor Dalton.  As First Lady, Eddy Dalton wrote a cookbook in order to raise money for her project on helping those with mental retardation.  Read more

Former First Lady of Virginia, Lisa Collis

As First Lady, Lisa Collis focused on bringing a brighter future to families and children in Virginia. Collis has done a significant amount of work in various efforts to prevent child abuse in the U.S. Read more

African-American History Month – Maggie L. Walker


Maggie L. Walker – a mother, a leader, a civil rights activist, an entrepreneur, a Richmonder. Read more

Local Collaboration Announces Completion of Fulton Oral History Project

The Valentine Richmond History Center, the Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Greater Fulton’s Future Legacy Committee (GFF) are pleased to announce the completion of the Fulton Oral History Project. The project was made possible through a grant from Virginia LISC and is part of the Greater Fulton’s Future Plan. Read more

African-American History Month – Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

Bill “Bojangles” Robinson – a dancer, an entertainer, a star, a Richmonder. Read more

Time-Travel through Virginia History

Seven Richmond Sites Partner for Free Weekend to Support “Year of the Historic Home”

Richmond, VA—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 Historic Home.” Read more

Downton Abbey, Anyone?

Weekend before last, Downton Abbey concluded its third season. The PBS Masterpiece Classic has become widely popular since it first aired in the US in 2011. The show is set in England and follows the fictional Crawley family and its house staff through many happy moments and tribulations from 1912 to 1921. The costume design that features late Edwardian fashion has been highly touted. Read more

African-American History Month – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe – a professional tennis player, an activist, a Richmonder. Read more