Small Photos, Big Personalities!

Don’t let their size fool you! These little treasures that make up our “small photo collection” are full of surprises.  We have hundreds of pocket-sized images of all kinds of Richmonders, from actors to assassins.  If you’d like to come take a look, the archives are open to researchers. Please email to schedule an appointment. Read more

President’s Day

Washington’s Birthday, known today as Presidents Day, begin as a federal holiday to honor George Washington’s birthday, the first president of the United States of America. The federal holiday was implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in Washington, DC and then expanded to all federal offices in 1885. The federal holiday was celebrated on February 22, the actual birthday of Washington but was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act on January 1, 1971. Presidents Day was started by President Richard Nixon to honor past presidents of the United States. Both Washington and Abraham Lincoln celebrated birthdays in February. Read more

Taste of Fashion Week

February 7th marks the beginning of the chaotic season that is fashion week. The season starts out with New York Fashion Week from February 7th through the 14th, then London from February 15th through the 19th, Milan from February 20th through the 26th, and finally closes out with Paris February 26th through March 6th. Read more

See the World in 3D

Have you been on a trip lately? How did you get there? By car, airplane, bus or train? Did you take photographs of your journey? Today we take travel for granted, but in the late 19th and early 20th century it was not as easy to get around. There was no television, movies or the Internet. How then, did people learn about distant people and places? Books of course, but another way might have been to use a stereopticon or stereograph. Read more

Three Things to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

1. Grocery stores

2. Temperature-control ovens

3. The Valentine Richmond History Center Archives Read more

The Wickham House is inspiring us all

Where else but in the Wickham House?  Once one of – if not – the most unique, sophisticated, and groundbreaking houses in Richmond’s exclusive Court End neighborhood, the Wickham House still fosters and attracts cutting-edge artistic creativity from all over the world 200 years after it was designed and built. Read more

Valentine Richmond History Center Announces 2012 History Makers Honorees

Photographed from left to right are Dominic Gibbons Barrett, Ralph White, John C. Purnell, Jr., Dr. Charles Price and Kelly King Horne. Read more

Holt Tobacco Collection

The Valentine Richmond History Center opened its’ latest exhibit which is a selection of objects from the Holt Tobacco The Valentine Richmond History Center opened its’ latest exhibit which is a selection of objects from the Holt Tobacco Collection. These objects, which include tobacco tins, tobacco promotional material, cigarette cards, tobacco production equipment and early tobacco lithographic and print advertising are examples of tobacciana, objects related to smoking and tobacco producing. Searching out and collecting tobacciana is a popular past time and is especially relevant to Richmond and the Valentine. Read more

State Historical Highway Markers Commemorating Valentine Museum and Wickham-Valentine House To Be Dedicated In Richmond

A bequest by Mann S. Valentine II established one of Richmond’s first museums in the Wickham-Valentine House in 1892; the neoclassical house was built for attorney John Wickham in 1812. Read more

Picturing Business in Jackson Ward

As a summer intern here in the Valentine Richmond History Center Archives I have been researching photographs and objects that the History Center has collected over the past several years.  To my surprise, some of the images that have interested me the most have been of banks, insurance companies, and other businesses. (All due respect to my own insurance agent and other financial wizards out there.) Read more