A look at the History Center through the eyes of a Summer Intern

The History Center has provided me with the opportunity of seeing the inner-workings of a successful museum from a vast array of angles.  As both the public relations and development intern, each day spent at the museum was filled with new tasks, from gathering Richmond History Maker nominations to reviewing grants. Read more

Transcribing Tours

Hello from the History Center’s Richmond History Tours Department! My name is Caroline and I’m the intern working in Tours this summer. My job has a lot of perks, including the opportunity to take as many walking tours as my heart desires. So far I’ve been lucky enough to tag along on our tours of Monument Avenue, City Center, Carver, The Fan, and the History Center’s own Wickham House. Read more

Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci was an Italian fashion designer who became popular during the 1950’s. Pucci is considered the inventor of the Capri pants, which were extremely popular among teenagers during the 1950s. The designer is well known for psychedelic patterns in a kaleidoscope of colors. His inspiration came from ancient colorful flags.  Early in his career Pucci experimented with stretch fabrics while designing skiwear and swimwear. It wasn’t until the 1960s when Pucci started designing flowing silk jersey dresses and scarves that he is recognized for today. Read more


It is amazing to see the “forgotten” objects are being rediscovered in our collection. In 2009, I came across a large, folded document tucked away in a box. It was a U.S. patent issued to James Wardrop of Ampthill, Virginia on November 15, 1794. Mr. Wardrop, a merchant, had developed elastic flails that improved how a threshing machine processes wheat. The patent originated in Philadelphia, which was at that time the nation’s capital. Read more

Investigating Scrapbooks


The History Center’s collection includes more than 300 scrapbooks. They contain photographs, programs, clippings, certificates, and all types of souvenirs.  Some scrapbooks contain very personal stories while others document the activities of a business or organization as well as local, national and international events. Read more

Memorial Photography

Perhaps it is difficult for us today to understand just what a miracle photography was to people in the mid-nineteenth century. Today we take photographs for the fun of it, deleting and photo shopping to our heart’s content in a way that would have astonished our ancestors. Read more

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Set to Donate LGBT Pride Flag to Valentine Richmond History Center

RICHMOND, Va. (May 25, 2012) – The Valentine Richmond History Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond announce that the LGBT Pride flag that flew outside the Bank in June 2011 will be donated to the museum next month.  The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s history and diverse stories for over a century. Read more



Halston, born in 1932 in Des Moines Iowa, began his career as a milliner working for Lilly Dache in New York.  It was after he moved to Bergdorf Goodman that he created the infamous pillbox hat, popularized by former first lady Jackie Kennedy.  Read more

Men’s Swimwear

Just as women’s suits have undergone a gradual evolution process, men’s swimwear has undergone many changes since its inception. The Valentine Richmond History Center has a comprehensive collection of men’s swimwear that represents this progression of styles. Read more

Nominations Open for 2012 Richmond History Makers

History Center encourages the community to nominate inspirational citizens and outstanding organizations.