Found!

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

 

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

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2012 RICHMOND HISTORY MAKERS 
History Center encourages the community to nominate inspirational citizens and outstanding organizations.

Play Ball!

Most everyone knows about baseball cards and bubble gum, but did you know that the popularity of baseball card collecting began when tobacco manufacturers started to include cards in cigarette packages?  Driven by the rising popularity of baseball, some form of collectible cards, such as cabinet cards and carte de visites, had been issued by teams for purchase as early as the mid-1800s.  However, early photographic methods were time consuming and expensive, and it wasn’t until the introduction of better printing methods, such as chromolithography that cards began to be more widely available. Read more

Show Us Your Tats!

Famous for cataloging all things River City, the History Center is venturing into a different kind of historical archiving – tattoos.  In 2010, the Today Show ranked Richmond the third most tattooed city in the nation.  Because of this revelation, the History Center is expanding our horizons and archives to include Richmond tattoos.  Terry Brown from Terry Brown Photography has partnered with the History Center to help us capture Richmond’s best ink.  The best photos will become part of our collection and many will be featured in a photo exhibition that is scheduled to open in October of this year. Read more

Doing Good

Which Richmond non-profit was located for many years across from the future site of the Science Museum of Virginia? Read more