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. Read more

Remembering the Civil War Centennial in Richmond…

 

…Even Though We’d Like to Forget.

by Bill Martin, Director, Valentine Richmond History Center

As we begin our commemoration of the Civil War and Emancipation, it is helpful to reflect on the changes and similarities between our plans for next four years to the Civil War Centennial events in the 1960’s.  In a series of articles over next 4 years, I will be looking into the 1.6 million objects in the collections of the Valentine Richmond History Center to explore the common elements shared by both the Civil War and Emancipation 150 Committee and the Richmond Civil War Centennial Committee and the significant changes that have occurred in the ways we approach the Civil War and its impact today. Read more

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. Read more

Cased Image Collection Now Online

RICHMOND—The Valentine Richmond History Center is pleased to announce that more than 500 items from its Cased Image Collection are now available for review online. The History Center’s online collections database is free, accessible to the public and currently contains 15 percent of the entire collection. Additional records are added on a routine basis. Cased images are early types of photography that include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. Images are taken on glass or metal and generally enclosed in decorative cases.

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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. Read more