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Controversy/History Series

In 2037, how would you like Richmond to look, work and feel?

This year, the Valentine’s Controversy/History series will partner with Richmond 300, the city’s master planning process, to explore big questions about the kind of city we hope to become. By comparing the debates of the past with contemporary data and modern issues, we’ll explore how Richmond’s complicated history can help us shape our shared future.

Each event is co-hosted by Director Bill Martin and Coffee with Strangers host Kelli Lemon, with expert speakers and a moderated, in-depth conversation among attendees.

The full schedule of 2019-2020 dates and topics can be found below. Controversy/ History is free and open to the public!

October 1, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
This Land is Whose Land?
Access & Equity in Land Use

November 5, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Are We There Yet?
Transportation & Parking in Richmond

December 3, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Is the Grass Greener?
Access to the City’s Green Spaces

January 7, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Can We Get Down to (Black) Business?
Black-Owned Businesses in Richmond

February 4, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Who’s Putting Our House in Order?
The City’s Eviction & Housing Challenge


33rd Annual Court End Christmas


The 33rd Court End Christmas will take place Sunday, December 8, from 12 to 4 p.m. Free admission and shuttle transportation will be provided to the following historic sites:

The Valentine, the Valentine First Freedom Center, The Executive MansionHistoric St. John’s ChurchVirginia State CapitolThe John Marshall HouseMonumental Church, American Civil War Museum’s White House of the Confederacy and Masons’ Hall. 

This fun community tradition includes children’s activities, performances, refreshments, gift shops, music, tours and much much more. Stay tuned for additional programming!