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Manchester: From Sister City to South Richmond

Originally incorporated as a town in 1769, Manchester developed into an independent city directly south of Richmond across the James River and was incorporated into the City of Richmond in 1910. An early center of shipping and the slave trade, Manchester also was home to numerous mills and factories. Its main thoroughfare Hull Street developed into the area’s commercial core, serving the surrounding suburbs of Spring Hill, Blackwell, Forest Hill, Bainbridge, Woodland Heights and Swansboro.

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Please Enjoy the Show: Images of Richmond Theater

This photography exhibition explores Richmond’s 20th century theater community, examining playhouses and movie theaters, professional and amateur actors, and memorable events and personalities. Visitors will see images documenting the city’s rich theater history, from the Academy of Music and Biograph Theater to the Little Theatre League and Eddie Weaver. Additional playbills, tickets, posters and other theater memorabilia are located in cases outside of the Stern Gallery.

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Stop, Drop, and Roll: Firefighting in 20th Century Richmond

Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Richmond Fire Department, this photography exhibition examines firefighting, public safety and fire disasters in 20th century Richmond,Virginia.

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Disciples of Vulcan: Examining the Oregon Hill Community

Bordered by Cary and Belvidere Streets to the north and east and Oregon Hill Parkway and Hollywood Cemetery to the south and west, Oregon Hill was settled in the 1840s by immigrant ironworkers and developed into a tight-knit working class neighborhood. Using images from the History Center’s collection, the exhibition traces the development of the neighborhood’s residents, businesses, institutions and preservation challenges.

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In Gear: Richmond Cycles

There’s no question Richmond is a cyclists’ town. This exhibition is a uniquely-Valentine take on the history of cycling in Richmond from the 19th century to the present day

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Edith Shelton’s Richmond

Explore Richmond’s neighborhoods through amateur photographer Edith Shelton’s mid-20th century imagery.

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Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service

This collaborative project with Richmond photographer Mark Mitchell explores local military veterans’ service through portraiture and oral histories. Subjects share their stories in conflicts from World War II to the present day and reflect on how these experiences have shaped their lives and values.

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The Virginia Man: Respect, Responsibility, Rebellion

Do clothes really make the man? The history of Virginia is a complex one. So, too, is the character of the Virginia man. Stories of respect, responsibility and rebellion, preserved in the wardrobes and accessories of prominent and little-known Virginians, were on display in galleries dedicated to an exploration of public and private character of the Virginia man.

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One Love: LGBT Families

This exhibition questions the traditional definition of a family through portraits of LGBT families in the Richmond region. Presented in collaboration with Richmond Region Tourism’s outRVA campaign and photographer Michael Simon.