The Valentine: Renovation, Restoration and Regeneration

Richmond, Virginia’s Hidden Treasures Tell a New Story

RICHMOND, Va. (September 1, 2014) The Valentine is devoted to collecting and interpreting the material culture of the city in a bold, new way. With its multi-million-dollar renovation, the Valentine has created a people’s space for visitors to engage in public dialog about important urban issues. This is Richmond, Virginia, the museum’s core exhibition, will open Saturday, Oct. 25 in its main history gallery. The Valentine’s Sara D. November Education Center and Stettinius Community Galleries will open in November 2014 and January 2015, chronicling neighborhood-focused stories with hot-button subjects. Read more

Gallery Namesakes

Gallery Namesakes

On November 1, 2013, the Valentine’s contractors Kjellstrom+Lee broke ground for the Valentine renovations which include new spaces for galleries and special events, an education center, gift shop, and lobby. Read more

Fashion Scholar Kristen Stewart Returns to Richmond from San Francisco

Accepts Position of Valentine’s Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costumes & Textiles

RICHMOND, Va. – On September 1, Kristen E. Stewart will return to her native Richmond to begin her work with the Valentine as the Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costumes and Textiles. Stewart is excited about working with the 40,000–piece textile collection and is grateful for the support the board has given to preserve and interpret it. For the grand re-opening of the Valentine, she plans to tell the story of classical roots in Richmond fashion.  She’s been working as a curatorial assistant in San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums since 2013 in the Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts. Read more

Melding Four Centuries of Richmond Art and History

The Valentine Core Gallery Developed and Designed by Richmond Artists

A redesigned gallery space at the Valentine in Richmond’s Court End neighborhood features a new take on telling Richmond’s stories. This is Richmond, Virginia curators David Voelkel and Meg Hughes have created a compelling exhibition of Richmond heritage and lifestyle by showcasing many previously unseen objects from the 1.6 million collection of Valentine art and historical objects. Read more

The Valentine Announces 2014 Richmond History Makers Honorees

The 10th Annual Richmond History Makers Program pays tribute to everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that make significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. The Valentine and its partners celebrate their success at a gala reception and award ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 21. This year, we honor the good work of Dorothy S. Gallimore, Richmond Cycling Corps, CARITAS, “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence and Robert (Bob) S. Argabright II. Read more

Time Travelers: A Free Weekend of Richmond History featuring Ten Historic Houses of Greater Richmond

Richmond’s most renowned historic homes and museums offer visitors a “passport” to time-travel during a special admission-free weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the City’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fascinating history and including the homes of John Marshall, Jefferson Davis, John Wickham, Major James Dooley and other important Virginians. Read more

The Valentine named Best Historic Museum in “Best of Virginia” 2014

The Valentine was once again named Best Historic Museum in Central Virginia by Virginia Living Readers in “Best of Virginia,” released on May 9! The Virginia Historical Society received second place. Read more

Valentine Richmond History Center to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The Valentine Richmond History Center is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense Read more

Nominations are open for 2014 Richmond History Makers

The Valentine Richmond History Center invites any community member to nominate this year’s Richmond History Makers. The tenth annual program recognizes five everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that are making largely unrecognized contributions to communities within the Greater Richmond Metropolitan area. Read more

The Valentine Richmond History Center & 1812 John Wickham House Ranks 46th in Virginia’s Favorite Architecture Poll

 

The Valentine Richmond History Center and the 1812 John Wickham House are both featured in an exhibition of the top 100 structures at the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond Read more