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Our new Controversy/History series will explore contentious, present-day issues by comparing historic debates with modern data. We have re-envisioned our long-running Community Conversations to continue encouraging sometimes uncomfortable but always relevant discussions that inspire action and promote progress.

At each of these events, Director Bill Martin and radio host Kelli Lemon will provide biographies of individuals with opposing viewpoints from Richmond’s past. Expert speakers will then present 21st century data that explains how these disagreements have developed and shifted.

A moderated, in-depth conversation among attendees will follow.

Finally, the Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) will provide audience members with pertinent regional data and a list of concrete steps they can take to make a difference in their community.

Dates and topics:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 6-8 p.m.
Social Stability: Voting Rights & Redistricting
Corinna Barrett Lain, S. D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor of Law, University of Richmond
Henry L. Chambers Jr., Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law, University of Richmond

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Quality Place: Monuments and Tourism

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Job Creation: Immigration

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6-8 p.m
Coordination Transportation: The Interstate Highway System

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Richmond History Makers Tie-In

The Valentine is excited to partner with the Capital Region Collaborative and aligning discussion topics with their regional priorities.


31st Annual Court End Christmas

The 31st Court End Christmas will take place Sunday, December 10, from 12 to 5 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 Church, Virginia State Capitol, The John Marshall House, Monumental Church, ACWM – White House of the Confederacy, St. Paul’s Church, Masons’ Hall and the Egyptian Building!

This fun community event includes children’s activities, carriage rides, performances, refreshments, gift shops, music and tours. Garnett’s at the Valentine will also be open that day.

Stay tuned for additional information and programming!

Sponsored by VCUHealth, Richmond Family Magazine and Richmond Association of Realtors 


Richmond and the Civil War

On this guided bus tour, with stops at Capitol Square, historic Tredegar, and either the Museum of the Confederacy or the Virginia Historical Society, students examine Richmond’s role in the Civil War and the major events that took place here.


Richmond Canals

This walking tour focuses on the development of Richmond’s canals in the early 19th century, demonstrating their importance to the early history of Virginia, territorial expansion, industries, and the growth of the city.


Richmond’s African American Heritage Tour

On this guided bus tour, with a stop at the Maggie Walker Historic Site (exterior) or the Black History Museum and Capitol Square, students explore the important role that African Americans played in our city and state’s history.

Customize your tour and let us know if you’d like to include an interior visit of the Capitol or the Maggie Walker Historic Site.


Let’s Make History: Wallpaper

While touring the 1812 Wickham House, student’s will discover how home décor (like
wallpaper) can serve as primary sources. This STEAM-focused program was designed
in collaboration with Studio Two Three and includes a wallpaper printmaking activity  emphasizing design thinking.

Revolution and Rebellion

Walk through Church Hill Neighborhood and learn about Richmond’s role during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Tour stops include the site of Elizabeth Van Lew’s mansion, St. John’s Church (exterior)* and Libby Hill.

* An interior visit to St. John’s church can be arranged at an additional cost of $5 per student and $6 per adult.


Hollywood Cemetery (for students!)

Stroll through Hollywood Cemetery and enjoy the history, and landscape that comprises this public space. This walking tour focuses on the cemetery’s unique history, its landscape design, architecture, symbols and noted residents including two U.S. Presidents and writer Ellen Glasgow.


Capitol Square

This guided walking tour explores Capitol Square’s rich history and architecture. When booking your program, let us know if you’d like to book an interior Capitol tour at no additional cost.


Ancients in our Neighborhood

On this walking tour through Richmond’s Court End neighborhood, students explore Richmond architecture influenced by Egypt, Greece and Ancient Rome. Stops include (but are not limited to) the 1812 Wickham House, Capitol Grounds, Egyptian Building and Monumental Church.

Combine with Greek by Design for an in depth look at neoclassical architecture in the Wickham House!