From walking tours to community conversations and interactive history programs, the Valentine offers numerous ways to explore Richmond’s diverse history. We hope you’ll join us!

Lecture Series: Life, Liberty & Happiness

Life, Liberty and Happiness: New Perspectives on Founding Ideas explores the evolution and contemporary relevance of America’s founding philosophies. Join us at the Valentine First Freedom Center to explore what “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” means today. 


History Talks

Discover Richmond’s storied past with these programs based on the Valentine’s extensive collection of photographs and primary sources, available at our site or yours.

A Tale of Two Stores

Revisit the glory days of Richmond’s downtown as a shopping and social destination through two of Richmond’s former department stores.

Rosie the Riveter: The Homefront during WWII

During World War II, women began working in defense factories throughout Virginia and the nation. Explore their lives, their stories and their enduring impact on our city and nation.

Soul of a Community

From early settlement and the rise of the domestic slave trade to business ownership and thriving communities, explore how Black Richmonders have redefined the River City and inspired a region and nation.

Community Conversations

An audience of an event is depicted. In the foreground, a Black woman audience member holds the microphone and speaks. Next to her another audience member listens.

Join us for “Controversy/ History” our popular community conversation series that explores the challenges facing our region from the perspectives of speakers and guests, and together discuss a way forward as a community.


I Know Richmond

Are you passionate about Richmond and curious to learn about the history that shaped the city we know today? Join us for a deep dive into the region’s past with our six-week course I Know Richmond, a class that takes an in-depth look at Richmond stories with particular emphasis on overlooked history and transforming how we represent Richmond today.