Signs of the Times

There were some big additions to the exterior of the building this week!

The Valentine has a unique collection of signs that document Richmond’s retail and commercial history. From an early painted sign for Freedman-Marks to the molded plastic Triangle Bookstore sign, this collection reminds us of the evolving mix of businesses that have been a part Richmond’s economy.

Many of these signs have been exhibited in our meeting room on the ground level. The renovation provided us an opportunity to restore the signs and relocate them. (While I liked the signs in this space, we have learned over the years that many brides would rather not have a glowing Buster Brown in their wedding photographs.)

Thanks to a very loyal Valentine supporter and lover of neon, the signs have been repaired and mounted throughout the Clay Street campus. The newly restored WTVR and Trailways Bus signs are both great additions to our existing collection that will welcome visitors into the building.

Our diverse collection serves as a colorful reminder of our region’s past.

Are you curious about our progress? Join us for a Hard Hat Happy Hour happening every Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. You can contact me for more information or RSVP online and let me know you’ll be coming by.

If you would like to help keep us calm and hammering on, you can support the History Center on our secure donation page at /give.

Bill Martin, Director