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Virginia Museum of History and Culture

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428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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December 2017

Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s

December 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life. ($, Free for members)  

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January 2018

Banner Lecture

January 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Alan Pell Crawford will deliver a lecture entitled “Mark Twain, FFV? America’s Most Beloved Author and the Old Dominion.” ($, Free for members)

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Banner Lecture

January 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Jonathan W. White will deliver a lecture entitled “Our Little Monitor: The Greatest Invention of the Civil War.”  ($, Free for members)

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February 2018

Banner Lecture

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Glenn F. Williams will deliver a lecture entitled “Lord Dunmore’s War: Last Indian Conflict of the Colonial Era.” ($, Free for members)

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Stories at the Museum

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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This family friendly program features special educator-led readings of children's history book, Follow the Drinking Gourd and a craft activity making a Paper Constellation.  

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Hamiltunes RVA

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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The sing-a-long event that gives everyone a "shot" to tell their story. So join the revolution by signing up to belt your patriotic heart out on stage or choose to simply support the cause from the comfort of your seat in the audience. Either way, you won't be "Satisfied" unless you're part of the "Non-Stop" fun. No need to "Wait for It'' get your tickets. Benefits the Richmond Theatre Artists Fund. ​

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Banner Lecture

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Lynn Rainville will deliver a lecture entitled “Doing Their Bit: The Surprising Role of Virginians in the Great War.” ($, Free for members)

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March 2018

A Material World Photographs of the 1980s

March 1 - March 4
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
Free

From hair to defense budgets, shoulder pads to tax cuts, the 1980s were BIG. The Eighties are remembered by many as a time of excess and extremes. The photographs from the Richmond Times-Dispatch were important when they appeared in the 1980s as evidence of news being reported at the time.

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Teacher Open House

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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The annual Teacher Open House celebrating their latest special exhibitions, WWI America and The Commonwealth and the Great War. Enjoy food and drinks, enter to win prizes, and learn more about educational initiatives at the VHS.

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Stories at the Museum

March 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity.  

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Stories at the Museum

March 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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This family friendly program features special educator-led readings of children's history books and a craft activity. Open to all ages.

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The Real First Families of Virginia: An Overview of Virginia Indian History

March 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Examine the lives of Virginia Indians, the original explorers and founders who made Virginia a homeplace. This overview will present a timeline that stretches from the last Ice Age into the twenty-first century.

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April 2018

Scavenger Hunt and Photo Hunt in the Galleries

April 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Learners of all ages can explore the Story of Virginia galleries and the other exhibits to complete scavenger hunt activity pages. Pick them up at the Main Desk before you start your tour. When you’re finished, show a Guest Services Associate and receive a postcard to take home or mail to friend. (Free, for children; $, for Adults)

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Sensory-Friendly Gallery Experience

April 2 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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On Autism Awareness Day, enjoy a sensory-friendly experience in the exhibit galleries. They’ll have a pre-visit guide available, dimmed lights and audio, a nearby quiet room for anyone feeling overwhelmed, and lots of signage and staff available. Plus, some optional hands-on experiences for multi-modal learners and episodes of Liberty’s Kids playing in the Robins Family Forum. (Free for children, $ for adults)  

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Stories at the Museum

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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This family-friendly program features special educator-led reading of Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog and a make-it-and-take-it craft activity related to the text.  

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WW1 and Recycled Art

April 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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During WW1, many soldiers spent weeks hiding out in trenches. To keep occupied, they often created art by recycling materials they had plenty of access to: artillery shells. Keep the spirit of soldier art alive by crafting with recycled materials. For this event, bring in canned goods to received free admission for children and students and 50% off adult admission.

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Family Trivia Fun!

April 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Shake out those spring break cobwebs and come test your knowledge of Virginia history at this family-friendly trivia contest! Spend the morning exploring the Story of Virginia galleries and other exhibits to bone-up on your facts and figures. Come back after lunch for a 5-round trivia event and play to win a gift basket and a family membership to the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Geared toward secondary students, this event is suitable for all ages. ($ adults, Free…

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Banner Lecture

April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Toni Tipton-Martin will deliver a lecture entitled Inside the Jemima Code: The Joy of African American Cooking.

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Stories at the Museum

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Enjoy a group reading of a history-themed book and a craft activity.

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Becoming Citizens: U.S. Citizenship Preparation Classes

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Free

In this 7-session course, Anita Nadal, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Spanish Instruction Community Liaison at Virginia Commonwealth University, will prepare you to successfully complete each section of the U.S. Citizenship Test. Like other citizenship courses, students will learn the civics lessons necessary to pass the citizenship examination. This course offers students opportunities to personally interact with original historical objects, maps, books, and documents and engage with experts in the history of this state and nation. Pre-registration is recommended, but students…

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Banner Lecture

April 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Liza Mundy will deliver the 2018 Stuart G. Christian, Jr. Lecture entitled, Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.

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May 2018

Remembering Queena: Stories, Music, and Pie

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Join storytellers and musicians as they commemorate the life and legacy of well-known folk artist, and Lynchburg-area native, Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall. The program, like Queena’s artwork, will bring to life the culture of Amherst County, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The program, which will take place in the Robins Family Forum, will last 60 minutes followed by a pie reception in the Halsey Lecture Hall.

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June 2018

WWI America

June 1 - July 29
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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The exhibition features more than 100 objects, multimedia presentations, and interactive experiences and focuses on WWI as a transformational event. Themes such as immigration and migration, racial conflict, women’s rights, labor struggles, challenges to civil liberties, and the meaning of citizenship are explored.

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July 2018

Independence Day Celebration

July 4 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Free

In celebration of the 242nd anniversary of American independence there will be a full day of patriotic festivities, including a large-scale citizenship naturalization ceremony, live music, and more. Free: Naturalization Ceremony – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m Front lawn fun and games from the past – 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts and Declaration of Independence activity and more in the Bluford Classroom and Gottwald Gateway. _______________________________________________ Exhibit highlights tour with museum admission. See VMHC for details.

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Front Lawn Fun – Games from the Past

July 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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This family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. The activity will take place on the front lawn by the Boulevard (weather permitting), or in the Bluford Classroom (rain and heat plan). The event is free but does not include admission to the museum.

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August 2018

Front Lawn Fun – Games from the Past

August 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Free

This family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. The activity will take place on the front lawn by the Boulevard (weather permitting), or in the Bluford Classroom (rain and heat plan). The event is free but does not include admission to the museum.

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Front Lawn Fun – Games from the Past

August 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Free

This family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. The activity will take place on the front lawn by the Boulevard (weather permitting), or in the Bluford Classroom (rain and heat plan). The event is free but does not include admission to the museum.

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Front Lawn Fun – Games from the Past

August 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Free

This family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. The activity will take place on the front lawn by the Boulevard (weather permitting), or in the Bluford Classroom (rain and heat plan). The event is free but does not include admission to the museum.

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Front Lawn Fun – Games from the Past

August 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Free

This family-friendly activity will feature outdoor games from yesteryear. The activity will take place on the front lawn by the Boulevard (weather permitting), or in the Bluford Classroom (rain and heat plan). The event is free but does not include admission to the museum.

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September 2018

Vintage, Upcycled, and Refurbished: What is the “End of the Line” for Our Stuff?

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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This program will pull objects from the collection of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, like those seen in Stovall’s paintings, and trace their stories through multiple generations. Learn about the life cycles of our material culture and get up close and personal with museum objects that you might also see in antique shops or at auction today.

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The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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A century ago—at the height of World War I—history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. The disease claimed more lives in twenty-four weeks than AIDS has claimed in thirty-seven years, and more than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision between modern science and epidemic disease.

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VMHC Teacher Open House

September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virginia Museum of History and Culture, 428 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
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Celebrate the start of the school year and get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the upcoming exhibit, "Fresh Paint: Murals Inspired by the Story of Virginia." At this event, educators can enjoy beer, wine, and food; win raffle prizes; and experience the educational initiatives at the museum. Please register online.

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