Virginia Historical Society announces 2015 program lineup

The museum is going strong with a variety of programs and lectures in 2015, despite major renovations.

While the Virginia Historical Society galleries and many exhibitions may be closed for major renovations much of this year, the museum is still offering a whole host of lectures, behind the scenes tours, and other events in 2015. This week, the VHS announced its full annual calendar of events, details of which can be found below.

The museum shop and library are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM.


Banner Lectures begin at noon (note 5:30 p.m. for Wednesday, April 22, indicated in red) and cost $6/adults, $5/seniors, $4/students and children under 18, and are free for VHS members. Banner Lectures are sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Reservations are not required. Seating is offered on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, visit the VHS website.

Thursday, January 22
“Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery – Where War Comes Home” by Robert M. Poole

Thursday, February 5
“From Marshall to Moussaoui: Federal Justice in the Eastern District of Virginia” by John O. Peters and Judge Henry E. Hudson, cosponsored with the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Thursday, February 19
“Fellow Travelers on The Road to Black Ned’s Forge” by Turk McCleskey

Thursday, March 19
“What’s Wrong with Black Beard?” by Kevin P. Duffus

Thursday, March 5
“James Madison’s Gift: The Power of Partnership” by David O. Stewart

Wednesday, April 1
“The Confederate Alamo: Bloodbath at Petersburg’s Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865” by John J. Fox III

Wednesday, April 22 (5:30 p.m.)
“Lee’s Last War Winter” by William C. Davis
Cosponsored with Richmond National Battlefield Park

Thursday, May 7
“Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson” by S. C. Gwynne

Thursday, June 4
“The Poe You May Not Know” by Barbara Cantalupo

Thursday, July 2
“What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, a Life” by Marc Leepson

Thursday, July 23
“Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era” by Eric Allen Hall

Thursday, October 8
“God’s Acre: Why African American Cemeteries Matter” by Lynn Rainville

Thursday, November 19
“George Marshall and Leadership Lessons” by Gerald Pops


Behind The Scenes Tours are offered every other month. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and cost $10 for VHS members and $17 for nonmembers. A 20% discount is offered to patrons who wish to purchase tickets to three separate tours in one transaction. Each tour is limited to 20 participants. Advance registration is recommended. For more information, or to register for a behind the scenes tour, visit the VHS website.

Saturday, January 31
Virginia is for Lovers

Saturday, March 28
Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History

Saturday, May 30
Before and After Mad Men: Advertising and the American Dream

Saturday, July 25
Things that Can Kill You: Weapons, Disease, and other Dangerous Stuff

Saturday, September 26
Bottoms Up: Ales, Ciders, and Taverns from Virginia’s Fermented Past

Saturday, November 21
Gridirons and Hoops: College Football and Basketball in the Old Dominion


See You In Class programs take place from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Classes cost $50 for VHS members and $65 for nonmembers. For more information and to register for a class, visit the VHS website.

Thursday, February 26 and March 5
“The Great Depression in Virginia” by Ronald Heinemann

Thursday, March 26
“Final Chapters . . . the Civil War in 1865” by Brig. Gen. John W. Mountcastle

Thursday, April 9 and 16
“The Houses of the Fan” by Robert P. Winthrop


Stories at the Museum takes place the first and third Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. Every program includes a group reading of a selected history-themed picture book and a craft activity related to the text. Each month the books have a different theme. Stories at the Museum programs are free and open to children of all ages. For more information, visit the VHS website.

January 17
Famous Americans Month

February 7 and 21
Black History Month

March 7 and 21
Women’s History Month

April 4 and 18
Civil War and Emancipation Month

May 2 and 16
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

June 6 and 20
WWII History Month

July 4 and 18
American Revolution History Month

  • error

    Report an error

Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

There are no reader comments. Add yours.