30 Shady Civil War Richmond/ Ashley Luskey

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Ashley Luskey, Park Ranger at the Richmond National Battlefield Parks talks about the under belly of Richmond during the Civil War.  Becoming the Capitol of the Confederacy brings massive change.  The rise in population and social fluctuations brings about prostitution, drunkenness, murder, opportunists, and even cross dressing.  Luskey does many tours including on this topic and will be one of the historians leading tours about the Civil War 150th battles in the area like New Market Heights between 9/27/14-9/30/14.  More information can be found at  http://www.nps.gov/rich/planyourvisit/fortharrison150th.htm

29 Civil War Balloons/ Bryce Van Stavern

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Bryce Van Stavern, the Supervisor of White House Operations at the Museum of the Confederacy discusses the use of balloons for reconnaissance during the American Civil War on this episode.  It can be said this was the first United States Air Force and they flew just outside of Richmond.

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28 Jewry in Richmond/ Grace Zell

Jewish Burial Ground

Richmond is home to the 6th synagogue established in the US and the Jewish community has been a major part of the city’s history.  On this episode, Grace Zell, a Docent and Administrative Assistant at the Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives discusses the story with History Replays Today.

Topics include but are not limited to the earliest days of the city when it’s earliest Jews settled in Church Hill, Judah Benjamin, who has been called the “Brains of the Confederacy”, the Thalhimers who created one of the largest department stores in Virginia, the first jewish burial ground in Virginia and the only Jewish Civil War Burial ground any where.

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27 Baseball and Richmond/ Scott Mayer

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On this episode Scott Mayer, co-author of the book Baseball and Richmond, A History of the Professional Game 1884-2000, tells History Baseball in RichmondReplays Today about how the city’s relationship with baseball has changed since the game spread in the 1860’s and how baseball and the city have grown together.

This episode does not cover all of the way to the present day, because the Baseball in Richmond/John O’Conner episode from Oct 2013 covers the Richmond Braves and more on the Diamond.

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26 James River Parks/ Ralph White

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Ralph White retired as the Manager of the James River Park System.  It has been said that what we know of today as the James River Park System can be attributed to White.

On this episode, he talks about the history of the James River Park System, the history of the James River and answers some questions from HRT listeners on social media.

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25 Best of 2013-14 Part 2

This is part 2 of the Best of 2013-14.  This is also the first episode of the first full year of the podcast.  The count down continues here with the favorite 5 episodes.  The top 10-6 were counted down on part 1 of the this best of.

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Best of 2013-14 Part 1

It is exciting to say that this is the 24th episode of History Replays, The Richmond History Podcast.  Since the podcast comes out on the first and 15th of every month, that means this post marks one year.  To celebrate, HRT  counting down its 10 favorite episodes of the first year.  The last few episodes were not included in hopes of not being too repetitive.  They will be eligible for the Best of 2014-15 if HRT decides to do that when the time comes.

This episode includes snippets of 10-6 on my list of favorite episodes.  Part 2, will include 5-1 and will be posted on July 1, 14.

Contact me on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to suggest your favorite snippets and episodes for the next part of this best of.  I may include them on the next episode.

Here’s to another great year!

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23 Elizabeth Van Lew/Catherine Wright

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The Adams-Van Lew Mansion



ElizabethVanLewThis episode of History Replays Today, The Richmond HistoryPodcast features Catherine Wright in a conversation about the infamous spy in RVA during the Civil War, Elizabeth Van Lew.  Wright is Curator in the Flag Collection at the Museum of the Confederacy which is now part of the American Civil War Museum.  Van Lew lived in Church Hill is a large home where today’s Bellevue Elementary stands.

 

The episode also features aVanLew_inline song “Crazy Bet” by the Richmond based band Long Arms
about Elizabeth Van Lew.

 

 

Elizabeth Van Lew Grave

Van Lew’s grave at Shockoe Hill Cemetery, photo by Jeff Majer

Van Lew is buried in Richmond’s Shockoe Hill Cemetery.

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22 Public Art/ Paul DiPasquale

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12 ft. Clay Process of Arthur Ashe Photo use loaned by Paul Dipasquale

Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale is the guest on this episode. In Richmond he is best know for his monument for Arthur Ashe on Monument Ave, the Headsman on Brown’s Island and Connecticut which most people know as the Indian that was on the Diamond.

DiPasquale recently finished a police monument and a statue of Neptune on the Virginia Beach Board Walk and a statue of Jimmy Dean.

 

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Maymont / Dale Wheary Part 2

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Aerial view of Maymont pre 1930, courtesy of Maymont

 

This is part 2 of a conversation with Dale Wheary, the Curator and Director of Maymont japanese garden 1925 c. dementiMansion.  This second half of the conversation is more about the estate of Maymont, the domestic help that worked there, how it became the park, the history of the land as a park and the legacy of the James and Sallie Dooley beyond Maymont.

Maymont/ Dale Wheary Part 1 can be found here.  Part 1 of more about James and Sallie Dooley who gave their estate, Maymont to the city that is now one of the best parks in the Richmond area.

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