41 Oral History/William and Martha Harkess

This Latrobe drawing from 1797 form Maryland Historical Society shows the home on the Scott Family Estate called Hermitage that where Scott's Addition is today.

This Latrobe drawing from 1797 form Maryland Historical Society shows the home on the Scott family estate called Hermitage that where Scott’s Addition is today.  Gen Winfield Scott inherited it from his father in law John Mayo.

On this episode William and Martha Harkess discuss growing up in Richmond, VA. They are both 84 years old.  Martha was born in NC, but moved to Scott’s Addition with her family when she was about 3.  Later her family moved to the Carytown area where William grew up.

They discuss what life was like in Scott’s Addition starting in the 1930’s, including the old skating rink and Moore’s Field which hosted the Richmond Colts baseball club and car races.  Much of the conversation covers their life in Carytown.  Their memories of the Byrd Theater, recycling before recycling was a thing, the horse farm where the Carytown Kroger is today, the first McDonald’s in RVA, and some of William’s pranks are a few of the topics covered.

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40 Ed Ayers

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Ed Ayers, the President and a History Professor at the University of Richmond is the guest. He discusses some of the complexities of emancipation, what emancipation means in a practical terms, and post Civil War Richmond.  He also discusses why many consider him an internet pioneer in the fields of the humanities.

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39 Maggie Walker/ Ajena Cason Rogers

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On this Episode of History Replays Today, Ajena Cason Rogers, The Supervisory Park Ranger at the Maggie L Walker National Historic Site discusses the life of Maggie Walkermlw-circa-1885_1.

Walker is best know as the first black woman to charter a bank in the US,* but she is much more than that.  Her mother was a former enslaved woman and her father was a Confederate yet she becomes a nationally know figure who rocked the boat of Jim Crow and pushed her community forward.

Visit the Maggie L Walker National Historic Site in Historic Jackson Ward at 600 N Second St.

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*From the Corrections Desk- this was updated from “as the first woman to charter a bank in the US and the first black woman to be president of a bank in the US” on 1/3/15

38 The VA State Capitol during the Civil War/Mark Greenough Part 2

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The is part 2 of a conversation with Mark Greenough, The Tour Supervisor and Historian at The Virginia State Capitol.  He discusses how the State and Confederate Governments were able to work together in one building, what the Capitol was like during the Civil War, how the war effected the building, and how it was saved from the conflagration that ended Richmond’s role in the war. Part one is about the lead up to the war and how Richmond became the capitol of the Confederacy.

Mark Greenough was also the guest on episode 5 where he talks about Richmond becoming the capital of Virginia and the building of the Virginia State Capitol.

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37 The VA State Capitol during the Civil War/Mark Greenough Part 1

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This episode features Mark Greenough, The Tour Supervisor and Historian at the Virginia State Capitol discussing the Virginia State Capitol during the Civil War.  This is part 1 of the conversation focusing on Virginia before secession, secession, the settling of Richmond as the Confederate capital and the Confederate government’s move to Virginia’s Capitol building.

Part 2 will be released on January 15.

This is Greenough’s second appearance on Sate CapitolHistory Replays Today.  On Episode 5 he discussed the move of Virginia’s capital from Williamsburg to Richmond and the construction of Jefferson’s “Temple on the Hill”.  All archived episodes are available for free on iTunes or where ever you listen to podcasts.

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36 Beer in Richmond/Lee Graves

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Lee Graves, known as the RVA Beer Guy tells History Replays Today about the history of brewing beer in the Richmond area.  Richmond is going through a huge boon in local brewing but beer has been in the area since the first English explorers came in 1607. The conversation follows beer from its 19th century brewing culture that was heavily populated by the German immigrants, through prohibition and up to the present day.

Lee Graves writes a column in the Richmond-Times Dispatch and is the author of the book Richmond Beer, A History of Brewing in the River City.

Find out more about Lee Graves or follow him on Twitter @rvabeerguy

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35 Frank Robinson/Lewis Ginter Part 2

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden at Maymont proposal

This is the second part of the conversation that focuses on the creation of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, how it was formed, how it almost never came to be, how it almost became part of Maymont Park, and how it ultimately became what we know now as an amazing park.

You can hear the first part of the conversation here which focuses more on who Lewis Ginter the man was.

If you want to hear more about the history of Maymont Park you can hear it on episodes 20 & 21. 

Find more information about Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Dominion GardenFest of Lights.

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34 Frank Robinson/Lewis Ginter part 1

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This episode features Frank Robinson, the President and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden talking about Lewis Ginter and his legacy.  Lewis Ginter not only helped shape the tobacco industry in America and built the Jefferson Hotel, but he can also be considered the father of the north side of Richmond, VA.

The link to Lewis Ginter’s blog post that has the picture of the bear cages can be found here.

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33 Maurie McInnis & Gregg Kimball/To Be Sold

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On this episode, Maurie McInnis & Gregg Kimball tell the podcast about the slave trade in Richmond, VA.  Richmond was one of the centers of the domestic slave trade.  McInnis is the curator of the exhibit To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade at the Library of Virginia, a professor of art history and american studies at the University of Virginia and the author of many books including Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and The American Slave Trade.  Kimball is the Director of Public Services and Out Reach for the Library of Virginia.

The database of the trans-Atlantic slave trade referenced in this episode can be found here.

Check out the Library of Virginia’s blog here.

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32 Wickham House/David Voelkel

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On this Episode David Voelkel talks about the 1812 John Wickham House, who its occupants were, about 19th century living in general, and his approach to history in general.  David Voelkel is the Director of Collections and the Elise H. Wright Curator of General Collections at The Valentine.  To hear more about The Valentine listen to episode featuring the museum’s director Bill Martin.

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