This episode of History Replays Today, The Richmond History Podcast features Dale Brumfield,¬†the author of Richmond Independent Press, The Underground Zine Scene and a founder of Throttle.¬†¬† This episode covers Richmond‚Äôs (dis) connection to Martin Luther King‚Äôs assignation, King‚Äôs version of his ‚ÄúI have a dream speech‚ÄĚ to protest VA‚Äôs failure to integrate its schools, how Allen Ginsberg accidentally started a riot in the fan, why James Brown and other black musicians were banned in Richmond, why the section of Franklin St through VCU is so well preserved, local lore like a poet who lived on the Kanawha Canal and why he through a cow in the canal, & much more.
In this special baseball episode of History Replays Today, The Richmond History Podcast there are 3 guests, John O’ Connor, Betty Dementi, and Guy Kinman. ¬†Topics include The Diamond, The Richmond Braves, The Flying Squirrels, Babe Ruth, Chipper Jones, Tate Field, and much more.
John O’Connor, a staff writer for the Richmond-Times Dispatch, discusses the history of The Diamond. ¬†There is a long standing debate about what to do with The Diamond and this is a look back at its somewhat short history. ¬†John O’Connor also references Richmond’s rich baseball history before The Diamond.
On this episode, Betty Dementi, the retired owner of Dementi Studios, which opened in 1924 and is the longest continuously operating photographic studio in Richmond, VA. ¬†Mrs. Dementi tells host Jeff Majer about the history of the studio and the hay-day of the Grace St corridor. ¬†The very charming, Mrs. Dementi also shares some quirky stories about a possible spy, a photo shy politician, snow, the streetcars and much more.
The Hippodrome Theater as it looked when it opened in 1913. The original building burns. The fire is covered in the podcast. Photo from Richmond Times-Distpatch
Ben Anderson, Park Guide for the National Park Service has done intensive research on Richmond’s most famous historic black theater, the Hippodrome. ¬†Anderson has a conversation with host Jeff Majer, about the theater in Jackson Ward. ¬†The theater is celebrating its 100th birthday and the conversation covers almost all 100 years.
The Hippodrome Theater as of 9/14/13, photo by Jeff Majer
Mark Greenough, Tour Supervisor and Historian at the Virginia State Capitol talks about the early days of the building. ¬†Many folks know that Thomas Jefferson designed the Virginia State Capitol, but the story is far more complicated and dramatic then a founding father dabbling in architecture.
The conversation addresses why the capital of Virginia was moved from Williamsburg to Richmond, why Thomas Jefferson designed the building, why it is where it is, what RVA was like as a young capital and much more.
Jeff Majer has a conversation with Hugh Campbell the owner and operator of the John Marshall Barber Shop on Richmond’s Shockoe Hill. ¬†The barber shop opened in 1929 on the same day that the stock market crashed that caused the great depression. ¬†Campbell has been cutting hair t the shop for almost 50 years and has hosted many notables including Cab Calloway, George Bush, Richard Nixon, Elvis, Bruce Willis and many more.¬†
CORRECTION: ¬†I say in this episode Shockoe Bottom yet the John Marshall is clearly on Shockoe Hill. ¬†My bad.
In this episode, Jeff Majer sits down with the first Governor of Virginia, lawyer and Founding Father Patrick Henry at¬†St John’s Church¬†in Richmond, Va, the site of Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech. ¬†Patrick Henry is portrayed by Kevin Grantz, a re enactor from St John’s Church.
This is a conversation about Richmonder, Edgar Allan Poe with Chris Semtner, the curator of the¬†Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. ¬†In the conversation Poe becomes a human and not the caricature that most people know as Poe.
The First Episode of The History Replays Today Podcast. ¬†Harry Kollatz is the guest.¬†He¬†discusses his book Richmond in Ragtime: Socialists Suffragists, Sex and Murder. ¬†Harry is also the Senior Writer at Richmond¬†Magazine¬†and the author of True Richmond Stories. ¬†Both of his books are from History Press.
This is a clip from an interview with Harry Kollatz. ¬†He is a 20 year vet writing about RVA at Richmond¬†Magazine¬†and to author of 2 books from History Press about Richmond,¬†Real Richmond Stories and Richmond in Ragtime: Socialists,¬†Suffragist, Sex and Murder. ¬†This is a clip from the pre¬†interview. ¬†The later book will be the topic of the longer conversation to be posted July 1.