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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On this episode of the podcast the topic is Mary Randolph and her book The Virginia Housewife. Guests Maureen Egan & Susan Winiecki, the owners of Real Richmond Food Tours are also the founders of Fire, Flour, and Fork. Fire, Flour, and Fork features events that are based on Mary Randolph’s cookbook.
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
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.
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.