32 Wickham House/David Voelkel

Wickham House LOC

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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17 Shockoe Hill Cemetery/ Jeffry Burden

The History Pug at Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Shockoe Hill Cemetery and the History Pug

John Marshalls Grave

The graves of John and Polly Marshall

Jeffry Burden, who is on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery¬†and is its president tell History Replays Today, The Richmond History Podcast about the first municipal cemetery not affiliated with a church in Richmond. ¬†The cemetery on the north side of RVA, is the final resting place of some amazing Richmonders including John Marshall (the subject of the last episode) and his wife, Elizabeth Van Lew the Union spy, Peter Francisco, the “Giant of the Revolution”, and many Richmonders associated with Edgar Allen Poe.

Elizabeth Van Lew Grave

Elizabeth Van Lew’s grave

 

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13 Bill Martin/The Valentine Richmond History Center

The Wickham House where The Valentine opened, seen after 1933. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The Wickham House where The Valentine opened, seen after 1933. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

On this episode, Bill Martin, The Director of The Valentine Richmond History Center discusses the history of The Valentine, which is the oldest museum in Richmond.  The museum opened its doors in 1898 in the Wickham House on the corner of Clay and 11th St.  Over the years the museum has gone through many changes as RVA and its needs for a museum have changed, including expansion.  The museum now takes up the entire block of East Grace St between 10th & 11th Streets.  Martin also tells History Replays Today about the current renovations of the museums main galleries.  The renovation is allowing Martin and The Valentine to reexamine what its means to live in a city like Richmond, that is layered with history and how that history should be taught and related to.

The Valentine Richmond History Center is a must visit for any one that wants to know anything about Richmond. ¬†The museum (like this podcast) focuses on ALL of Richmond’s history not just the Civil War. ¬†In fact¬†Martin lays out why the Civil War may not even be the most important time in RVA’s history.

The Wickham House and Edward Valentine’s Studio remain open through out the renovation. ¬†The renovations progress can be monitored every Wednesday at the “Hard Hat Happy Hour”. ¬†The Valentine’s Community Discussions will also continue. ¬†Find out more information on the Valentine’s calendar of events.

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Episode 5. Mark Greenough, Building of the VA State Capitol

State Capitol.  Lawrence Sully. Digital reproduction of wood engraving. Published in Virginia & North Carolina Almanack 1802.

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.

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Episode 3. Patrick Henry, Founding Father

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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.

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