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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 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 a song “Crazy Bet” by the Richmond based band Long Arms
about Elizabeth Van Lew.
Van Lew’s grave at Shockoe Hill Cemetery, photo by Jeff Majer