This special Civil War 150th episode features Mike Gorman, talking about the fall of Richmond that began¬†April 2, 1865 and the evacuation fire that followed. ¬†The fire will destroy somewhere between 800-1000 buildings. The fall of the Capitol of the Confederacy does not end the Civil War but the writing is on the wall. ¬†Gorman is a Historian and Park Ranger with the Richmond National Battlefield Parks.
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.
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 History 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.
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.
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
Dale Wheary is the Curator and Director of Maymont Mansion. ¬†She talks about the history of Maymont and James and Sallie Dooley who left their house and estate Richmond.
There was so much interesting information in this conversation with Wheary that it will be released as a 2 part episode. ¬†This first episode is mostly about the Dooleys and the and the second is mostly about Maymont as a park. ¬†The people and their land is so connected that the topics are only loosely assigned to each episode. ¬†The second part will be released on May 1, 2014.
Thank you to Maymont for all three of these images.
John Marshall House at 818 E Marshall St, Richmond, Va c. 1900
Which Richmonder do you think has had the largest influence on the United States Government? ¬†It may be ¬†short list but at the top of that list, or at least near the top, has got to be John Marshall. ¬†On this episode Bobbie LeViness, Site Coordination of The John Marshall House at 818 E Marshall St discusses Marshall’s life.
Marshall built the house at 818 E Marshall St in 1790 ¬†and lived there until his death in 1835. ¬†Since the early 1900’s Preservation Virginia has owned the house and now runs it as a museum to the man who built it.
Marshall’s amazing life includes being an officer in the Continental Army and he was the first person, and still one of only a few, to serve in all 3 branches of the federal government. ¬†He is best know as the third confirmed Chief Justice of the United State. ¬†He is the longest serving and is known as the “Great Chief Justice”.
You are encouraged to visit the John Marshall House which closes during some of the colder months but reopens on Feb 28, 2014 and is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Correction! In my introduction I mention that Its A Wonderful Life is playing Dec 24, 2013 and Dec 25, 2013. ¬†I incorrectly said the times for Dec 25 are 7:15 and 9:30. ¬†The correct time is 7:15 and 9:45. ¬†For more info about times click here.
Todd A. Schall-Vess, General Manager of The Byrd Theater, in Carytown talks about the 85 year history of the theater. ¬†It opened on Dec 24, 1928. ¬†Schall-Vess discusses the opening of the theater, The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, the natural spring built into the theater, ¬†and much more. ¬†The Byrd is the oldest¬†operating¬†movie theater in¬†Richmond. The photo to the left and below are from opening day of The Byrd in 1928.
The Byrd is a staple in Carytown and has been there since before Carytown was called Carytown and even before that stretch of Cary St was called Cary St. ¬†Information on how to support The Byrd can be found ¬†at http://www.byrdtheatrefoundation.org/