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May 14, 2022: Grand Re-Opening of Your Reimagined State History Museum
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Commonwealth History Fund
The Commonwealth History Fund is a new endowment and grant-making program from the VMHC. Likely the largest of its kind in Virginia, The Fund will provide nearly $400,000 annually in grants to history organizations and projects across the state, and up to $2,000,000 in its first five years of operation. The Fund was created principally through generous funding from Dominion Energy. The Commonwealth History Fund is among the core initiatives of the museum’s current reimagination and efforts to continue this important work beyond the museum to reach Virginians in their own communities across the state.
Featured Collections Items
The VMHC has a collection of more than 9 million items. Here are just a few them (please note that not all of them may be on display to the public). Search the Library or Museum Objects Collections databases to learn more.
Tennis Items, Arthur Ashe
Drawing, Natural Bridge
Painting, George Washington
Desk circa 1780-1805
U.S. Navy WAVES Uniform
Equal Suffrage League of Richmond Photograph
Program, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1962
Photographic print, No. 3, Pocahontas [train], barrels by Shawsville on its night run to Cincinnati, 1955
Tintype Portrait of Robert Thaxton
Medal, Indian Badge
Bringing It Together
The Record of Murders & Outrages
Black Educational Activism, 1911-32
How Imperfect Is Our Past?
Buckingham & Prince Edward Counties
The Life & Legacy of Emily Winfree