About the Exhibition: Themes explored through objects from the VMHC's collections include:
- History helps us discover ourselves: we learn who we are through stories of our families and communities
- History helps us connect with our communities: traditions and shared experiences give meaning to the places we call home
- History motivates us to explore: examples of the past encourage us to be creative, innovative, and to forge new paths
- History inspires our future: understanding our past—its triumphs and its tragedies—provides insight to help us shape a better tomorrow
Highlights: This exhibition features key artifacts from throughout Virginia's rich history, including the personalized graduation cap worn by Ginai Seabron, the first African American woman to graduate with a degree in Nanoscience--on her graduation from Virginia Tech in 2018; sneakers worn by "Rainbow Minute" radio show co-host Judd Proctor at his wedding to co-host Brian Burns in 2006; an early-1900s child’s banjo from Carroll County; a terra-cotta bowl made by Pamunkey Indian artist Mary Bradby; an autographed baseball from the Richmond Virginians, a minor league AAA baseball team in the International League from 1954 to 1964; a shovel used during Admiral Richard Byrd’s 1928 expedition to the South Pole; a Civil War cap belonging to Lt. Charles Ellis Munford (1839-1862), Letcher Light Artillery; vials used to by VCU Health Systems to deliver the first COVID-19 vaccinations in Virginia; and more.