Curator Conversations: Agents of Change

Time Period
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Media Type
Civil Rights
Politics & Government
Women's History
Dr. Karen Sherry

In this series, VMHC curatorial staff bring exclusive member-only programs to you on a variety of interesting topics. To see upcoming events in this series, please visit

Agents of Change (August 10, 2020): In this program, VMHC Curator of Museum Collections Dr. Karen Sherry presents an overview of the Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women's Suffrage to Today exhibition, exploring the continuing legacy of women’s civic participation in Virginia. Participants also joined in a conversation with one of the female changemakers featured in the Today’s Agents of Change display. Bessida Cauthorne White, a retired attorney and long-time activist, shared insights about her experiences, the changing nature of activism, and the 2020 protests sweeping Virginia and the U.S.