Essays & Lectures

Essays & Lectures


Craddock-Terry Records Walk on Over to the VHS

Clementina Rind, Printer

Cookbooks (Advertising)

The Henkel Press

Lane Cedar Chest

Larus & Brother Advertisements

The Virginia Company of London


"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? The Recession in Historical Perspective"

  • On April 2, 2009, J. Alfred Broaddus, former president of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, and Paul A. Levengood, VHS president and CEO, discussed the current recession in the context of previous economic downturns in American history.

"One Nation Under Debt"

  • On September 4, 2008, Robert E. Wright delivered a talk on his book One Nation Under Debt. The United States was born in debt. Was this obligation a vital tool for forging national unity, or a monstrous burden? In One Nation Under Debt: Hamilton, Jefferson, and the History of What We Owe, Robert E. Wright follows our nation's debt from the founding to the credit crisis of today. A compelling and witty storyteller, Wright shows how the past can illuminate current financial woes. Dr. Wright teaches history at New York University's Stern School of Business.

"The Business of Virginia Has Always Been Business"

  • On September 13, 2007, Paul A. Levengood delivered a talk, "The Business of Virginia Has Always Been Business," that traced spectacular successes and dismal failures. And on July 24, 2008, Dr. Levengood explored the transformation of the South in the twentieth century. Dr. Levengood is the author of Virginia: Catalyst of Commerce for Four Centuries. 



November 14, 2008 - Preserving the Environment, One Document at a Time: Historical Society Receives Grant to Process Virginia Environmental Endowment Records

  • The VHS was recently awarded a $127,600 grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE) to organize, archive, and preserve records related to the VEE's role in the state's recent environmental history.


May 18, 2007 - Success! Campaign Exceeds Goal. Virginia Historical Society Closes 175th Anniversary: Home for History Campaign at $57 Million

  • A $288,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation helped the Virginia Historical Society exceed the goal of its $55 million 175th Anniversary: Home for History Campaign. A new wing, wiht an innovative long-term business history exhibition, was also part of the six-year fundraising endeavor.

2007 - Richmond Region Visitors Guide 2007 advertises Virginians at Work


July 20, 2006 - New Wing Named to Honor Virginia Historical Society President and CEO

  • The new wing—a $16 million endeavor that is part of the larger campaign—was dedicated and named in honor of Charles F. Bryan, Jr., president and CEO of the society. Chairman of the Board, E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., announced this decision made by the Board of Trustees and revealed a large sign that dedicates the wing.

July 19, 2006 - Working Hard or Hardly Working? New Exhibition at Virginia Historical Society Tells Story of Virginians at Work

  • By focusing on ordinary people, Virginians at Work will take the often abstract theory behind the study of economic history and make it viable and accessible to the visitor. Objects, photographs, oral histories, manuscripts, and multimedia stations help Virginians at Work tell the story of how people have made a living and why jobs in Virginia have changed. 

May/June 2006 - Virginia Review Magazine article by Charles F. Bryan, Jr.

May 22, 2006 - Richmond Times-Dispatch article focuses on the RBHC

  • Greg Edward's article in the Metro Business section discusses the origins of the RBHC, its major challenges, notable collections, and future plans. Read the article here. (Used with permission of the Richmond Times-Dispatch)