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The Story of Virginia
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Upcoming Exhibitions

Learn about upcoming exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.

Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull, about 1805. Courtesy of The White House, Washington, District of Columbia.Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and the Virginians
October 19, 2019 – February 2, 2020

The “ten-dollar Founding Father” will take over the Virginia Museum of History & Culture to coincide with the Virginia tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning HAMILTON. Throughout the museum, guests can discover rare artifacts related to themes from HAMILTON and experience an interactive exhibition that explores Alexander Hamilton’s relationships with the founding generation of Virginians. Learn more.


Image courtesy of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC.Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
November 23, 2019 – January 12, 2020

For millions of Americans, it really isn’t Christmas until they have watched A Charlie Brown Christmas at least once! This exhibition, from the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, examines the making of this animated classic and celebrates the anticipation, joy, and pitfalls of the holiday season through Peanuts comic strips, vintage novelties, a Santa letter writing station, and photo opportunities. Learn more.

 


Equal Suffrage League of Richmond at Capitol Square (Richmond, Virginia), 1915 (2002.225.1). Gift of Adele Clark.Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today
March 7, 2020 – September 27, 2020

Organized in conjunction with the statewide Women’s Suffrage Centennial, this exhibition featuring artifacts from the museum’s vast collections and new acquisitions made through a major collecting initiative, celebrates a century of women’s social and political activism in the Commonwealth. Highlighting the efforts and impact of a selection of female change-makers these women brought about positive change in their communities, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Learn more.

Is there a woman whose activism has inspired you? 
The VMHC is collecting stories and items that celebrate Virginia women as drivers of change. Share your stories and items here.


Collections Drive

Brochure, 1955 NAACP Freedom Day. (Accession number 2003.234.5) In conjunction with the Determined exhibition and with our ongoing commitment to tell the stories of all Virginians, we are asking for the public’s help to build the museum’s collections to better preserve the complex experience of African Americans in Virginia.

We are particularly interested in items that represent:

  • African American achievements in Virginia politics, business, culture, and other arenas in the 20th and 21st centuries

  • life under Jim Crow segregation

  • the Civil Rights Movement

  • expressions of black pride

  • the recent fight against persistent racism and injustice as seen in the Black Lives Matter movement and Charlottesville protests

If you have objects (such as documents, letters, family mementos, personal effects, and images) that you would like to share with the museum, please contact Dr. Karen Sherry, Curator of Exhibitions, at (804) 342-9683 or ksherry@VirginiaHistory.org

 

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