Learn about upcoming exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
John Marshall: Hidden Hero of National Union February 10, 2019 – September 29, 2019
With characteristic grace and humility, John Marshall, the nation’s fourth chief justice of the Supreme Court, shunned recognition. He was a hidden hero who helped preserve the fragile union from its origin under George Washington to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. This exhibition brings to life the forgotten story of one of Virginia’s greatest Founding Fathers. Learn more.
The League of Wives: Vietnam’s POW/MIA Allies & Advocates March 2, 2019 – September 3, 2019
Featuring artifacts, photographs, and oral histories, this exhibition illustrates the dramatic story of how the spouses of American servicemen bucked government protocol and challenged the traditional role of “military wife.” These courageous women led by Sybil Stockdale on the West Coast, Jane Denton, Louise Mulligan, and Phyllis Galanti on the East Coast, and later Helene Knapp in the Interior West organized to form the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. Working with Congress and the Nixon administration, they demanded accounting for their husbands and successfully pursued their safe return after years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese.
Curated by 2017 Dole Archives Curatorial Fellow Heath Hardage Lee and based on her upcoming book, The League of Wives: a True Story of Survival and Rescue from the Homefront (2019, St. Martin’s Press). The League of Wives was organized by the Dole Institute of Politics and made possible by Harlan and Alice Ann Ochs in honor of Larry Ochs.
Determined: The 400-Year Struggle for Black Equality JUNE 19, 2019 – March 1, 2020
This exhibition will explore the African American experience in Virginia from the arrival of the first Africans in English North America in 1619 to the present day. Throughout this 400-year-long history, African Americans have played a pivotal role in shaping America’s national identity and culture. This exhibition focuses on key Virginians and Virginia events that defined the meaning of American democracy, equality, and justice. Learn more.
In conjunction with this 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.