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Connecting people to America’s past through the unparalleled story of Virginia.
Connecting people to America’s past through the unparalleled story of Virginia.

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Maggie Lena Walker (1864–1934) was the daughter of Elizabeth Draper, a former kitchen slave and then cook in the Civil War household of Union sympathizer Elizabeth Van Lew. Walker grew up helping her mother run a small laundry service. In 1903, she founded the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank and was probably the first woman bank president in America. A monument of Maggie Walker was unveiled in Richmond, Virginia on July 15, 2017.
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The Virginia Historical Society is the perfect place to go on a date. Watch how Barbie and Ken find their perfect match in the "Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s" exhibition. The exhibit is on display at the Virginia Historical Society until December 31, 2017. Visit www.vahistorical.org/toys to plan your visit!
https://vimeo.com/224195613
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What do you think about these new Olympic competitions? Jarts, Hula Hoops, Slinky Race, and Hungry Hungry Hippos. Watch Chewbacca, Mr. Potato Head, Gumby, and Pokey compete in the first annual “Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s” Olympics. And remember everyone’s a winner when you visit the “Toys” exhibition at the Virginia Historical Society. Visit www.vahistorical.org/toys to learn more about this exhibition!
https://vimeo.com/224196611
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"Washington: The Myths and the Man" opens to the public on Tuesday, July 4, at 9:00 a.m. as part of our Independence Celebration. This exhibition presents 13 original paintings alongside 17 historical records that reveal facts about Washington’s life and about the man behind the myth. The exhibition also features items that have rarely left the grounds of his Virginia home, George Washington's Mount Vernon, such as his presidential chair and inaugural sword. Visit www.vahistorical.org/july4 to learn about our Independence Celebration!
https://vimeo.com/223808038/8cb4c57d41
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Washington: The Myths and the Man opens July 4 at the Virginia Historical Society. This exhibition presents 13 original paintings by Ferris along with 17 historical records that reveal facts about Washington’s life and about the man behind the myth. The exhibition also features items that have rarely left the grounds of his Virginia home, Mount Vernon, such as his presidential chair and inaugural sword.

http://www.vahistorical.org/exhibitions/washington-myths-and-man-0
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Are you a teacher or do you know one? The Weinstein Properties Story of Virginia Teachers Institutes are open to all Virginia public and private school teachers. This year, the institutes will be held the weeks of July 10-14 and July 24-28. For more information, visit www.vahistorical.org/collections…/…/professional-development.
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Our Summer Book Sale is this week! Museum Shop staff are already setting up tables in advance of the big sale. We will have hundreds of gently used books and vinyl for sale between Thursday, June 1, and Sunday, June 4. All money raised from the book sale will be used to support VHS educational initiatives.
http://www.vahistorical.org/events/programs-and-activities/social-events/summer-book-sale
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