Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Letter from the President: Hugh R. Stallard

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Letter from the President: Hugh R. Stallard

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Every two years the trustees of the Virginia Historical Society choose one of their number to serve as president of the board. Last fall, I was honored when my colleagues chose me for that role. I begin my term, therefore, with heartfelt thanks for their trust. I can tell you that it is a humbling thought to follow in the footsteps of John Marshall, the Society's first president, and other great leaders of the past.

But that sense of connection, reaching back to the early years of the republic, is a source of inspiration as well as awe. When our predecessors gathered in the state capitol 171 years ago to found the Society, they could not have imagined how it would thrive these many years later, just as today we cannot imagine what the future holds. But we can take heart from those founders and strive to capture something of their vision for the VHS. Virginia needs the Society now more than ever.

I begin my term buoyed by the knowledge that the VHS enjoys wide support around the commonwealth. This is largely because of the leadership demonstrated by our director, his staff, and my fellow trustees. My immediate predecessor as president, Governor Gerald L. Baliles, has done a tremendous job of guiding the institution during his watch, and I thank him for that example. …

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