Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Virginia Historical Society Celebrates 175 Years

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Virginia Historical Society Celebrates 175 Years

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All year long we have been celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Virginia Historical Society, but July was an especially busy time. On the 19th, we invited former trustees to attend the board meeting, and it was a regular homecoming event, capped with a sneak preview of the new wing's long-term exhibition, Virginians at Work. On the same day, we hosted a luncheon for former chairmen of the board to seek their advice about the society's plans for the future (photo on page 11). In the evening, there was a dinner in the Halsey Family Lecture Hall for friends and donors to the 175th Anniversary Campaign: Home for History. The surprise of the evening was an announcement by Chairman of the Board E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. To the delight and applause of the nearly two hundred people present, Mr. Robins said that the board had voted to name the new wing in honor of Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr., for his leadership of the VHS over nearly two decades. The celebration continued the following evening, when nearly six hundred people came to the special members-only opening of Virginians at Work. Two days later, hundreds more jammed the headquarters building for a grand family open house, sponsored by the Norfolk Southern Foundation.

Captions: The highlight of the new wing is Virginians at Work (upper left and facing page). In the Evans Gallery, you can test yourself on 175 Years of Collecting: A Virginia History Quiz (left, middle). …

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