Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

What the VHS Did on Its Summer Vacation

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

What the VHS Did on Its Summer Vacation

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As the days of summer dwindled to a close, Virginia was treated to a pair of natural events in rapid succession. Hurricane Irene in late August was only the latest in a line of countless storms that through the years have battered Virginia's coastline and downed trees with their high winds. The other event was far rarer. The magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Louisa County on August 23 was powerful enough to be felt far beyond the Old Dominion. Virginians had to look back to an 1897 quake in Giles County for anything as powerful. Earlier strong tremors rocked the state in 1833 and 1774.

You may be interested to know that when the earthquake shook the VHS, it caused only the briefest pause in what has been a tremendously busy summer. Here's a summary of what took place.

The summer activity that left a lasting mark on the VHS is surely the replacement of the flooring in our lobby (both the Pusey Museum Shop and the Cabell Gallery), the Halsey Family Lecture Hall, and upstairs in the Evans Gallery. Out with the faded and oft-stained carpet and in with a two-toned slate floor that looks stunning. We hope that you will come by to see our new look. And remember, the VHS, especially with its elegant new facelift, is the perfect place to hold a meeting or reception for a business, alumni group, or association.

Our Family Open House this year on July g was too early to see the new flooring in place, but that didn't stop 3,500 visitors from pouring through our doors to experience children's programs, music, scavenger hunts. …

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