Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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On July 2, the VHS opens three exhibitions. The diverse subjects of these three displays illustrate the vast range of topics that Virginia and American history embrace and that visitors can learn about in our galleries.

An icon of Virginia history, Patrick Henry has long been known for his fiery 1775 speech in which he summed up the spirit of the American Revolution by declaring "Give me liberty, or give me death." This exhibition presents a broad overview of his life and brings to light many facets of his long and distinguished public career. It highlights his days as Virginia's foremost courtroom attorney, his service in state government and as governor, and his role as prominent opponent of federal power. The exhibition will feature paintings and manuscripts, as well as objects owned by Henry. Patrick Henry: His Story will remain on view until January 16, 2006.

Wartime Memories: World War II Paintings by Clinton Ford

Clinton Ford joined the Richmond Light Infantry Blues at the age of eighteen and later became a member of the 508th Parachute Battalion of the 82d Airborne Division. He was awarded a Silver Star for bravery but, like many veterans, after the war had difficulty talking about his experiences. He found his voice in painting, however, after he was more than seventy years old. The exhibition features Ford's folk art paintings of his experiences in wartime Western Europe: in England training for D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, fighting in Holland and during the battle of the Bulge, and as a prisoner of war. …

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