#RVAPride: The Valentine Richmond History Center
#RVA Pride is what keeps us in Richmond. #RVAPride is what we love and do in the city. #RVAPride is businesses, people, place, and things that support the LGBT community here in Richmond. #RVAPride is a campaign to help bring LGBT people to Richmond. Get in on the fun, use #RVAPride on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and help grow this city into the space we want it to be.
The Valentine Richmond History Center is the go-to spot to understand and learn about the complex history that permeates from every cobblestone here in Richmond. In addition to a wealth of items and information detailing over 400 years of RVA history, the Valentine also boasts the largest collection of information and items from Richmond’s LGBT history. A stop in Richmond isn’t complete without a stop at the Valentine. Domenick Casuccio, Director of Public Relations & Marketing for the Valentine, spoke with GayRVA about why the over 100-year-old institution has #RVAPride.
Why are you participating in this campaign?
The Valentine Richmond History Center is much more than a museum. In addition to an extensive collection of documents, photographs and memorabilia relating to the history of the LGBT community in Richmond, the Valentine Richmond History Center has offered the Gay and Lesbian History Bus Tour as part of its popular Richmond History Tours program. The Richmond History Tours program offers daily walking tours of Hollywood Cemetery and City Center and many specialty tours of that feature the neighborhoods, architecture, culture, people and history that make Richmond unique.
“Martha in the Atelier Courtyard,” 1931
Adele Goodman Clark (1882-1983) Oil on canvas
The Valentine Richmond History Center also has in its collection the pride flag flown by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in celebration of Gay Pride Month in June 2011. The rainbow flag is of course a widely recognized symbol of diversity, inclusiveness, and hope for the LGBT community. Reflecting the importance of the rainbow flag to the LGBT community of Richmond, the flag flown by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for the month of June 2011 is the 50th Object in their newest exhibit “A History of Richmond in 50 Objects.” The exhibit is currently on view through October 20, 2013.
If you were to bring a LGBT friend/family member to Richmond, why would you take them to your establishment?
Since 1892, the Valentine Richmond History Center has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s history. Although affectionately known as Richmond’s Attic, the Valentine Richmond History Center is anything but a dusty stale museum with a narrow focus. Instead, it is a vibrant place for residents and tourists of all interests and ages to discover the rich and diverse stories that tell the history of this important region. This includes the history of Richmond’s LGBT community. In short, the Valentine Richmond History Center has kept apace with the changing demographics of the city and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Additionally, Richmond has many great parks, museums and restaurants. A few favorites include the VMFA, Virginia Historical Society, Maymont & the Dooley Mansion, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Hollywood Cemetery, Three Lakes Nature Center & Aquarium.
If there was a show in town we could see something at one of the great theaters in town and have dinner out at a great restaurant. Some favorites include Tarrant’s, Mama J’s, Mamma ‘Zu, Mezzanine, The Pearl, Comfort, Pasture, Edo Squid, The Roosevelt and Helen’s.
Why are you proud to be a part of or support the LGBT community here in Richmond?
The Valentine Richmond History Center supports Richmond community as we continue to collect, preserve and interpret Richmond’s history and this includes the LGBT community. We are proud to live in such a diverse and cultural city that is rich in history and the History Center is the cultural hub where everyone is welcome.
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