Preservation Virginia Blog

Sep
17

Constitution Day 2021

By Meika Downey, Education Coordinator, Preservation Virginia September 17, 2021 Happy Constitution Day! On this day in Philadelphia in 1787, 39 of our founders signed the United States Constitution, the most radical governing document of the age. While American founders agreed the previous government under the Articles of Confederation needed replacing, the 70 delegates to …

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Aug
11

Telling the Story of Bacon’s Castle Through Objects

Kayla O’Leary, curatorial intern This summer, I have had the pleasure to be the curatorial intern at Preservation Virginia, working under Lea Lane, Curator of Collections, to learn more about the public history field. As my main project, I have helped develop a new permanent exhibit inside Bacon’s Castle that will help tell the story …

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Aug
2

On Hospitali-Tea at Scotchtown

By Miller Bowe As a historic house museum, Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown has unique opportunities to study and explore the details of daily life, including foodways. While Virginia was still a colony of Great Britain, members of the Old Dominion’s upper class imitated the habits of their counterparts in the mother country. Among these was taking …

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Jun
29

Preserving LGBTQ Historic Sites in Virginia

In 1999, the Stonewall Inn located at 51 and 53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, became the first LGBTQ site of significance listed to the National Register of Historic Places. In 2000, the site was named a National Historic Landmark, and in 2016, President Obama announced the establishment of the Stonewall National Monument to commemorate …

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Jun
17

Voices Remembered: Agnes Spurlock

This Juneteenth, 156 years ago, news of the abolition of slavery finally reached the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas. Despite President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, news and implementation of the new law struggled to reach the far corners of the divided nation. As such, millions of enslaved people remained …

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Apr
9

Late Nights at the John Marshall House

By Ben Lovelace Museum Educator, John Marshall House April 1, 2021 On Saturday, March 27, 2021, the John Marshall House had the pleasure of hosting the Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation (CPRI) from five o’clock in the evening until midnight, as they conducted an on-site investigation of the first and second floors of the …

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Mar
26

Women’s History Month – An Interview With CEO Elizabeth S. Kostelny

March, 2021 As part of Women’s History Month, we had a ‘virtual sit down’ with Preservation Virginia CEO, Elizabeth S. Kostelny. Elizabeth, who is celebrating 30 years with Preservation Virginia, has gained an incredible amount of insight and wisdom during her tenure. As a woman at the top of her field, there was much to …

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