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When the hero of Hacksaw Ridge had lunch at the VHS

Months ago when I read that a new movie produced by Mel Gibson was based on the story of Virginian Desmond Doss, a flood of sweet memories of visiting with Desmond and his (second) wife, Frances, came to mind. 557 more words

The Declaration of Independence—Its Roots Are Found in a Virginia Document, Thomas Jefferson’s 1774 Summary View of the Rights of British America

The Continental Congress assigned to Thomas Jefferson the task of drafting a Declaration of Independence and then cut one-quarter of what he wrote. The original text survives, however, as does a copy made by John Adams of what remained after a first edit. 640 more words

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The Markham Book Collection: First Steps in a New Project

Perceptive patrons who regularly use the library’s online catalog will likely notice a new collection designation appearing in their searches—CMLS. The CMLS, or Confederate Memorial Literary Society, collections encompass manuscripts, rare books, pamphlets, broadsides, and other paper materials relating to the Civil War, its coming and its aftermath, from the Museum of the Confederacy’s Eleanor S. 612 more words

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Football Hall of Fame Visits Richmond

Looking for something to do with a young football fan this summer? The Virginia Historical Society in Richmond may not known for its young audience, but a new special exhibition this summer could change that. 17 more words

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Stamp Act Spoon, 1766

250 years ago today, the British Parliament repealed the controversial Stamp Act of 1765.

In order to help fund the expense of defending its American colonies, Great Britain instituted a tax on printed paper used by the colonists. 276 more words

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Honoring A Legend in Historic Preservation 

Jack Zehmer served as a trustee of the Menokin Foundation; one of many important roles he had in the field of historic preservation.

His son, James D. 697 more words

The Northern Neck And Beyond

You have to kiss a lot of frogs

I’ve amassed a ton of material in writing this book. In fact, the records I’ve found and the interviews I’ve done are the parts of the project that I am most proud of. 242 more words

Life As A Writer