A surprisingly large number of adult Virginians kept diaries during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and we are fortunate when their journals survive for later generations to appreciate. Most diarists never expected anyone else to see their writings. So, when their observations are detailed, they often tend to be very frank. This tour, led by Lee Shepard, VHS vice president for collections, will feature a wide range of diaries kept by well-known and unknown Virginians and offer candid excerpts that sometimes sound surprisingly like modern postings to Facebook or tweets on Twitter. Read more about diaries in our collection here.
Reservations are required and may be made online or in the VHS Pusey Museum Shop.
E. Lee Shepard, Vice President for Collections and Sallie and William B. Thalhimer III senior archivist
Join me on a behind the scenes tour as we explore eighteenth and nineteenth century diaries kept by Virginians.