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First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Families by Mary Miley Theobald

Thursday, October 10, 12:00pm1:00pm
Children $4 Members Free (Join today) Seniors $5 Adults $6
Virginia Historical Society
Robins Family Forum
Part of the Banner Lecture Series category.
Part of the program.

First HouseConceived during the Revolutionary War, built during the War of 1812, and looted during the Civil War, Virginia's executive mansion has endured fires, threats, riots, and hurricanes. Written to coincide with the mansion's bicentennial in 2013, First House: Two Centuries with Virginia's First Family by Mary Miley Theobald brings to life the private stories of the governors and their families who shaped the destiny of this unique home. The book traces triumph and tragedy through the turbulence of wars, fires, economic depressions, and renovations in a story that mirrors Virginia's progress from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first.

Avoid the lines after the lecture and pre-order your signed copy of First House.

Free admission for Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a Press Pass coupon.

Mary Theobald, an independent historian and author of several books, taught American history and museum studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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