Civil War and Emancipation Day is a signature event of The Future of Richmond's Past, a collaborative effort among leaders of Richmond’s historical societies, museums, commissions, cultural and tourism organizations, and educational institutions to frame the sesquicentennial years during which Richmond and the nation will commemorate the anniversaries of the Civil War and Emancipation.
"A Tale of Two Trunks: Mary Custis Lee and James Jones" From 10:00am—5:00pm
A display consisting of rarely exhibited items from the VHS collection, including the stars from Robert E. Lee's uniform and recently acquired postwar papers of James Jones, an African American Republican party activist from Prince Edward County. These items will be on display for one day only.
"Saving Your Family Treasures" From 10:00am—2:00pm
Want to learn how to save your own family treasures? Experts from seven area libraries and museums demonstrate how to store and preserve photographs, textiles, books, documents, and cultural resources. Successfully complete the seven historical challenges they’ve devised and be registered to win an exciting prize package.
Andrew Talkov, head of program development and coordinator for Virginia's Civil War
The 2014 Civil War and Emancipation Day event will feature rarely shown items and and a gathering of local experts who will offer instructions on how to save your family treasures. Come join us for this exciting event at the Virginia Historical Society.