My wife and I are small-time history buffs, and our VHS membership, with its lectures, magazines, and exhibits, keep history an active part of our lives.
Dr. Randy Fitzgerald
We promise we will be a better organization because of your membership contribution and participation. Your support benefits current and future generations who will be inspired by the amazing story of Virginia. The VHS offers a variety of membership levels to meet your needs. Join or renew your membership today.
Benefits of membership
VHS members-only events and programs
One of the most anticipated VHS members-only events is the annual Garden Party at Virginia House. Only members and their guests may enjoy this afternoon of jovial camaraderie, excellent food, and refreshing mint juleps in beautiful gardens during one of the loveliest seasons in Virginia.
VHS members may join us for our “See You on the Bus” program. These special day-long excursions take VHS members to other historical sites across the state. These bus trips usually feature behind-the-scenes tours not usually open to the public or special tours of privately owned historic homes and collections.
Exciting plans at the VHS
Plans are underway to expand and improve our exhibitions so that we can offer you a better experience.
VHS members enjoy permanent and changing exhibitions on a variety of interesting topics every year. Currently our galleries are CLOSED for major renovation but will reopen in mid-2015 with a completely new long-term exhibition on the state's history and an exciting menu of temporary changing exhibitions. This will allow us to expand and improve our galleries, so that we can offer you a better experience.
VHS members also receive free admision to our library. The society’s world-class research library draws scholars and genealogists from across the globe to mine its collections. The VHS collection consist of a wide range of objects including books and bound serials, Confederate imprints, sheet music, broadsides, newspapers, family and personal papers, business and organizational records, genealogical materials, maps, paintings, prints, postcards, weapons, militaria, glass plate negatives, and 19th-21st century photographs
Lectures and programs
We are new Virginians and members of VHS. Love the lectures & the noon schedule. Thank you!
The VHS offers its members a wide variety of lectures and programs throughout the year including three members-only evening lectures featuring renowned historians and authors.
VHS members also enjoy free admission to all Banner Lectures.
Subscription to VHS publications
VHS members receive the quarterly Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, a lively journal that gives insight into the most recent scholarship on Virginia and American history. The society’s semiannual newsletter, History Notes, provides information on all VHS activities, from upcoming events to the most recent additions to the collections. Other publications available to members include exhibition catalogs and edited historical documents, all offered at a discount. Join the VHS and gain access to JSTOR.
Virginia House is an historic home and museum owned and operated by the VHS. Virginia House is located in Richmond, Virginia, and is a short drive from the Virginia Historical Society.
Take advantage of your member discount in our handsomely appointed museum shop. Browse through a wide variety of unique item for all ages that reflect Virginia’s rich history and cultural heritage. Membership discounts also apply to online purchases from our virtual store at www.shop-vahistorical.org.
Expedite renewing your membership with VHS Express. Your express membership card will arrive within 10 business days. Your complete membership package will be mailed after regular processing.
Would you like to purchase a gift membership?
Who are the history enthusiasts in your life? A gift membership is the perfect gift for a friend, relative, client, or your favorite teacher or colleague. Your recipient will receive twelve months of publication, lectures, exhibition opening and other lively events and programs. It is a unique gift that lasts the entire year.
Do you have questions about membership and giving? Do you need help choosing a membership level? Prefer to join or renew your membership over the phone? Contact me at 804.342.9657 or email@example.com.