FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2011
Contact: Jennifer M. Guild, Senior Officer for Public Relations and Marketing
Tel: (804) 342-9665 | Email:
Virginia Historical Society Open Mondays Beginning February 2011
Richmond, VA—Last year the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) made the history museum and research library
more accessible to visitors by offering free admission. This year the VHS is further expanding accessibility by opening
Beginning Monday, February 7, 2011, the Virginia Historical Society will be open seven days a week. The
museum and shop operating hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free admission
will continue throughout the year.
"Reopening on Mondays will allow visitors the maximum amount of time possible to see An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia, a 3,000-square-foot show featuring more than 200 objects and 17 state-of-the-art
audiovisual programs," said VHS President and CEO Paul Levengood.
An American Turning Point uses the experiences of Virginia's men, women, and children to promote an
understanding of those who struggled to survive the American Civil War.
"Their stories are revealed in the fabric of every uniform, the blade of every sword, the handle of every tool,
the imagery of every drawing, the words of every letter, and the notes of every song," said Levengood.
The exhibition encourages visitors to consider how a single event, separated from us by 150 years, can
influence and address the questions of today: what was gained, what was lost, what was undecided, and what is left for
us to resolve? It is on display at the VHS from February 4 through December 30.
In addition to An American Turning Point, there are eight other exhibitions on display at the VHS in 2011.
For more than 178 years, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) has been the steward of our state—and often
national—history. Headquartered at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond, the VHS features award-winning exhibitions that
are entertaining and educational for visitors of all ages. Although designated the Official State Historical Society, the VHS
is a privately funded non-profit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations
to sustain its operations. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Admission is free. For group
tour information, call (804) 342-9652. For more information, call (804) 358-4901 or visit www.vahistorical.org.