July 15, 2005 – September 15, 2005
10 Karat gold medal presented by the United Order of Tents, a benevolent association founded in 1867 by two formerly enslaved women from Norfolk and Hampton in 1867, and incorporated in 1883, presented to "Alesea Hinton/ Lillies of Maria/as Testimonial of Regard/for her efficiency as a Nat'l/Grand Officer of the Order/TENT NO. 436/DUMFRIES, VA." Gift of James McHone, Harrisonburg
Albumen photographic print of the Randolph Macon College baseball team c. 1880; glossy photographic print of the American Tobacco Company's "Lucky Strike" women's softball team c. 1930; autographed photograph of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson striking the pose captured in his statue in Richmond's Jackson Ward; mounted photographic print of an African American work crew on the Southern Railroad c. 1910. Purchase. Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Ca. 1920s Ku Klux Klan hood, robe with insignia, and carrying bag, each numbered, found in a house in the Piedmont region. Anonymous gift.
Victorian settee en suite with two chairs from "Bullfield," racing plantation near Hanover Junction (renamed Doswell in 1899); four photographs of interiors at "Bullfield;" oil on fabric portrait of James Turner Doswell (1818–1874), older brother of Thomas Walker Doswell (b. 1823) for whom the community was named; oil on fabric portrait of James Turner Doswell's wife. Gift of Mary Oakes Smith, Washington, D.C.
Virginia Military Institute white cotton paletot, worn only by First Class, with brass buttons and cavalry pin insignia, worn in the film Brother Rat by Ronald Reagan, whose name is written on the collar label under "Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc./Hollywood, Cal." and "7/16/1938." Purchase. Paul Mellon Fund and funds provided by Elmon T. Gray and Charles S. Luck III.
Ceramic plate c. 1893 with scene on one side "Libby Prison in Wartime" [Richmond] and on the other side "Libby Prison Museum–Chicago." Purchase. William A. Hagey Fund.
"A Meet in Virginia," oil painting of a colonial fox hunt at Westover, by Thure de Thulstrup, oil on canvas, c. 1886. Purchase. Paul Mellon Fund, Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund, William A. Hagey Fund, Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
"This Virginia of Mine," lithograph signed in pencil lower right by artist Carson Davenport. Gift of David Allen, Arlington.
Earthenware pitcher attributed to Peter Bell, Winchester, 1825–50; earthenware pitcher signed "BAECHER/WINCHESTER, VA," 1875–1900; molded earthenware pitcher featuring a hunt scene on each side, attributed to S. Bell & Son, Strasburg, 1875–1900; earthenware spittoon attributed to S. Bell or J. Eberly, Strasburg, 1875–1900; earthenware candle holder attributed to S. Bell or J. Eberly, Strasburg, 1875–1900; earthenware cupped bowl attributed to S. Bell or J. Eberly, Strasburg, 1875–1900; one gallon stoneware cake crock with two pulled handles, signed "KEISTER & SONNER/STRASBURG, VA," c. 1866–69; half-gallon salt glazed stoneware jar signed AGEO. W. MILLER/STRASBURG, VA,@ 1875B1900; one gallon salt-glazed stoneware jar with cobalt decoration, signed "W. H. LEHEW & CO./STRASBURG, VA," 1850–75; one gallon salt-glazed earthenware jar with cobalt decoration, signed "J. M. HICKERSON/ STRASBURG, VA," 1875–1900; unsigned Virginia salt-glazed stoneware semi-ovoid jar with cobalt "1843" twice and a cloud-like decoration around shoulder. Gift of Dr. Jean F. Wine, Harrisonburg
Posthumous charcoal portrait of Samuel G. Henkel of the Henkel Press in Newmarket c. 1815–1850s, by his granddaughter, signed "Ellen Henkel, 1884." Purchase.