Virginia Historical Society World War II Open House

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World War II Era Is Focus of Free Virginia Historical Society Open House on July 17

VHSAirGroundOpThe Virginia Historical Society invites the community to attend an event filled with music, games, crafts, historical demonstrations, and much more. The theme is the World War II era to correspond with the current exhibition Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press.  Admission and all activities are free.

Event and exhibits include:

• Special appearance by Nutzy, the Flying Squirrels baseball team mascot

• World War II military vehicle displays by Air Ground Operations Group

• Dance demonstrations by Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio

• Music by the Swizzle Stix

• Behind-the-scenes tours of the VHS

• Children’s crafts and activities

• Interactive Virginia history trivia contests

• Food tastings of Virginia-made products

• Register-to-win prizes

• Boka Truck will be selling food and drink mid-day and ice cream will be available for purchase in the afternoon

Memories of World War II

Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press features 126 black-and-white photographs from the archives of the Associated Press.  The images displayed represent all theaters of World War II and the home front and highlight scores of dramatic pictures not seen in decades.

The Boulevard and How It Grew From Soldiers’ Home to the Home of World Class Museums

Gives visitors a brief look at the 115-year-history of the Museum Block, telling how the thirty-four acres of farmland that was purchased in 1884 developed into buildings that house extensive collections and impressive exhibitions related to world art and Virginia history.

Bizarre Bits: Oddities from the Collection

Features the peculiar, perplexing, and grotesque objects that have crept into the Virginia Historical Society’s collections since its founding in 1831.  Items range from the bullet that killed the first Confederate officer, fungus carved with the likeness of R. E. Lee on Traveller, silhouettes cut by an armless woman with her mouth, pieces of James Madison’s hair, and a smallpox scab taken from an infant in 1876.


Virginia Historical Society Free Family Day Open House

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard , Richmond 23220, corner of Kensington Avenue and North Boulevard


Admission to the VHS is FREE! Plan your visit today.


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