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Members events

The Virginia Historical Society offers a wide variety of members-only lectures and programs that feature renowned historians and authors. The following special events are open only to members. Invitations are mailed to members before each event.

Members lecture series

The VHS offers three members-only lectures each year. Read more about the Stuart G. Christian Jr. Lecture, the Hazel and Fulton Chauncey Lecture, and the J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Lecture below.

Stuart G. Christian, Jr. Lecture

The Stuart G. Christian, Jr. Lecture was named in honor of a former president of the VHS and takes place every spring. Because "Punky" Christian was a decorated veteran of the Normandy Campaign, this lecture series is focused on topics from the era of World War II.

Hazel and Fulton Chauncey Lecture

Named in honor of their parents by Edwin H. Chauncey and Warren F. Chauncey, this lecture series focuses on topics in Virginia, Civil War, or southern history. The Chauncey Lecture takes place in the spring. Join us on Tuesday, May 10, for this year's event, featuring William C. Davis, who will deliver a lecture entitled “The Blood of Legends:  Crockett, Bowie, Travis, and the Alamo.”

J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Lecture

The J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Lecture is named in memory of Virginia banker J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr., and takes place every year in the fall. Join us on Wednesday, October 19, for this year's event, featuring Nathaniel Philbrick, who will deliver a lecture entitled “Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution.”

The bus trips are a great way to learn more about the fabulous history of Virginia (and sometimes even beyond). The trips always provide a nice lunch and the wonderful company of fellow VHS members. “See You on the Bus” is a fun and educational way to spend the day!
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See You On the Bus

Have you ever wanted to visit a historic location in Virginia but did not want to deal with the hassle of planning a trip or fighting traffic? Leave the planning and driving to us! View the list of bus trips for 2016.

The VHS offers our members monthly bus trips to historic sites and museums. Our day-long bus trips leave Richmond in the morning and travel to places such a Washington, D.C., Charlottesville, art museums, private homes, and many more exciting locations across the commonwealth. You will be led by VHS staff members and experienced tour guides, who will not only inform you about history but also make sure you have fun. Lunches and snacks are provided on each trip. View the 2016 "See You On the Bus" schedule.

Louisville has Derby Day. London has Royal Ascot. And Richmond has Garden Party Day.
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Garden Party

For more than sixty years, our annual Garden Party has been a highlight of the calendar year for VHS members. This annual event takes place at Virginia House from 4 to 6 p.m. on the last Saturday of April. Members and their guests are free to spend the afternoon enjoying the spring flowers, delicious refreshments, and lively conversation in the gardens. Join us on Saturday, April 30 for this year's Garden Party.

Members appreciation reception

As a way of thanking our loyal members, the VHS holds a yearly members appreciation reception. During this after-hours event, members have the museum to themselves and are free to explore the galleries or mingle with VHS staff and other members. 

Educational travel programs

Spend time exploring history with fellow VHS members. This spring, we will visit Asheville, North Carolina. The excursion includes your choice to tour either the Biltmore Estate and Gardens or Asheville’s River Arts District on Tuesday; Blue Briar Cottage; a special opening only for our group at Rose’s Garden Shop; and private dinners at Pack’s Tavern and the Omni Grove Park Inn. Learn more about "Asheville, North Carolina Land of the Sky: A Virginia Historical Society Travel Program for Members."

On occasion VHS members have the opportunity to travel abroad. Examples of former abroad trips include: Clash of Empires in the Caribbean; Eagle Ascending: From Normandy to the Borders of the Reich; and A Tale of Two Cities: London and Berlin at War, 1939-45.

Join or renew your membership today.

Matt Weber

Matt Weber, Senior Officer for Donor and Visitor Services

If you are not a member, or your membership has expired, and you would like to attend one of these events, please contact me at 804.342.9658 or mweber@vahistorical.org.

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