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.
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. Previous speakers have included Elizabeth and Michael Norman, Robert Edsel, Mitchell Zuckoff, Rick Atkinson, and Craig L. Symonds.
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. Past speakers have included John Y. Quarstein, Jeffry D. Wert, and Dean King.
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. Past lecturers have included David McCullough, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, H. W. Brands, Scott Berg, Juan Williams, and Erik Larson. Learn more about the 2015 J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Lecture.
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!
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 2015.
During the spring and fall, 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 2015 "See You On the Bus" schedule.
Louisville has Derby Day. London has Royal Ascot. And Richmond has Garden Party Day.
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.
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. Last spring, we visited Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to explore the region’s fascinating history. Our excursion included tours of Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), and a private dinner at the Graylyn International Conference Center. On occasion VHS members have the opportunity to travel abroad. Examples of former abroad trips include: Class 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.