"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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The Virginia Historical Society hosts many social events that are intended to bring family and community together. 

History on Tap

The Compleat Cyder at Blue Bee Cider

The VHS has a large number of cookbooks, ledgers, and diaries that contain recipes for beer, mead, wine, cider, and other beverages.  The "History on Tap" program puts recipes to the test as we partner with local breweries and cideries to reproduce the past.  Past "History on Tap" collaborations include:  Jane's Percimon Beer produced by Ardent Craft Ales, The Compleat Cyder produced by Blue Bee Cider, and Queen Bee produced by Black Heath Meadery.

Created Equal Film Series in honor of Grady W. Powell

Created Equal Film SeriesThe Virginia Historical Society is pleased to present the Created Equal Film Series in honor of Grady W. Powell. Created Equal is a film and discussion series that focuses on themes related to civil rights, human rights, and social justice in American history. During the annual series, the VHS screens several films that encourage audiences to explore these issues and their significance in contemporary American society. Created Equal is hosted by the VHS in partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center, and supported in part by Diversity Richmond’s VHS Guy Kinman Research Award. The 2018 Created Equal Film Series is presented by Bon Secours. 

Teas at Virginia House

  • Gingerbread Tea at Virginia House - Celebrate the holidays and create a new family tradition! Cider and cookies will be served as you design and build your own gingerbread house using gingerbread pieces, snow-like frosting, gumdrops, candy canes, and other colorful treats. Afterward, take a guided tour of the festively decorated home while staff discuss the Weddells’ own holiday traditions.
  • Holiday Tea at Virginia House - Spend an afternoon enjoying tea, conversation, and holiday decorations at Virginia House. Learn how Alexander and Virginia Weddell celebrated the holidays during their residency in Richmond in the 1930s and '40s. Your visit will include afternoon tea and a guided tour of the festively decorated rooms at Virginia House.

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