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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture wins 2021 National Award of Excellence

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 76th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced today that the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) has been selected as a 2021 National Award of Excellence recipient for their year-long leadership of Virginia’s Women’s Suffrage Centennial. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 76th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

Throughout 2020, the VMHC coordinated several popular programs as part of their statewide effort to mark the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Highlights of their work honored by the AASLH included the exhibition titled Agents of Change: Female Activism in Virginia from Women’s Suffrage to Today, which was mounted at the museum and included a travelling version which was seen throughout the state. The exhibition surveyed 100 years of women’s civic activism and featured a diverse selection of Virginia women who challenged concepts of femininity, advanced women’s equality and reshaped the nature of American democracy. This exhibition also included Today’s Agents of Change, a special re-creation of a historic photograph of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia in Richmond’s Capitol Square in 1915. The VMHC brought together a diverse group of female changemakers from across the state to recreate this image and highlight the diversity of women’s activism in Virginia today.

Also accompanying the exhibition, the documentary film These Things Can Be Done: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia, which was produced in partnership with VPM (Virginia Public Media) and used rare archival footage, the words and images of key figures, and commentary from historians and contemporary activists to tell the story of the suffrage movement in Virginia. The film provided historical context for the recent upsurge of female activism seen in the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter, Women’s Marches, and a wave of female officeholders.

The VMHC Education Team was also instrumental in ensuring that students and educators throughout Virginia had access to commemoration content through extensive virtual programming. Custom programs commemorating the Suffrage Centennial such as “Sign of the Times: Activism in the Suffrage Movement,” proved very popular.

This year, AASLH is proud to confer thirty-eight national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, and publications. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history.

The AASLH awards program was initiated in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout the United States. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards not only honor significant achievement in the field of state and local history, but also bring public recognition of the opportunities for small and large organizations, institutions, and programs to make contributions in this arena. For more information about the Leadership in History Awards, contact AASLH at 615-230-3203 or go to www.aaslh.org.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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St. Benedict Oktoberfest is Festing this Weekend, Richmond Oktoberfest at Richmond Raceway Cancelled

Expect it to be a bit more crowded and tipsy around Belmont and Hanover starting on Friday.

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The beer will flow this weekend.

The 16th Annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest will again be three days! So, get your dirndls and lederhosen ready and mark your calendars for September 17, 18 and 19th!
This annual parish-sponsored event was initiated in 2005 and has grown into a much-anticipated Richmond festival every September. The enthusiasm shown by our parish and parish school, in addition to our brother-sister Catholic secondary schools (Benedictine College Prepatory and Saint Gertrude High School), and Richmond community has fueled the success of this event. Chosen due to the strong German roots of our parish, this German-themed celebration allows attendees the opportunity to enjoy German music, dancing, food, and their beverage of choice. All proceeds from Oktoberfest are used to support Catholic education at the Catholic Schools historically associated with Saint Benedict Parish.
Check out our website for more information, including music schedule, events and more!
http://stbenedictoktoberfest.com/
Unlike the Richmond Folk Fest which has a lengthy page of precautions and restrictions, St. Benedict is making no mention on Facebook or their website of Covid-19 or precautions they will be taking.
The folks at Richmond Oktoberfest which is held indoors at the Richmond Raceway made the following statement in August. The fest was scheduled for the last weekend of September and they hope to be back next year.

To be on the safe side and protect our guests, we searched the Virginia State Health Department web site to see what restrictions are in place because of the Corona virus this year. We found many. As a result, we spent a lot of time discussing all these restrictions and what effect they would have on our Oktoberfest. We may have been able to overcome many of these hurdles, but not all of them. The main stumbling block would have been social distancing of six feet. The result would have meant no dancing by the attendees, as well as no performances by the Hirschjaeger Dancers. We would also have long lines at every stand. On top of that we would have had to recruit more helpers to enforce all these restrictions.

The result would have been a Fest experience that would not live up to the high expectations that our devoted visitors are accustomed to and that we are used to delivering to our guests.

After considering all these things we decided that we had no choice but to cancel this year’s Oktoberfest.  A decision that was not easy for us.

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City Stadium and Kickers Hosting Happy Hour

The weather looks to be perfect for hanging out with beers and taco.

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RPS Starts Tomorrow but Don’t Enter the Building Without an Appointment

The reason for the rule change is for contact-tracing and hopefully allowing in-person schooling to continue.

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Posted to the RPS Twitter:

Please note that parents and families will not be able to enter RPS offices or school buildings without an appointment. This is important for contact-tracing & keeping our students & staff safe. Thank you for your grace & understanding.

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