Upcoming Regency Society Talk in Washington, D.C.

The Regency Society of Virginia is hosting my lecture on the Richmond Theater Fire next month on Capitol Hill. The RSV is an organization that keeps the history of the Early Republic alive in many interesting ways. (Check out the RSV Facebook page for more information and photos from their events!) The event is free. More information to Read more about Upcoming Regency Society Talk in Washington, D.C.[…]

RTF Book in Latest Issue of Marquee Magazine!

The Theatre Historical Society of America‘s quarterly journal, Marquee, focuses its latest issue on Richmond Theaters. Of course you can’t write about Richmond Theater without mentioning the 1811 Theater fire, and they give it its due in a very nice article. The author features a quote from me and very graciously directed her readers to my book Read more about RTF Book in Latest Issue of Marquee Magazine![…]

A 9-day Governor, Famous Painter Thomas Sully, and the Richmond Theater: Art & History Intersect!

Artist Thomas Sully was one of the most sought-after portrait painters in America in the early 19th century. (His painting of Andrew Jackson is on that $20 in your wallet.) What connection did this famous artist, based in Philadelphia, have with Richmond and the 1811 Theater Fire? As it turns out, an interesting connection indeed! Read more about A 9-day Governor, Famous Painter Thomas Sully, and the Richmond Theater: Art & History Intersect![…]

Wilton House Symposium Photos

The Wilton House in Richmond, VA: a historic residence of the Randolph family and a Colonial treasure in the West End! On February 6, 2015 it hosted the Thomas Sully and Early Republic Richmond Symposium, which I will allow them to introduce: “One of America’s greatest portrait painters, Thomas Sully (1783 – 1871) spent formative years Read more about Wilton House Symposium Photos[…]

Historic Night Revisited: Henley Street Theater Performance at Monumental Church

Imagine yourself in a box seat hearing the lines from “Our American Cousin” performed at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. Are you sitting forward, listening with gravity (and nagging fear), knowing that these lines were some of the last words that Abraham Lincoln would ever hear? That thrill is the kind of feeling over 200 Read more about Historic Night Revisited: Henley Street Theater Performance at Monumental Church[…]

January 20th, 2015: Richmond Shakespeare/Henley St Theatre to Perform Plays from 12/26/1811

Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare will be performing readings from the set of plays that were heard the night that the Richmond Theater burned in 1811 on Tuesday evening, January 20th at 7pm. That historic night in 1811 was a turning point in Virginia history and the greatest urban tragedy of that time. Now Read more about January 20th, 2015: Richmond Shakespeare/Henley St Theatre to Perform Plays from 12/26/1811[…]

Fire Victim Benjamin Botts: a Virginian of Distinction

I have just updated the list of victims with more information about the fascinating Botts family. Benjamin Botts, who perished in the fire with his wife Jane, was a prominent member of the Richmond bar and served as the defense for Aaron Burr in his 1807 treason trial, which was held in Richmond before Chief Read more about Fire Victim Benjamin Botts: a Virginian of Distinction[…]