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[…]

Celebrate 200 Years of Monumental Church in Richmond!

Historic Richmond Foundation is hosting a party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Monumental Church, the memorial to the Theater fire victims. According to Richmond Magazine: the “Oct. 2 event hosted by the Historic Richmond Foundation (HRF) is entreating ticket holders to “party like it’s 1814” — the year that Monument Episcopal Church first opened for Read more about Celebrate 200 Years of Monumental Church in Richmond![…]

RTF in Richmond Magazine & Monumental Church Sports a New Terrace

Happy 200th Anniversary, Monumental Church! In honor of the site’s importance as the resting place for the victims of the Richmond Theater Fire and the church’s historic and architectural value, Richmond philanthropists funded what is now the Dr. Waverly M. Cole and Dr. John R. Cook Memorial Terrace. In the Richmond Magazine, talented author and Read more about RTF in Richmond Magazine & Monumental Church Sports a New Terrace[…]

“Interpretive Challenges” blog visits Monumental Church

Emmanuel Dabney works at the Petersburg National Battlefield and blogs about historical topics and historical preservation at Interpretive Challenges. I haven’t yet posted to his coverage of Monumental Church, but it’s worth a read.  Dabney was in attendance during my talk at the Library of Virginia (thanks for coming!), and toured the church afterwards. He Read more about “Interpretive Challenges” blog visits Monumental Church[…]

“The Burning” documentary just released! A new film about the Richmond Theater fire

Videographer and Richmond native Darryl Johnson has crafted a compelling documentary on the story of the Richmond Theater fire and its aftermath. Blending interviews with historians, authentic early nineteenth century images, and his own impressive footage, he weaves together a story of tragedy and redemption that shaped Virginia. This is a superb short film and Read more about “The Burning” documentary just released! A new film about the Richmond Theater fire[…]

Quoit Club at Monumental Aug. 16th

Great Event Alert! The Historic Richmond Foundation is hosting a Quoit Club event at Monumental Church this Thursday, August 16th at 6pm. Haven’t heard of the Quoit Club? In their words: “Named for Richmond’s most popular 19th century social club, the Quoit Club is Richmond’s premiere organization for people who enjoy experiencing history and architecture with Read more about Quoit Club at Monumental Aug. 16th[…]

Monumental Church Cornerstone: 200 year anniversary

August 1, 2012 is the 200-year anniversary of the day when the cornerstone for Monumental Church—the memorial for the victims—was laid. This was likely done by Boston builder Isaac Sturdevant, who was contracted to build the church structure that Robert Mills (later of Washington Monument fame) designed.  As best I can determine, the wreckage of the Read more about Monumental Church Cornerstone: 200 year anniversary[…]

HRF Winter Lecture and a Dedicated Monumental Fan!

  On Feb. 23rd, I had the privilege of giving the second winter lecture in the Historic Richmond Foundation’s 2012 series. It started with a dinner at St. Catherine’s School, where I enjoyed talking with a number of attendees. What a surprise to meet the creator of a website about Rev. Dr. Richard Channing Moore (his Read more about HRF Winter Lecture and a Dedicated Monumental Fan![…]