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[…]

The Richmond History Podcast features Monumental Church

“History Replays Today” features Monumental Church during their April series, and you can listen to it here! (for free!) It is also available via itunes. Richmond.com made this podcast a special feature on their site Let’s let them introduce it: “On this episode, Leslie J. Naranjo, Director of Preservation Services for Historic Richmond talks about Monumental Church.  Monumental Read more about The Richmond History Podcast features Monumental Church[…]

Richmond’s WTVR (CBS) Features Monumental Church Restoration

WTVR (Richmond’s CBS channel) focuses in on some of the fantastic renovation work going on at Monumental Church this year, just in time for its 200 year anniversary. Click here for the 2 minute clip on one of the the least-known but most renowned monuments in Virginia’s capital city. The goal is to bring the church Read more about Richmond’s WTVR (CBS) Features Monumental Church Restoration[…]

“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[…]

Court End Christmas–this Sunday, Dec 9th!

Court End Christmas in downtown Richmond is coming soon! December 9th, from 12-5pm. It’s a wonderful opportunity to visit important historic sites…all free, and many featuring special events like choral performances (last year the St. Paul’s choir sang at Monumental, see above), children’s activities, carriage rides, special tours, and other festive events. For more information Read more about Court End Christmas–this Sunday, Dec 9th![…]

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[…]

Video: Meredith interviewed by the Junot Files

Jim Junot, a Richmond journalist, recently started a youtube channel focusing on local history. He interviewed me about the Richmond Theater fire book while I was in town to give a talk at the Library of Virginia.  You can watch the interview here–and learn about the details and impact of the Richmond Theater fire of Read more about Video: Meredith interviewed by the Junot Files[…]