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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Richmond Fire Needlework

I discovered on a needleworking blog today that at one time (1987ish), the Valentine Richmond History Center sold a kit (from an outfit called the Scarlet Letter, which  issues patterns for reproduction samplers–fabulous for anyone interested in historical textiles or material culture!) that was a replica of a needlework sampler in their holdings. The sampler features the Read more about Richmond Fire Needlework[…]

The Journal of Southern Religion Reviews “The Richmond Theater Fire”

The current issue (Volume 14) of the Journal of Southern Religion is out, and they have a very positive review of The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster, calling it “engaging and informative…bringing attention to an oft-overlooked historic event that served as “a major spiritual turning point for Richmond.””  On writing style they Read more about The Journal of Southern Religion Reviews “The Richmond Theater Fire”[…]

Thanks for Reading! Over 500 copies sold…

My deepest gratitude goes out to everyone who has purchased a copy of The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster! Sales have surpassed the 500 copy mark, which is quite good, I understand, for a book published by a university press. If you haven’t yet read The Richmond Theater Fire, which is up for Read more about Thanks for Reading! Over 500 copies sold…[…]

“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[…]

Drumroll…..the Virginia Magazine Review is in!

Usually if an author gets tears in her eyes reading a review of her book, that’s a sign that things aren’t going well. Usually. So today an intern at LSU Press forwarded me a PDF excerpt from the August 2012 Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in which they reviewed my book. I just sat at the table Read more about Drumroll…..the Virginia Magazine Review is in![…]

New Victim Information Posted: Alcock, Anderson, Bausman, Bosher

In the page on the people who died in the Richmond Theater fire in 1811, I have added new information about the following victims: a young boy by the surname of Alcock, Margaret Anderson, Adeline Bausman, and Polly Bosher. It is important in any disaster to humanize the victims by remembering that these were real Read more about New Victim Information Posted: Alcock, Anderson, Bausman, Bosher[…]