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Come beat the heat at the VHS’s August Afternoons!


As much as I love living in Richmond, August can be a tough month to survive in the River City. Having already seen several 100-plus degree days even before August began, it seems like everyone is ready for relief from this hot, hazy weather.

Learn about the past and have fun at the same time during August Afternoons!

Although I can’t promise you a cold snap, I can guarantee that you’ll find a cool solution to your summer stickiness at the Virginia Historical Society. This month, the VHS is offering FREE activities during its second annual August Afternoons program, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Richmond. Every day from 2:30 to 4:30, we’ll throw open the doors of our education classroom to all visitors and provide a variety of crafts for children of all ages.

Create paper dolls and learn about two important Civil War women!

You can spend your time cutting and coloring paper dolls of Elizabeth Van Lew and Sally Tompkins, two of the most famous Civil War–era ladies from Richmond. You could make a model of the crate that carried Henry “Box” Brown to freedom and read a picture book about his story. You can even try on a real coonskin cap or think up captions for photographs from the 1900s.

Even older children can participate in the August Afternoons fun—in addition to craft activities in the Marcus and Carole M. Weinstein Classroom, scavenger hunts for the VHS’s award-winning Story of Virginia exhibition can be used by any visitor, age five to ninety-five.

Best of all, while little ones’ fingers are busy, their minds will be buzzing too. Children will have the chance to learn about several important themes in Virginia and American history through playful, fun activities.

I’m sure that, like me, you’re dreaming of fall and chilly weather. To keep cool while waiting for this long summer to end, drop by and see us at the VHS—August Afternoons fun is waiting for you!

Caroline Legros is the school program coordinator at the Virginia Historical Society.

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