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In July, Elizabeth Watkins-Morris of Halloway House of Petersburg, historian and clothier,  unraveled the mystery of those Antebellum hoop skirts and other clothing mysteries of the Civil War.




Susan Winiecki, Associate Publisher and Editorial Director for Richmond Magazine, RHome, and RBride joined us for our September program.  Susan’s topic was Richmond on a Plate: An entertaining, easy to digest culinary history of Richmond through its makers, its markets and menus.



Brian Burns talked to us in October about the aftermath of the Civil War as our city entered the Gilded Age. Richmond was seeking bright prospects as well as dealing with its own past. The city confronted issues such as white supremacists, segregation, wondrous new inventions like the first electric streetcar, and the Monument Campaign, which proved a great comedy of errors.


We were very excited to have Thomas A. Silvestri, President and Publisher, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Vice President, Richmond Group, BH Media Group as our featured speaker In November!

In 2017, Tom celebrated 40 years in newspapers, including 35 at the Richmond Times-Dispatch or its parent companies. In 2005, Tom became president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which was in the midst of transforming from a regional newspaper into a full-fledged multimedia source of high quality news, advertising and commentary delivered where and when the customer wants it.