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The Story of Virginia: Highlights from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture [Hardcover]

by Jamie O. Bosket and William M. S. Rasmussen

The story of Virginia is central to the American experience. Much of the early history of the U.S. was shaped by Virginians and the ideas most cherished by Americans were often inspired and contested in this state, with lasting consequences.

This books tells a fascinating story, sharing more than four hundred evocative objects from the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. There are moving contrasts — from the bell of St. John's Church where the patriot Patrick Henry proclaimed “give me liberty or give me death” to wrist shackles worn by people held in bondage, from decorative buttons that the Native American woman Pocahontas wore when presented to the English royals, to the buttons proudly worn by strong Virginia women campaigning for voting rights, and from a guide to farming annotated in George Washington's own hand to beer taps representing one of today's burgeoning agricultural industries.

Rare letters, remarkable documents, fine paintings, furniture, silver, maps, prints, guns, uniforms, period photographs, everyday and unexpected objects are arranged chronologically with brief explanations to provide their contexts.

This beautifully illustrated narrative of Virginia is a great resource for anyone interested in American history.

Hardcover, ISBN 970-1-911282-27-3, Virginia Museum of History & Culture, 2018.

The Official Virginia History Ornament of 2019

Among the assortment of Virginia's historical symbols featured on this year’s magnolia wreath are:


  • a tennis racket to remember the legacy of Arthur Ashe
  • a fiddle and bow highlighting the rich musical tradition of Southwest Virginia’s Crooked Road
  • the Capitol at Colonial Williamsburg
  • an icon of Roanoke - the Norfolk and Western J611 train
  • a foxhunter and American foxhound from Middleburg, Virginia
  • the iconic Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia


From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays and a joyous new year!

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