Valentine History Center offers historic images online

The Valentine Richmond History Center announced this week that it now offers more than 500 items from its Cased Image Collection online. The center's online collections database is free and accessible to the public at http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com/agree.asp. It contains approximately 15 percent of the institution's total collection. Additional records are added on a routine basis.
 
Cased images are early types of photography that include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. Images are taken on glass or metal and generally enclosed in decorative cases. Their most distinctive feature is having no intervening negative, which makes each image unique.

Daguerreotypes (c.1839-1860) are positive images produced on silver-plated copper sheets, creating a hologram-like appearance. Ambrotypes (c.1851-1865) are negative images produced on glass. Black backing makes the image appear positive. Tintypes, also called ferrotypes, melainotypes or melanographs (c.1856-1940), are positive images produced on sheets of iron.
 
The Cased Image Collection includes portraits of individuals and photographs of landscapes, including the earliest known photographic views of Richmond (c. 1855) and Lynchburg (1848-1852). Because many of the images are small in actual size and extremely delicate, center officials believe they may be even easier to view online than in person.

Members of the public who wish to view parts of the collection in person may make a research appointment by visiting the History Center’s website at http://www.richmondhistorycenter.com.
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McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa


Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia.

The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs). > Read more.

Reynolds CC dedicates student center


Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’


Capital One hosted its “Coders Experience” event in Richmond and a number of other state locations Oct. 14. The events attracted hundreds of middle school girls, who learned how to create their own mobile apps, hone problem-solving skills and gain software development knowledge. A second day of Coders Experience events will take place Oct. 21. More than 500 Capital One volunteers are participating in the 10 events. > Read more.

Hermitage band member named All-American


The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017


This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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