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Past News and Annoucements

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Turner Ashby Monument, Harrisonburg
Report of Governor McAuliffe’s Monuments Work Group (2016):Recommendations for Community Engagement Regarding Confederate Monuments": Governor McAuliffe is committed to preserving both Virginia’s historic resources and the local autonomy necessary for the legitimate discussions currently occurring throughout the Commonwealth. Recognizing her experience as a former Mayor and her leadership in Virginia’s historic preservation efforts, the governor directed Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward to convene a diverse work group to consider the issues that arose in the debate last spring over HB 587, a General Assembly bill that would have overridden the authority of city governments to remove or alter war memorials erected before 1998. The group was asked to pull together resources and best practices to help willing localities foster a constructive dialogue about their monuments. This report is the product of that effort.
DHR Has Closed the Petersburg Office: The agency has relocated former “Administration Office” in Petersburg. The office—now a Fiscal Division—is now based at our Richmond headquarters. Please do not send mail or faxes to the Petersburg office. Any mail or other correspondence (email or phone) intended for our Fiscal Division should be routed to Stephanie Williams, DHR Deputy Director, (804) 482-6082, 2801 Kensington Ave., Richmond, VA 23221.
Powhatan in his longhouse at Werowocomoco.
 Panelists discussed Werowocomoco during a Virginia Historical Society Banner Lecture in February 2016. The discussion focuses on the archaeology, prehistory and history of Werowocomco and the site's significance to Virginia Indians today. Werowocomoco, an American Indian village, is where chief Powhatan, his daughter Pocahontas, and Capt. John Smith first crossed paths when Smith was brought there as a prisoner. The village emerged at least 400 years before the English settled at Jamestown. To learn more about this internationally significant site, watch this video of the Banner Lecture presentation, avialble on the VHRS website. The February event was co-sponsored by DHR with VHS.

Now Available: Classic Commonwealth: Virginia Architecture from the Colonial Era to 1940: DHR is pleased to present this new online publication designed to aid professionals, students, and readers of all walks in identifying and documenting the numerous types and styles of historic buildings in the Commonwealth. The guide opens with an overview of Virginia’s architectural heritage within the context of larger historic trends, from its colonial-era settlement through to the economic, technological and cultural innovations of the early 20th century.
   The majority of the publication consists of "Style and Form" information sheets offering basic information about and character-defining features of the many historic architectural styles that have shaped Virginia’s public and private spaces across more than three centuries. Because architecture is a visual medium, Classic Commonwealth relies heavily on photographs which exemplify or illustrate relevant styles. We hope that the Classic Commonwealth style guide will enrich your understanding and appreciation of Virginia’s historic architecture. Additionally, this guide complements the New Dominion Virginia Style Guide, which DHR issued in 2014 and covers the 1940s through the late 20th century.

Updated: How to Research Your Historic Property: Owners of old Virginia houses, commercial buildings, mills, and farmsteads, as well as historians of churches, schools, and businesses often want to learn more about the history of their property but are not sure how to go about it. DHR recently updated our publication on how to conduct research on a historic property and it is available for downloading as a PDF. The publication introduces you to some of the useful sources available for learning about the history of a Virginia property.

Bank building after renovation.
(Photo: Kevin Blackburn)
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Programs Benefit Virginia's Economy: The rehabilitation, re-use and preservation of Virginia’s historic residential and commercial buildings is good for the commonwealth’s economy according to a study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The benefits of bringing old buildings back to life ripples across the economy and through local communities, adding upwards of an estimated $3.9 billion to the state’s economic health. Those rehabilitation expenses and their domino effect have also created more than 31,000 full and part-time jobs during a 17-year period and generated an estimated $133 million in state and local tax revenues. Read the 51-page report or see this Preservation Virginia press release highlighting the study's findings.

Archive of Press Releases:

2017: 2016: 2015: 2014: 2013: Updated: 2.15.2017