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The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is the State Historic Preservation Office.
Our mission is to foster, encourage, and support the stewardship of Virginia's significant historic architectural, archaeological, and cultural resources.

Historic Virginia

Historical Highway Marker “Dorothy Height (1912–2010)” To Be Dedicated in Richmond

US postage stamp honoring Dorothy I. Height

Dorothy I. Height, born in Richmond where she resided as a child, was a civil rights leader; she worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr., and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994

 The marker text is reproduced below

A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources will be dedicated this weekend that recalls the life of Dorothy I. Height, an advocate for women and a civil rights leader, born in Richmond, who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and was a chief organizer of the March on Washington in 1963, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In addition to the state historical marker, the ceremony will also dedicate a plaque sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., that recalls Height’s tenure and achievements as the 10th national president of the sorority between 1947 and 1956, in addition to her career milestones.

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DHR Workshop for Historic Preservation in Southwest Virginia

A DHR presentation at the Bristol Train Station.
A DHR presentation at the Bristol Train Station.

—DHR Staff will discuss programs and offer Q-and-A sessions focused on preserving sites and buildings in the region on April 30 in Abingdon

Residents, property owners, and citizens interested in preserving historic buildings, places, and archaeological sites in Southwest Virginia are encouraged to attend a free “Workshop for Historic Preservation in Southwest Virginia” scheduled for April 30 in the town of Abingdon when DHR staff will discuss various state and federal preservation programs.

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First Friday Appointments with Tax Credit Program Staff

A worker repairs a fan light at Fort Monroe.

On the first Friday of every month at DHR’s Richmond headquarters, tax credit staff can meet by appointment with applicants or their project representative from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Appointments are limited to 20 minutes so that staff may provide informal, non-binding guidance on specific historic rehabilitation treatment issues. These meetings are not intended to review an overall project. A formal, comprehensive review of a project occurs only after submission of the complete rehabilitation tax credit application to DHR.   Read full text »

Now Accepting CLG Grant Applications for Fiscal Year 2019-2020

Shows front view of school building.
Historic Aldie Elementary School was surveyed during a CLG-funded project in Loudoun Co.

DHR is accepting applications for Certified Local Government (CLG) grants until 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Applicants must submit two copies of each application—one printed original application (with original signatures) and one (1) electronic copy by email, flash drive, or CD. Receipt of the electronic copy by the deadline will suffice for eligibility, provided the hard copy with original signature arrives by the deadline of 4 p.m., May 18. Please direct all inquiries for information to Aubrey Von Lindern or by phone at 540-868-7029. CLG Grant Application and CLG Grant Manual.

New Policy for Visitors to DHR

All visitors to DHR’s Richmond headquarters are now required to provide a photo identity card (e.g. driver’s license, state employee badge, etc.) at the main desk, where all visitors must sign in. The new policy applies to all visitors including those attending First Fridays with Tax Credit Program staff, or using the DHR Archives or meeting with DHR staff. Thank you for your cooperation with this new policy. For more information, please see these Guidelines for Visitors to DHR.

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The Department of Historic Resources invites you to subscribe to our newsletter, which launches late next month. Bring DHR’s news and activities under one banner quarterly.

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Spotlight on DHR Collections: Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia

A Needle Case & Schreger Lines

A needle case or hussif. (Click this and other photos to enlarge.)
A needle case or hussif. (Click this and other photos to enlarge.)

One of the things that conservators are experts at is figuring out what an artifact is made from.

Recently an artifact arrived at the DHR Conservation Lab to be prepared for loan for an exhibition. The item, a needle case—also known as a hussif*consists of two parts. It has a base, similar in appearance to an inkwell, and a hollow tube that screws into the base. A lady could store her needles in the case and carry it around with her to do her sewing.

Dating to the early 1600s and recovered from a site called Causeys Care (44CC0178) in Charles City County, the needle case helps tell the story of women in early Virginia, and it is now on display at Jamestown Settlement Museum, along with other DHR artifacts, as a part of the exhibit Tenacity: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia.


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2019 DHR Historic Resource Commission — CLG Training Workshops

CLG Workshop in 2018
CLG Workshop in 2018


Registration is now open for this year’s Historic Resource Commission / CLG Training Workshops!  DHR has three training opportunities for Historic Resource Commission members in 2019. Read full text »

Two Audio Tours of Historical Highway Markers Available

Logo of DHR historical marker audio tourDHR has produced two audio tours of state historical markers, available on any device including laptops. One tour follows the I-95 corridor through Virginia, another stretches along Route 5 and the Capital (Hike and Bike) Trail between Richmond, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. The tours are the start of an ambitious project to record for online listening the texts of the more than 2,600 markers erected in Virginia between 1927 and 2018. Visit our audio tours homepage to download the app and to give the tours a spin.

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