|Valentine Museum, Valentine Richmond History Center|
Entrance stairwell, postcard c.1910
|Type||History Museum & National Historic Landmark|
|Director||William J. Martin, Director|
|President||John C. Stanchina, Chairman|
The Valentine is a museum in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to the history of the city. Founded by Mann S. Valentine II 1898, it was the first museum in Richmond. The Valentine offers exhibitions that focus on "American urban and social history, costumes and textiles, decorative arts and architecture." The Valentine also includes the 1812 neoclassical Wickham House, a National Historical Landmark. In 2014, the Valentine completed a $4.1 million renovation of its public exhibition galleries, lobby, museum store and education center.
The funds for the museum were provided by Mann S. Valentine II, who made his fortune with Valentine's Meat Juice, a health tonic made from beef juice invented as early as 1870. In 1874, Mann Valentine published "A Brief History of the Production of Valentine's Meat Juice Together With Testimonials of the Medical Profession." This document included recommendations from Medical College of Virginia professors and doctors (e.g., J.B. McCaw and Hunter McGuire), University of Maryland medical professor Richard McSherry, Columbia University gynecology professor Theodore Gaillard Thomas, New York Board of Health resident surgeon Walter Reed, D.W. Yandell, president of the American Medical Association, various members of the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane, a report by the American Pharmaceutical Association, and a report by pharmaceuticals inventor E. R. Squibb regarding the use of Meat Juice in various settings in the U.S. Army. According to Style Weekly, the beef juice's "health claims were at best dubious." Mann and his sons earned their fortune from the Valentine Meat Juice Company.
During the late 19th century, the Valentines began to collect in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, fine arts and decorative arts. Mann laid the foundation for the museum in 1892; when he died in 1893, he provided the original bequest for the Valentine Museum, leaving his collection of art and artifacts, the 1812 John Wickham House and a $50,000 endowment. Their collection of art and artifacts was the foundation of the exhibitions, when the Valentine Museum opened in 1898. Part of the original intent of the founding of the museum was to display these archeological artifacts in perpetuity, after the family was embarrassed by an archeological hoax in North Carolina. When it opened, the Valentine Museum was the first private museum in the City of Richmond
Mann S. Valentine II's brother Edward Virginius Valentine also had an interest in history and was a well-known sculptor. One of the main early attractions of the Valentine Museum was its cast collection--casts of famous ancient sculptures from around the world. In 1898, Granville Valentine published a list of hundreds of casts owned by the museum. Edward Valentine served as the museum's first president from the opening until his death in 1930. According to the museum website, Edward Valentine left a large collection of sculpture, papers, furniture and memorabilia to the museum in his will.
In 1924, the museum asked Charleston Museum director Laura Bragg to consult on a reorganization, which got under way four years later. It was the museum's first major renovation and expansion, and as part of the process the museum purchased three rowhouses adjacent to the Wickham House for the purposes of holding artifacts. The museum then renovated the Wickham house to reflect the circa 1812 period when the first owner, John Wickham and his family lived there.
In the 1950s, the Board of Trustees focused their mission by emphasizing the subtitle,"A Museum of the Life and History of Richmond,"  to the Valentine Museum. The subtitle continued into the 1960s 
On May 20, 1969, the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission nominated the Valentine Museum buildings to be on the National Register of Historic Places based on the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act. The Valentine Museum received this designation on June 11, 1969 
In the 1970s, a major renovation and expansion was undertaken to add a new wing to accommodate more artifacts and increase exhibition space for the public. The Row Houses that served as the primary museums space were renovated and expanded as well.
In 1985, the Valentine famously revitalized by hiring Frank Jewell and took other steps to make the museum more professional and gained the museum national attention  The museum worked with several historians to create the Richmond History Project. This raised the museum's stature in the national museum circuit owing to its method of forcing visitors to confront more controversial aspects of the city's history, such as racism. In 1988, the Museum worked with Mary Tyler McGraw, formerly of the Afro-American Communities project at the National Museum of American History to develop an exhibit called "In Bondage and Freedom" and engaged scholars with knowledge of social and Afro-American history. Under Jewell's leadership, many of the museum's exhibits were reviewed by scholarly history journals.
In 1994, a 10-year restoration of the 1812 John Wickham House, formerly called the Wickham-Valentine House was completed. Additionally, Jewell's Valentine Riverside initiative (expanding the museum to a second site at Tredegar Iron Works) had brought the museums finances to its knees. Jewell resigned in 1995 and was replaced by Bill Martin.
In October 2000, the museum initiated an identity change in for the institution to better reflect its role within the community. With a reputation as Richmond's history center, the name was changed to Valentine Richmond History Center.
In August 2014, the museum changed its name to the Valentine and adopted the subtitle "Richmond Stories." In October 2014, the Valentine completed renovations to its public exhibition galleries. The renovations features more accessible gallery spaces and a new education center, lobby, and multi-purpose room.
The museum is broken out into several permanent exhibits that cover different topics, such as Richmond's history, culture and government, sculptures from Edward V. Valentine and the Wickham House collection. A "Signs of the Times" exhibit displays vintage business signs and a "Costume and Textile" exhibit shows vintage clothes.
The Valentine has several rotating exhibitions that include photographs, clothes and textiles and historical based exhibits that impacted Richmond in a significant way.
In 1898, the house became the Valentine Museum, the first museum in Richmond
" Ann Maria Gray Valentine lay ill at her family's house at 9 N. Second St. on the last day of 1870. Physicians could do no more. But her husband, Mann Satterwhite Valentine Jr., was in the basement with a chemistry set, using his sheer determination and rudimentary knowledge from college courses to concoct a mixture to revive his wife.... Mann's elixir worked, and Maria recovered. When news spread to Richmond's 51,000 residents, he learned that there was great demand for the stuff. Mann put his seven sons to work, mixing, bottling and shipping -- and Valentine's Meat-Juice was born
the physician of President James Garfield prescribed [Valentine's Meat Juice] to help the 20th president recover from a bullet wound received during an assassination attempt.
[Mann] Valentine, and his brother Edward V. Valentine, as well as four of his five sons were involved in archaeology and artifact collection
As his personal collection grew, Mann envisioned a museum devoted to history, art, and culture and began in 1892 to go about establishing just such a place. Upon his death the following year, he bequeathed both the house and his personal collection of art and artifacts to the people of Richmond, along with an endowment.
"At his death in 1892, the house, along with his collection and a %50,000 endowment, was left as a museum for the city of Richmond
In 1892 the family founded the Valentine Museum in richmond to display their collections.
Unfortunately Mann Valentine became the victim of an elaborate hoax... When the fraud was finally exposed, an embarrassed Mann Valentine decided to get out of archaeology altogether and afterward devoted his museum to displaying the fine arts of Richmond
Kent's activities underscore the popularity of cast collections at the turn of the century ... examples... institutions such as the Valentine Museum in Richmond Virginia (which put a large collection of casts on display in 1898)
Numbered from 25000 (page 7) to 26734 (page 113)
The Wickham House, an 1812 National Historic Landmark now part of the Valentine Museum, Richmond Virginia, in many ways reflects the changing attitudes toward historic house museums throughout the twentieth century. Founded as the Valentine Museum in 1892, by 1928 the museum had purchased three rowhouses adjoining the Wickham house and renovated the interiors of those houses for gallery and storage space
The policies of the Valentine Museum since its revitalization in 1985 under Jewell's direction provide a partial example of the scholarly preoccupations and communication strategies these tasks require
Richmond's Valentine Museum has launched several pathbreaking shows and is planning others. The exhibit Race Relations in Richmond, 1945-85 broke a taboo on public analysis of a most sensitive issue and inaugurated a series of shows devoted to exploring the role of race in the city's past, present, and future
"During this same period, the Valentine engaged Marie Tyler-McGraw, formerly of the Afro-American Communities Project at the National Museum of American History, to aid in the creation of "In Bondage and Freedom." This exhibit on Richmond blacks during the decades before the Civil War opened in February 1988.