Grave Matters: Digging Up the History of the Wood-Glass Family Cemetery

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Friday, October 25, 2019
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Cemetery. Graveyard. God’s Acre. Burial ground. We have many names to describe the places in which our loved ones rest eternally, and just as many opinions about how creepy (or benign) they are.

By Curator of Collections Nick Powers

For some people—particularly around this time of year as Halloween approaches—cemeteries are the frightening abodes of the dead.

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New Program For Our Senior Community

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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This month kicks off a new, exciting, and free monthly program at the MSV!

By Adult Programs Manager Sally Meyer

Memories at the MSV is specifically designed for participants with early stage memory loss (Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, etc.) and their caregivers in order to have a relaxing and joyful experience outside of their daily routine. In the Education Department, we’ve been hard at work getting ready to welcome participants to this program.

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National Walnut Day 2019

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
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Happy National Walnut Day! While this holiday was created to celebrate the hard-shelled nut the walnut tree produces, we are instead “going nuts” about a few objects made with the beautifully-grained wood at the heart of the tree.

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MSV Heritage Plant Sale May 17 & 18, 2019

Published Date: 
Monday, May 13, 2019

by MSV Horticulturist Chantal Ludder

“Come buy, come buy!” As much as I would like to do a pastiche of Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, I promise to refrain. But quite soon you are going to see a line of MSV gardeners trotting diligently back and forth from up the hill to bring hundreds and hundreds of plants down to the museum patio. What plants are we selling? Why, anything you could want, of course. All plants labeled, all plants priced.

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Happy National Pet Day!

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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Have you met some of our favorite furry friends?

Potter Samuel Bell (1811-1891) of Winchester made this pair of molded whippet figurines in 1841. Whippets are an English sighthound breed descended from greyhounds. The Bell family of potters made numerous whippets as decorative pieces for Valley homes, some of which retain their original paint decoration.

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National Beer Day at the MSV 2019

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Sunday, April 7, 2019
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Raise a glass to celebrate National Beer Day with this beer stein in the MSV Collection! National Beer Day began right here in the Old Dominion in 2009, but Virginians have enjoyed “cold ones” for centuries.

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