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The 2020 Heritage Plant Sale … online!

Published Date: 
Friday, May 1, 2020

I was supposed to write this blog about our annual Heritage Plant Sale with our 15th anniversary in mind. I was supposed to do a blog featuring 15 of our top plants. But this blog is not going to do that.

By Deputy Director, Museum Operations and Director of Gardens Perry Mathewes

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#15WomenArtists

Published Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2020
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Beginning in 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington D.C. asked a simple question: can you name #5WomenArtists?

By Adult Programs Manager Sally Meyer 

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A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Your Keys Go in the Basket

Published Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2020
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With Easter approaching, thoughts naturally turn to children toting colorful baskets filled with equally vivid dyed eggs. But with the coronavirus threatening to put public gatherings like Easter egg hunts on hold, I thought this might present an opportunity to talk about another type of basket formerly found in Valley households: key baskets.

by Curator of Collections Nick Powers 

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#InternationalDayofHappiness

Published Date: 
Friday, March 20, 2020
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In honor of International Day of Happiness, I thought it would be a great idea to celebrate some research that I found that supported visiting museums makes people happier.

By Director of Education Mary Ladrick 

When I planned this blog it was with the intention that this would entice you, dear reader, to come visit the MSV with renewed interest and passion. Little did I know that there would be a pandemic that would require a temporary closure of the MSV.  

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Behind the Scenes: The Greenhouse

Published Date: 
Monday, March 16, 2020

In March the greenhouse is a warm puddle of sunlight.

By Horticulturist Chantal Ludder 

The smaller section is full of pots with seeds planted but not yet germinated, and large trays full of the tiniest handfuls of green. The larger, cooler half is already crowded with the pansies destined for the spring display in the Parterre garden.

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“Remember the Ladies”

Published Date: 
Monday, March 2, 2020
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In 1776, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John, “Remember the ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors.” This year, the 10th Annual Heritage Day at the MSV will help you remember and research “the ladies.”

By Sally Meyer Adult Programs Manager 

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Virginia is for Elopement Lovers

Published Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020

Weddings at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley are as varied as the couples who say “I do” here. Some weddings have been nearly two years in the planning while others have taken place just over 48 hours after the decision to get married was made.

By Catherine Bogaty, MSV Special Events Manager

Some MSV weddings are lavish, large affairs with hundreds in attendance, others are private, intimate ceremonies with just the wedding couple and officiant.

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