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Programs - Discovering Virginia

Exploring the sites, people, events, that reflect Virginia's history.

Botticelli Exhibit at Muscarelle Museum of Art

The MCV Foundation held of the premier opening of the highly anticipated Botticelli exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Wednesdayy evening, February 8, 2017. (Skip Rowland)

At the height of his fame, the Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli was one of the most esteemed and influential artists in Italy. His graceful pictures of the Madonna and Child, his altarpieces and his life-size mythological paintings were immensely popular in his lifetime. In this edition of Discovering Virginia, take a tour of each area of Botticelli’s work through an audio description of the Botticelli exhibit at the Muscarelle Museum in Williamsburg, adapted by Shirley Confino-Rehder and presented by volunteer readers Catie Huennekens and Thomas Cunningham.   (70 minutes)

***The background information read in this audio description was taken from a variety of websites in addition to Shirley’s own comments about the Botticelli works which are described.

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Shore Dog Cafe

shore-dog-1Lou Dean talks to Shore Dog Café owner Gibbs Moody. Gibbs explains why he moved from investment banker to restaurant owner, what goes into the creation of a restaurant, what gap Shore Dog Café fills in the Richmond restaurant scene, what’s available on the menu, and where the menu items are sourced.  He’s proud that Shore Dog Café offers high-quality American fine dining at a reasonable price in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center.  (17 minutes, November 2016)

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Rosedale Christmas Lights Show

rosedale-christmas-lightsLou Dean talks with Thomas Warren about the Rosedale Christmas Lights Show. In a city famous for its tacky light shows, the Rosedale Lights Show is a tasteful show featuring 91,000 Christmas lights synced to music. Hear Thomas talk about the artistry and technology involved in creating a light show with symmetry, balance and just plain fun. Located at 1925 West Laburnum Avenue, the Rosedale Christmas Lights Show runs from 6-10 p.m. nightly from November 25-January 1.  (20 minutes, November 2016)

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Bill Lohmann and Bob Brown Explore Back Roads of Virginia

backroads-2Did you know the world’s largest herd of Bactrian (two-humped) camels is in Burke’s Garden in Tazewell County, Virginia?  You’d know it if you read “On the Back Roads Again: More People, Places and Pie Around Virginia.” Lou Dean talks to writer Bill Lohmann and photographer Bob Brown about this follow-up to their successful book “Back Roads: People, Places and Pie Around Virginia,” which was published in 2013. Listen to their tales of traveling back roads of Virginia, revisiting some favorites and finding some new and interesting people and places. And, yes, they’re still on the search for the next best piece of pie.  (September 2016, 30 minutes)

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Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe was born in Boston and died in Baltimore, but he lived, loved and worked here in Richmond. The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, located in the Old Stone House on East Main Street, holds the world’s largest collection of Poe items. Chris Semtner, Curator of the Poe Museum, talks to Lou Dean about Poe the man and the legacy.  (30 minutes, July 2016)

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Virginia Historical Society

VHSThe Virginia Historical Society has been collecting artifacts detailing Virginia’s past since 1831. All of its library and research facilities, which include more than nine million artifacts, are available to the public. In addition, the Virginia Historical Society offers a range of permanent and changing exhibits as well as a popular lecture series. The lead permanent exhibit, The Story of Virginia, is a walk through 16,000 years of Virginia history, including many interactive experiences. It’s the only place in Virginia where you can do a survey of Virginia in one stop! In this latest edition of Lou Dean’s Discovering Virginia, learn about everything the Historical Society has to offer and the strides they are making to ensure exhibits are accessible. (19 minutes, June 2016)

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Dinosaur Kingdom II

Mark Cline- Dinosaur Kingdom_RTD photoPrehistoric animals will walk the Earth once more at Dinosaur Kingdom II in Natural Bridge, Va.  Mark Cline, the park’s creator and builder, talks to Lou Dean about his many artistic endeavors, including rebuilding Dinosaur Kingdom after a fire forced its predecessor to close.  Learn how visitors to Dinosaur Kingdom II will go back in history to witness Civil War generals – and maybe even a famous president – battle stationary and animated dinos.  Adults and children of all ages will enjoy this interactive experience located near Natural Bridge. (18 minutes)

Photo credit: Heather Rousseau, Richmond Times-Dispatch

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3D Printing at VCU’s Virtual Curation Laboratory

Bernard MeansDr. Bernard Means, Professor of Anthropology at VCU and Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory, believes that archeology shouldn’t be limited to old things – archeology should be the study of material things that people create.  That’s why, in addition to helping preserve the nation’s past, he is working with the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) and other organizations to take physical objects and translate them to digital means with laser scans. Using these scans and 3D printers enables people who can’t necessarily see the objects to touch and understand their intricacies. Dr. Means talks with Lou Dean about his work with VHS and how the possibilities in 3D printing may be able to bring the world to the blind and vision impaired.  (25 minutes, March 2016)  Photo credit: VCU

3D printed figurine of our Director of Development and Communications, Jennifer Laughter

3D printed figurine of our Director of Development and Communications, Jennifer Laughter

Second 3D print of Jennifer

Second 3D print of Jennifer

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Virginia Historical Society 3D Exhibits

Kim DrudgeThe Virginia Historical Society has begun a collaboration with the VCU Virtual Curation Laboratory to build 3D exhibits of the Historical Society’s collection to create tours for the blind and visually impaired. Andy Talkov, Vice President for Programs for the Virginia Historical Society, talks with Lou Dean about how the idea came about, the possibilities the technology offers and what to expect in the future. Kim Drudge, a 14-year-old who happens to be blind, tells Lou how she is helping Andy by testing new ideas.  (21 minutes, March 2016)  Photo credit: Mark Gormus, Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Carter Mountain Orchard

Carter mountainCarter Mountain Orchard, next door to Monticello, has been a working commercial orchard for more than 100 years. Owner Cynthia Chiles talks to Lou Dean about the 15 varieties of apples the orchard produces and the full experience visitors can expect, from apple picking to special events to school field trips to geocashing adventures. And who can forget the hot apple cider donuts?  (27 minutes, November 2015)

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