Summer in the City 2016
Summer in the City excursions for University of Richmond faculty and staff highlight some of our favorite downtown destinations. This year’s Summer in the City series takes inspiration from the special exhibition, Greetings from Richmond: Visitors through the Centuries, curated by the American Studies Capstone Seminar and currently on display in UR Downtown’s Wilton Companies Gallery. Registration is required, and shuttle transportation is available to only the first 18 to register.
Tuesday, July 12, 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
While attending St. Paul’s on April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis was delivered a message from Robert E. Lee that he could no longer defend Richmond, signaling the end of the American Civil War. Today, historic Confederate symbols and imagery remain in the church, but the congregation has been active in considering their removal. The Rev. Melanie Mullen, Downtown Missioner, will share this journey with us as we tour the 1845 Greek Revival style masterpiece. The UR Downtown Shuttle departs from the Special Programs Building at 11 a.m. and returns to campus following the program by 12:45 p.m. Lunch boxes will be provided by Richmond on Broad Café.
Tuesday, July 19, 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Richmond was named a top destination for food travel this year by National Geographic, and the farm-to-table movement is thriving in downtown Richmond. Maybe the seed was planted for Richmond as a food capital when Julia Child came to Thalhimers in 1976? This excursion will feature lunch tastings at two popular farm-to-table restaurants, Rappahannock and Pasture, and conversations with the chefs. The UR Downtown Shuttle departs from the Special Programs Building at 11 a.m. and returns to campus following the program by 12:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 26, 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Richmond Region Tourism
From their OutRVA campaign and dynamic website, VisitRichmondVA.com, to their critical role as a community convener, Richmond Region Tourism is more than a visitor’s center. During this excursion, we’ll visit the Greater Richmond Convention Center and talk with Katherine O’Donnell, ’99, Vice President of Community Relations, who will highlight the ways that Richmond is attracting new travelers and businesses to our region every day. The UR Downtown Shuttle departs from the Special Programs Building at 11 a.m. and returns to campus after the program by 12:45 p.m. Lunch boxes will be provided by Richmond on Broad Café.
Bonus Afternoon Excursion
Thursday, June 23, 3–5 p.m.
Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
Now in its new location at the Leigh Street Armory, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is a gateway to the rich history, heritage, and significant accomplishments of African Americans in Virginia. Mary C. Lauderdale, Operations Manager, will tour us through the new galleries. A shuttle will depart from the Special Programs Building at 3 p.m. and return to campus following the visit by 5 p.m.