Friday, October 23, 2009

Richmond in the Press

This past weekend, Richmond was featured in the New York Times Travel series "36 hours in..." You can find the article here.

36 hours is not a lot of time in any one place, and the article appears to do a decent job of covering different areas of our fair city. Kuba Kuba is mentioned in the same breath as The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, and the author managed to touch upon Richmond's wide variety of interests, including great local music venues and outdoor adventures.

However, in my humble, library-centric opinion, a few notes appear to be in order to round out the rest of the article:

First, a link to the great First Fridays website is available here. There is mention of the fantastic Gallery 5 and Quirk in the NYT article, but information on First Fridays in general seemed to be a bit lacking. Let your readers view the wide variety of other galleries and cultural venues that host these events including...ahem, your Main Richmond Public Library!

Secondly, how do you mention Bygones Vintage Clothing, Chop Suey Books and Need Supply Co. in the Carytown section of the article and not include one sentence regarding the lovely, historic Byrd Theatre? It's right next door! The photographer even captured the Byrd in the picture above featuring Bygones lovely exterior.

What do you think? Were there any glaring omissions that stood out in your mind? Overall, the article did seem to capture how vibrant and multi-faceted Richmond can be. To round out some of the resources in the article, we've listed a few titles about Richmond that may be of interest below:

Celebrating the Byrd Theatre: incredible history, exciting future
George A. Bruner
ISBN 9780977315376

A look into the history of the Byrd Theatre - perfect for increasing your local Richmond history knowledge.

True Richmond Stories: Historic Tales from Virginia's Capitol

Harry Kollatz

ISBN 9781596292680

A compilation of articles written for Richmond Magazine, this book covers fascinating, lesser-known historical tales of Richmond.

American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond

Gregg D. Kimball

ISBN 0820322342

Gregg Kimball examines our city, with a history of geographic trade ties to the north as well as deep connections to the South, through urban community networks and their ties to each other, as well as the society they create.

Have a few thoughts of your own? Let us know in the comments!

All Photos: Susana Raab for the NYT

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