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Gilded Age Richmond: The Grit Behind the Glitz

Image: Old City Hall of Richmond from Special Collections and Archives



James Branch Cabell Library, John Mapp Room
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


Brian Burns speaks about his book Gilded Age Richmond: Gaiety, Greed & Lost Cause Mania. The event will be followed by a book sale and signing.

The event is free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at 804-828-0593 prior to Oct. 31.

About the Book 

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Richmond entered the Gilded Age, seeking bright prospects while struggling with its own past. During a labor convention in conservative Richmond, white supremacists prepared to enforce segregation at gunpoint. Progressives attempted to wrest political power by unveiling a wondrous new marvel: Richmond's first electric streetcar. And after Jefferson Davis's death in 1889, elites launched an ambitious Confederate monument campaign but had more passion than money. Author Brian Burns takes us on a romp through Richmond as it headed toward a new century.

About the Speaker

Brian Burns is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. He graduated in 1983 from the School of Design at North Carolina State University. He worked as art director for several advertising agencies, including the Martin Agency in Richmond. He was co-producer of The Rainbow Minute, a radio series on LGBTQ history, heard on WRIR-FM community radio in Richmond. His first book, Lewis Ginter: Richmond's Gilded Age Icon, was published by the History Press in 2011.




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