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The Virginia Baptist Historical Society
and/or
The Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies
PO Box 34
University of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8434
Fax: (804) 289-8953 

For Membership Info and Ordering Publications:
Elsie Richards, Membership Secretary
For Research Requests:
Darlene Herod, Research Assistant
For Church Group Tours:
Elsie Richards
For Center Activities:
Fred Anderson, Executive Director
For Administrative Business:
Fred Anderson, Executive Director

We are currently unable to process research requests via e-mail. All persons requesting research need to speak with Darlene Herod at 804-289-8435. She will be happy to assist you with your research needs.

Meet Our Staff:
 
Fred Anderson is in his 32nd year as executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and his 10th year as the founding executive director of the Center for Baptist Heritage & Studies.  He also designed the University Archives for the University of Richmond in 1981 and began assembling a large collection of collegiana related to the University.  He serves as University Archivist.  In 1982 he was first elected as clerk of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and continues in that capacity, taking the minutes of the state Baptist organization as well as the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.  In 1983 he began writing a regular heritage column for the Religious Herald, the state Baptist newspaper in Virginia.  He has written over 1,000 of the heritage columns.  He is the author of 12 books about Baptists.  He also frequently speaks in churches and before civic organizations and he often appears in costume as a character out of Baptist history.  He is a graduate of Berry College, the University of West Georgia, and the library school of Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.  He is active in his church and is the historian of the Richmond Baptist Association.  (For full biographical information see the button at the top left.)
Darlene Slater Herod is in her 26th year as research assistant.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, she began work at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society as a student.  She followed her sister, Sue Slater Salamone, as the Society's research assistant.  Across the years she has helped an estimated 15,500 individuals in their information quests.  She also receives and catalogs the items added to the Historical Society's collection.  Across the years she has processed some 1,900 major acquisitions and untold thousands of items for the various files.  She is active in her church and in the life of the Dover Baptist Association which she currently serves as vice-moderator.
Elsie Richards is in her 21st year as administrative assistant, office secretary and membership secretary of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.  She processes the hundreds of annual memberships and maintains the correspondence with the membership.  She has embraced each new technology and taught herself to use the computer.  She usually is the first person to greet the visitors whether on the telephone or in person.  She is active in her church and often teaches a Sunday school class of senior adults.
Mike Whitt is in his 7th year as special projects assistant.  Across the years he worked in various part-time capacities for the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and in 2004 began his special projects assistant position on a regular basis.  He does a variety of tasks and never knows from one day to the next just what surprises will be in store.  Some days he is doing very specialized research into the old records.  Other days he is assisting in mounting exhibits.  And other times he is telling stories to the visitors including the many tour groups that come to the Historical Society's Heritage Gallery.  He currently is engaged in a major special project for the Virginia Baptist Historical Society which is the compilation of an inventory of all the names - black and white - found in the hundreds of antebellum church record books in the collection.  When completed, it will be a tremendous social history and family history research tool.  He attended the University of Richmond and is a fan of Spider sports.  He is a freelance published sports historian.  His latest freelance project was a book on the long football rivalry between two of Richmond's former high schools for African-Americans.

 
 
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