Virginia Baptist Historical Society

 
 BGAV, Nov. 13-15

VBHS will be present at the annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), Nov. 13-15, in Hampton, Virginia. Come see us at the booth and look for a special reflection from Nathan Taylor and Fred Anderson on Tuesday evening during the main program, as we remember Virginia Baptists who have "Answered the Call."

2017 Annual Meeting (VBHS)

Religious Liberty was the emphasis for the VBHS Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 16 at River Road Church, Baptist, Richmond, VA.  The keynote speaker was Amanda Tyler, J.D., executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Fred Anderson, set the historical context of Virginia Baptists in the struggle to secure religious liberty in the 18th century and the Society recognized the 18th century Virginia Baptist churches which are still in existence. At the meeting, Nathan Taylor was installed as new executive director, while Anderson was recognized for his many years of leadership by receiving the title director emeritus.

Founded in 1876 by those interested in preserving Baptist history and by the Baptist General Association of Virginia, the Virginia Baptist Historical Society soon became a premier institution within the field of historical organizations in religious history. It early became a repository of Baptist congregational records and other tangible documents and artifacts of the Baptist story. Its collection became widely used by scholars, local church historians, denominational workers, pastors and students of Baptist history.




Our facility on the University of Richmond campus was built through the aid of Woman's Missionary Union of Virginia and dedicated in 1955 as a memorial to the Baptists who struggled to secure religious liberty. The Heritage Gallery opened in 1992 and is visited each year by hundreds of individuals and many church groups. The Gallery includes the 36-panel mural on Virginia Baptist history by artist Sidney E. King. Changing exhibits make the Gallery a favorite for returning visitors.
The Society collects, preserves and makes available the records of Virginia Baptists. By its very name the Society is a group of individuals most interested in its purposes and membership is open to those interested.


 
 
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