Virginia Baptist Historical Society
VBHS will be closed Nov. 13-14, during the annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, held at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Glen Allen. We will reopen on Thursday.
VBHS will be closed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 20-23.
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Annual VBHS meeting, June 7
Thanks to all who joined us for a splendid 2018 annual meeting, on Thursday, June 7, at Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond. Our theme was the Baptist contribution to global religious liberty and human rights. Dr. Elijah Brown, newly-elected general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, challenged us to greater advocacy in response to the ongoing crises of human rights around the world, including work on behalf of religious minorities in particular. VBHS commended the service of outgoing president Rev. Frank G. Schwall and elected incoming president Dr. William P. Tuck.
In a prime location selected by the president of the University of Richmond, the late Frederic W. Boatwright, a wing of the Boatwright Memorial Library was erected and dedicated in 1955 as a memorial to the Baptists who struggled to secure religious liberty for all Americans to enjoy. Financed by the Baptist women of Virginia for the exclusive purpose of housing the Virginia Baptist Historical Society and its valuable library, archives and museum, the building became more than a brick and stone memorial. It became a living memorial, a place where individuals of all religious persuasions and none, where students and scholars from universities across the nation, and where Baptists of many diverse streams may learn and appreciate the contributions made by a people who believed that the soul must be free to commune with its Creator.
Founded in 1876, the Virginia Baptist Historical Society is the oldest Baptist historical organization in the South and an acknowledged leader among Baptist historical agencies. Its charge is to facilitate the preservation of the tangible history of Baptists, convey this unique heritage to each generation, and make such information available for churches, the academic community and other researchers. Its Heritage Gallery attracts interested groups and hundreds of individuals each year, and its collections draw scholars from across Virginia, the nation and beyond.