History Talk

Wallenstein photoBest of Times, Worst of Times:
Reconstruction in the South after the Civil War

Given by Peter Wallenstein, PhD

Thursday, September 22
6:00 to 7:00 pm
Radford Public Library

Everyone is welcome to attend. No admission charge.

Death and destruction during the Civil War gave way to new possibilities — and tremendous uncertainty — in the years that followed. In particular, black southerners moved quickly away from slavery and, over the next few years and at least for a while, into citizenship and political rights. This talk will survey some of the huge changes that took place between the 1860s and the 1890s, both in Virginia and elsewhere across the South, in marriage and family, elementary and higher education, and voting and political office holding. Virginians who illustrate some of the big changes include Robert E. Lee, John Mercer Langston, Mary S. Hall, John Henry, and Woodrow Wilson. Some of these people you have no doubt heard of; come hear more about them and the others.

Peter Wallenstein is an award-winning professor of history at Virginia Tech, recognized for both his teaching and his research. His many books include Cradle of America: A History of Virginia and (for fourth-graders) Our Virginia, Past and Present.

History Lecture

Daniel_Thorp“European Settlement of the New River Valley”
Given by Daniel B. Thorp, PhD

Thursday, September 8
6:00 to 7:00 pm
Radford Public Library

30 W. Main Street, Radford

Beginning about 1740, small numbers of European settlers began moving into the New River Valley. They were, said one of them, “beyond all Christian governments,” but they soon began to clear farms, establish churches, and build small but successful communities throughout the region. By the time the American Revolution began, German, English, Scots-Irish, and African Americans lived and worked throughout the New River Valley. This talk will explore why they came, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them.

Everyone is welcome. No admission charge

Gallery Opening Reception–Knic Umstead

IMG_2282Thursday, September 1
5:30 to 7:30 pm
Glencoe Museum & Gallery

Join us as we celebrate the opening of the new showing of works by artist Knic Umstead.

 Everyone is welcome. No admission charge.

4th of July Hours

DRUM_4Glencoe Museum & Gallery will be closed

Sunday, July 3

We will resume normal hours on

Tuesday, July 5

10:00 am.

Celebrate Radford 2016 Festival

Saturday, May 28

10:00 am to 3:00 pm


Featuring live music from String Theory, locally made crafts, food vendors, and a vintage car display. The festival also showcases the heritage and culture of our city and region through living history demonstrations, exhibits by local artists, and hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free and ample parking is available at no charge.

Traditional crafts demonstrations, displays and presentations by history interpreters offer insights into Radford’s past. Children’s activities and a chance to visit with the popular miniature donkeys will appeal to younger family members.

Visitors can learn about handmade quilts, millstones, and other items essential to daily life and how they were crafted. A crowd favorite from last year’s festival, the blacksmiths return to demonstrate essential blacksmithing skills and speak of the historic trade’s importance to life in the New River Valley.


This year, Celebrate Radford is partnering with the Radford Reads Festival, a literary event which features local and nationally acclaimed authors and storytellers. Radford Reads features literary discussions, readings, book signings, and children’s stories and activities. Thirty authors will give presentations and readings.

Gallery Opening Reception

towards the lightJoin us for the opening of the gallery show–

Art & Photography by
Tom Wilkinson

Thursday, April 7
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Everyone is welcome. No admission charge.

Works on display through the end of May.

Gallery Opening Reception

We Three Kings 11x14 (1 of 1)Join us for the opening of the new gallery show by the

Radford Photography Club

Thursday, February 4
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Everyone is welcome. No admission charge.

Winter Weather Closing

snowflakeDue to impending winter weather forecasts,
Glencoe Museum & Gallery will be closed

Friday, January 22
Saturday, January 23
Sunday, January 24


Holiday Hours

hollyGlencoe Museum & Gallery
will be closed the following days for Christmas

Wednesday, December 23
Thursday, December 24
Friday, December 25

We will resume normal hours on Saturday, December 26 at 10:00 am





We will be closed the following days for New Years

Thursday, December 31
Friday, January 1

We will resume normal hours on Saturday, January 2 at 10:00 am

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Holiday Open House & Gallery Opening

Glencoe at ChristmasThursday, December 10
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Join us at Glencoe Museum as we ring in the holidays with our Holiday Open House and celebrate the new Gallery Show by Leslie Roberts Gregg.

Festivities of the evening will include festive holiday decorations, live music from the Greenwood Record Ensemble (5:30 to 6:30) and String Theory (6:30 to 7:30), and tasty treats including hot apple cider.

The Gallery Opening features the fantastic portraits by Leslie Roberts Gregg, which are from the recently published book Keepers of the Tradition written by Michael Abraham. Gregg, Abraham and many of the individuals featured in the portraits will be present to meet with guests.

Everyone is welcome. No admission charge.