Contact us at:
The Esther Thomas
Atkinson Museum of
PO Box 745
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
Phone (434) 223-6134
Fax (434) 223-6344
Tuesday through Friday,
10:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00.
Open late on Game days.
Esther Atkinson Museum
The MISSION of the Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum is to support the College's mission to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning by collecting, preserving and interpreting objects that enhance the College's educational offerings and promotes the history of the College and its roll in the history of Virginia and our nation.
On Thursday, October 4, Ms. Penny Pairet's class from Fuqua School visited the Bortz Library as well as Atkinson Museum on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College. The class is currently reading Sounder by William H. Armstrong who graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 1936. The students were able to view awards received by Armstrong and several foreign language copies of Sounder.
Patrick Henry: A Historical Interpretation
On Tuesday, October 16, Bill Young will present a historical interpretation of Patrick Henry at Hampden-Sydney College. Henry is portrayed in the last year of his life as he reflects on his childhood, two marriages, religious convictions, love of children, various careers, and key contributions to the formation of the United States. After retiring as a trial lawyer, Young decided to make his lifelong love of history, writing, and public speaking into a second career. He presents a dramatic and historically accurate first person impression of Henry.
"The Voice of Liberty"
Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Farmville/Prince Edward Historical Society and Hampden-Sydney's Atkinson Museum. It will begin at 7 PM in the Parents & Friends Lounge in Venable Hall. H-SC Full Story...
Virginia Architecture: From Colonial to the Old Dominion
A Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Educational Exhibition celebrating the Commonwealth's building heritage is open in the Atkinson Museum March 1 through April 30. The exhibition will present photographs and descriptions of 23 significant examples of our state's architecture built primarily between 1636 and 1775. The exhibition is based on "Architecture in Virginia," a popular guide written by University of Virginia architectural historian, William B. O'Neal. The book demonstrates that Virginia has often led the way in American architecture... H-SC Full Story...
Dr. John Coombs,
Associate Professor of History
On Wednesday March 28, Dr. John Coombs, Associate Professor of History will present Architecture and the Making of the Virginia Gentry in the Seventeenth Century in conjunction with the museum exhibit,
Virginia Architecture: From Colonial to the Old Dominion.
Myths, Saints, and Symbols: The Use of Attributes in Art
Director of the Daura Gallery at Lynchburg College
On Sunday, February 5, Barbara Rothermel presented a gallery talk at Hampden-Sydney College on the exhibit, Myths, Saints, and Symbols: The Use of Attributes in Art.
This lecture traces the transition of symbols and attributes from Classical Antiquity through the Early Christian era when it was the task of the church to redeem the world and all humankind. The church did not hesitate to borrow from every available source in its effort to convert and redeem; the sign and symbol, particularly those most common in the realm of human experience, were given a Christian and spiritual meaning. The lecture continues with the full flowering of symbolism in the northern Renaissance and Baroque eras.
This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is funded, in part, by the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.
Liberties With Liberty
Liberties with Liberty was on exhibit at the Atkinson Museum on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College through February 22. The exhibition contains twenty 24"x 36" color posters. Liberties with Liberty depicts the changing icons of liberty in America. The images range from an Indian queen to the Statue of Liberty itself and represent three centuries of American folk art. H-SC full story...
A Venable Ghost Story
Dr. Ray A. Gaskins
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics & Computer Science, H-SC
On Friday morning, November 10, 1775, young Samuel Woodson Venable was up at the crack of dawn. This was the day of the official opening of Hampden-Sydney College and he wanted to be the first student there. He was already the first student to register for classes and he wanted to keep the string going. He grabbed something to eat, dashed out to the barn, saddled his horse, and was off at a gallop. He took the shortest route from Slate Hill to the College, which took him right past the future site of Mercy Seat Church (1870). Read this and more stories from the current Newsletter...
Slate Hill Unearthed
A staple of May Term at Hampden-Sydney is the Beneath This Hill Historical Archaeology Class, in which Doctor Charles Pearson leads his Hampden-Sydney students to the place of the founding of Hampden-Sydney College, the site of Slate Hill Plantation. Students in the May Term class have been working to reconstruct the 18th- and 19th-century landscapes at Slate Hill Plantation. This work has included identifying the locations and types of buildings that once existed on the property. Students rely on primary documents such as original deeds, wills, probate inventories, and photographs, as well as oral histories and archaeology. The full story in the current Newsletter....
The information in the above referenced article comes from the labels and panel text of an exhibit that recently closed at the Atkinson Museum, Beneath This Hill: Historical Archaeology at Slate Hill Plantation, Birthplace of Hampden-Sydney College