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- Homeland is “creating a heck of a lot of buzz and excitement with our citizens!”



Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, and Governor McAuliffe, Homeland Reception, 8 September 2017, Executive Mansion, Governor Terry McAuliffe's Flickr page.

Homeland’s season 7 finale aired last Sunday night. Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama stars Claire Danes as CIA Officer Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as her long-time mentor Saul Berenson. Fox21 Television Studios filmed season 7 on location in Central Virginia from September 2017 to March 2018. Notable locations include the Jefferson Hotel, the State Capitol, the Fan and Northside neighborhoods of Richmond, as well as Hopewell and South Hill. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe even made a brief nonspeaking cameo in one episode. Incentives from the Virginia Motion Picture Opportunity Fund and the Virginia Motion Picture Tax Credit Fund made production of the series in Virginia possible.


Secretary of Commerce and Trade Haymore, Governor McAuliffe and Andy Edmunds, Homeland Reception, 8 September 2017, Executive Mansion, Governor Terry McAuliffe's Flickr page.

The Virginia Film Office, created in 1980, is part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. Its mission is increasing “revenue to the state through the production of filmed product including television shows, feature films, videos, documentaries, and commercials.” The Film Office markets Virginia as a location for film and video production, providing financial incentives through grants and tax credits. On 29 June 2017, Rita D. McClenny, President and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, wrote a memo to Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore regarding a request by Homeland’s producers for $9 million (in grants and tax credits) to film in Virginia. McClenny recommended a maximum $700,000 grant from the Virginia Motion Picture Opportunity Fund … read more »

- Kaine Email Project @LVA: Oliver Hill

This is the ninth in a series of posts spotlighting recently released email from Governor Tim Kaine’s administration.  These posts are not meant to be comprehensive but to encourage further exploration in the Kaine administration records (electronic and paper).


Governor Tim Kaine, Oliver Hill, Governor Linwood Holton, First Lady Anne Holton, Oliver Hill Reception, Executive Mansion, 28 April 2006, Office of the Governor (Kaine : 2006-2010), State Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va.

On Tuesday, 23 June, a portrait on loan from the University of Richmond of civil rights activist and attorney Oliver Hill (1907-2007) will be unveiled at the Virginia Executive Mansion. Larissa Smith Ferguson wrote in the Encyclopedia Virginia that as the lead attorney for the Virginia State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) “Hill and his colleagues filed more legal challenges to segregation than any other lawyers in the South and successfully undermined segregation and discrimination in all walks of southern life.” The mansion was also the location of a more somber event during Governor Tim Kaine’s administration (2006-2010):  Hill’s viewing was held there on 11 August 2007.  His funeral took place the next day at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  The Kaine email collection tells the story of these events.

Oliver Hill was a hero and inspiration to Tim Kaine. He first learned about Hill while attending the University of Missouri where he read Richard Kluger’s Simple Justice, a history of desegregation. “The example of Mr. Hill and the other courageous lawyers of the era,” Kaine wrote … read more »

- “You Say It’s Your Birthday:” Virginia’s Executive Mansion Turns 200


Governor's Mansion.

On 16 March 2013, Virginia’s Executive Mansion celebrated its 200th anniversary with a birthday party at the Library of Virginia.  The highlight of the event was a public screening of a new Mansion documentary, First House, produced by Blue Ridge PBS in partnership with Appeal Productions. The Library of Virginia and Citizens’ Advisory Council for Interpreting and Furnishing the Executive Mansion also published a commemorative book, First House: Two Centuries with Virginia’s First Families, written by Mary Miley Theobald. Out of the Box decided to jump on the bandwagon with a post highlighting some of the archival records about the Executive Mansion at the Library.


Plat showing Governor's House, kitchens, ravine, gardens and private property to be purchased.  Virginia General Assembly, House of Delegates, Speaker, Executive communications, Report, valuation, and plat, 1813 February 17. Accession 36912, State government records collection, The Library of Virginia.

The history of the Executive Mansion (also called Governor’s House or Governor’s Mansion) is well represented in the Library’s archival collections.  The Auditor of Public Accounts, Capital Square Data Records, 1779-1971, document the construction, furnishing, and repair of the 1813 Executive Mansion and the various buildings used by the governor prior to the Mansion’s construction.  The Drawing and Plans Collection includes a photographic copy of a page from Alexander Parris’ sketchbook depicting the floor plan for the Virginia Governor’s Mansion.  Parris designed the mansion in 1811-1812.  An Executive Communication to the Speaker of the House of Delegates, dated 17 February 1813, includes photocopy of a report from David Bullock, William McKim, and Robert Greenhow, … read more »