Past Exhibits

  • Yearbook photo of Pu Kao Chen, William & Mary Class of 1923
    October 7, 2021 to April 24, 2022

    In 1921, Pu Kao (P. K.) Chen, a Chinese international student from Tsing Hua College in “Peking” (Beijing), boarded the steamship China to come study at William & Mary. In doing so, he became the first Asian student, and the first student of color on record to attend W&M

  • Highland visitors see public archaelogy digs on the site
    March 11, 2022 to April 11, 2022

    W&M’s Highland is 535 acres of historic buildings and natural resources. For many years, it was notable as the home of James Monroe. Now, recent re-interpretation tells a much fuller, more truthful story about the site and its many inhabitants.  

  • Comic image of superhero Hardware battling against enemies flying in a helicopter

    Superhero Comics by Black Writers, Artists, and Editors

    February 15, 2022 to March 10, 2022

    Nearly twenty years before T’Challa debuted in the pages of Fantastic Four #52*, Lion Man appeared in All-Negro Comics #1. Nearly five decades after Lion Man, Milestone Media brought even more Black superheroes to comics, some of whom you can see in this exhibit.

  • Clarence Webb in his grocery store in Williamsburg Triangle Block

    Reframing Race and Capitalism in Virginia's New South

    September 8, 2020 to January 25, 2022

    This exhibit analyzes the ways in which changing market and race relations intersected with Virginia families throughout the burgeoning New South, the economic and cultural developments that occurred in the southern United States after the Civil War and Reconstruction period.

  • Woodcut illustration titled "Undeveloped" with a dark thick forest, with a bird sitting on a branch in the foreground.
    December 3, 2021 to January 25, 2022

    There is peace on a grand scale: peace in the absence of war. Then there is peace in nature, like that found when seeing a blanket of freshly fallen snow on the Sunken Garden, and inner peace, like the feeling of contentment you may experience after finishing final exams.

  • Santa's sleigh as featured in The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Rachel Isadora.

    Nancy H. Marshall “A Visit from St. Nicholas” Collection

    December 10, 2021 to January 3, 2022

    The exhibit features illustrated pages from many different books, arranged so that together they feature the "A Visit from St. Nicholas" poem in its entirety—while at the same time showcasing the diversity of the Nancy H. Marshall Collection’s many editions and adaptations.

  • Portrait of Maria Holman Werg, U.S. Marine Corps, in uniform

    Honoring All Who Served

    November 11, 2021 to December 2, 2021

    Though early women veterans were prohibited from direct combat roles or assignments, and even officially banned from serving in combat from 1994-2013, women have always served as crucial members of the military.

  • Red beads strung into letters to form the text "We Define Our Selves" on a person's bare back

    Zine Making for Self-Exploration and Expression

    April 23, 2021 to September 12, 2021

    Before social media gave users the freedom to share their lives and perspectives, zines radically challenged the publishing industry’s standards, providing a way to spark dialogues about unaddressed subjects and share works by largely underrepresented authors.

  • Labeled "Nat & Me at Yorktown," this photo features a couple standing in front of their car with Williamsburg license plates, circa 1940.

    Shining a Light on the Everyday Lives of Black Americans

    February 26, 2021 to April 21, 2021

    In this exhibit, we have centered on more private aspects of the lives of Black Americans based on source materials housed in Special Collections with the hope that it will help challenge ideas of who belongs in an exhibit.

  • Activities and Activism at William & Mary

    October 2, 2020 to October 29, 2020

    Healthy Together is not just social distancing, it is also about finding and maintaining a community in the midst of upheaval and uncertainty that help you feel safe and seen.