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Danville Museum’s Development/Executive Director

December 1, 2017
Katherine Milam

The new Danville Museum Development/Executive Director is Katherine Milam, a native of Baltimore, Maryland and resident of Danville since 1990.

Kathy attended Friends School of Baltimore and graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art.  She is a certified paralegal and certified in nonprofit management through Duke University Continuing Studies. 

She was previously employed by Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services as agency Grant Writer and as Development Coordinator for the Danville Museum. 

She is active in several long-standing civic organizations, and served as President of Danville-Riverview Rotary, Garden Club of Danville, and Danville Concert Association.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dan River Nonprofit Network.  She is married to Circuit Court Judge Joseph Milam and is the mother of Walton Milam, an attorney in Richmond, and Wallis Milam, a high school teacher in New Orleans. 

Kathy is happy to be serving in a leadership role within an organization dedicated to the arts and local history.  She welcomes participation in the Danville Museum’s activities by all sectors of the community.   

Belcher Induction into Danville Hall of Fame

August 3, 2015
Belcher Induction into Danville Hall of Fame

You are cordially invited to the Danville Hall of Fame, induction Ceremony for Ronnie Belcher, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. in the Danville Museum auditorium.

 Ronnie Wayne Belcher was born in Ringgold, Virginia on August 7th, 1941 to Thomas Belcher and Ruby Woodall Belcher who lived at 333 Myrtle Ave of Danville. In high school, he moved to Alabama and enlisted in the Army in August of 1962.

 At the start of Belcher’s military career, he went through basic training and was selected in May of 1963 to join the White House Communications Agency serving the President’s and Vice President’s offices. Belcher served at Camp David and Homestead Air Force base where he ran the communications for the presidential retreat home on the base that was used by Nixon and offered to other high powered military officials. A key responsibility was to ensure the President and Vice President could always communicate with each other and the White House. He would travel in advance of the Chief of State to get and secure communications for our government and its officials to keep the leaders of our country in constant connect from 1963-1982. Belcher completed a 19 year career in the White House when most military personnel are rotated out every 6 years, a distinction held by only a few.   He began his position with the Kennedy White House and retired with the Regan administration to enjoy civilian life again.   He currently resides in California and returns to Danville for family reunions.

 The event, which includes a reception, is free and open to the public. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is located at 975 Main Street. Visit their website,, or call (434) 793-5644 for more information.


A Conversation with Emmet Gowin with Lecture and Slides

July 22, 2015
A Conversation with Emmet Gowin with Lecture and Slides

“A Conversation with Emmet Gowin with Lecture and Slides” will take place Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Gowin, who’s photography is exhibited in numerous museums worldwide, was recently inducted into the Danville Hall of Fame. Previously a professor at Princeton University, his presentation will be an eye-opening experience into how the artist sees the world through the lens. The handicapped accessible event is free and open to the public in the museum’s auditorium at 975 Main Street, Danville.

Stir the Soul: Civil Rights Songs that Moved a Nation

July 8, 2015
Stir the Soul:  Civil Rights Songs that Moved a Nation

Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is hosting a special event on Saturday, July 25, 2015 called: Stir the Soul: Civil Rights Songs that Moved a Nation.  Fred Motley, a performing arts instructor and playwright, is organizing this event that will include Civil Rights demonstration songs performed by talented singers and with opportunities for audience participation. Quotes from local activists will be mixed in and well as opportunity for open dialogue. Two shows, one at 11:30 am and one at 1:30 pm, will be free and open to the public.


Civil War Redux Exhibit

March 7, 2015
Civil War Redux Exhibit

As part of the Museum’s commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Schoolfield Gallery will feature Civil War Redux by Richmond photographer Willie Anne Wright. Beginning in 1987, when she chanced upon a re-enactment in Richmond, Wright spent the next twelve years, and again in 2003, following the troops. She photographed on film with a 4 x 5” pinhole camera re-enactments on or near original Civil War sites.

Using pinhole (lensless) photography, Wright is able to recreate the slow imaging processes of the photographers of the mid- 19th century. Wright says. “My subjects, as theirs, did not include battle action. I concentrated on camp scenes, impressions of players of the period -- both famous and little known, medical and death related images, and portrayals of widows. Included are men and women -- Caucasian and African- American, Yankees and Rebels. While recording the activities of the historically accurate re-enactors, sometimes an inevitable anachronism slips in.” The exhibition is on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.