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The Branch Museum of Architecture & Design Newsletter
February 2018
We have some busy months ahead at The Branch! We have just announced our 5 Architecture Summer Camps (see below). Get ready for our 3rd annual Celebration of Design Month in April, offering extensive programming that elevates awareness of the transformative power of design. I hope you are planning to be at our inaugural Brunch at The Branch, where we will unveil our first Virginia By Design Awards. Celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s 275th birthday with us, be the first to see The Branch Medallion, and congratulate the Award winners who will be honored for their incredible achievements in design that elevate life for all of us in the Old Dominion. This is one of the most important milestones for The Branch in 2018, and you will want to be there. I think Mr. Jefferson would be proud!
Penny Fletcher
Executive Director
Family Build Day!
On Saturday, February 3rd, The Branch and Science Matters, a program of the Community Ideas Stations hosted 250 pre-school to middle school aged children for Family Build Day! Check out some of our pictures below (Photographics by J. Ring)
Technology & Preservation: The easy way to figure out if your roof is not leaking!
The Branch is using a unique way to evaluate moisture damaged areas in several rooms utilizing an infrared imaging camera. These images show The Dining Room and Beulah Branch's Bedroom where most of the imaging took place.

The infrared camera used reads temperatures referenced upon common building elements, in the case of The Branch House, masonry and wood. Moisture within these elements changes the temperature and is reflected in the image seen in the reading. This information supports the conclusion that there are no active leaks in several of the areas investigated! 
Beulah Gould Branch and Her Time: Fashion and Gilded Age Pastimes
Tuesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Presentation with Caroline Rennolds Milbank . Ms. Milbank, a fashion historian will speak about her ancestor Beulah Gould Branch as a woman of time--her wedding, enjoying fashion, travel, collective, and posing for her portrait by famed artist, Philip de László.

11:30 a.m. Coffee in the Boudoir
12:15 p.m. Lunch and Presentation

$40 per person
(Ticket price includes $20 donation toward renovation of Beulah's Adamesque Bedroom)
Richmond Garden Trail
The Branch Museum is 1 of the 10 spots on The Richmond Garden Trail! The Trail is a ready-made itinerary of some of the country's best gardens and green spaces, with a few "garden secrets" along the way. There's no official starting point - choose what appeals to you and visit at your leisure.
Gardens are continually changing, so there's always something new and interesting to see!
The Branch Summer Architecture Camp
Over a course of five days, students will become acquainted with The Branch House and Richmond’s many pockets through interactive, team based tours and activities. As they explore, they will be introduced to architects, designers, and more. They will use newly learned skills to create their own projects and consider how their new knowledge applies to the city. Students will come out with a new understanding of the many elements that go into the architecture and design that surround them.