In Richmond the presence of Thalhimers department store on Broad Street was an important downtown landmark for generations of Richmond area families. In 2010 a descendent of the firm’s founder, German immigrant Wolff (later changed to William) Thalhimer (1809-1883) researched the family papers, public records and, most importantly, talked with her extended family members about their history and stories.
“This book means everything to me. It’s the history of our family. It’s like giving birth to a child and transferring your ancestor’s DNA along to future generations.”
- William B. Thalhimer III