Rendering of the monument courtesy the Women's Monument Commission.
New Women’s Monument
Read about the twelve women honored in new women’s monument
Earlier this month ground was broken in Richmond’s Capitol Square for a new monument honoring the contributions of women in Virginia. The monument will feature bronze statues of twelve women, nine of whom you can read about in VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia. Anne Burras Laydon (ca. 1594–ca. 1636) and her mistress were the first two English […]
Students attend a master class by Civil Rights icon Ruby Sales at UVA Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Changing the Narrative
Announcing Major Funding for a Multi-Program Initiative to Address Racism and Racial Bias in Virginia
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) at the University of Virginia has been awarded $899,435 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for “Changing the Narrative.” The two-year project aims to broaden and reframe narratives of Virginia’s past by engaging local communities and youth in addressing the present-day challenges of racism and bias. It is part of […]
Charles Marsh and Ruby Sales at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Ruby Sales and the Future of Civil Rights Activism
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales visited Charlottesville on November 29th to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH).
Meet VFH Board Member Steve Herman
Steve Herman was born and raised in Suffolk, VA. He has had a life-long career working in the energy field and is currently a Managing Director at Energy Capital Partners. Recently, Lenneal sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about how the humanities help us better understand each other’s cultural heritage.
Civil Rights Leader Ruby Sales to Speak in Charlottesville
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales will visit Charlottesville at the end of November to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). The event, “Every One of Us: A Conversation with Ruby Sales on Race, Spirituality, and Public Life,” will take place on Wednesday, November […]
Every One of Us: A Conversation with Ruby Sales on Race, Spirituality, and Public Life
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is proud to welcome civil rights icon and public theologian Ruby Sales in a conversation with Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, moderated by Justin Reid, director of African American programs at VFH. The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 […]
Tastes & Tales from Tangier Island
Common House and Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) host a night of visual and oral storytelling of Tangier Island. Come learn about one of Virginia’s most unique communities from the voices who know it best. VFH executive director Matthew Gibson moderates a discussion with Peter Hedlund of Encyclopedia Virginia; VFH Fellow and author of forthcoming book […]
Women sang and danced with their comparsa during Los Picaflores carnival party in Arlington, Virginia on February 20, 2016. Photo by Carey Averbook.
Only the Bridge Matters Now
Solo el Puente Cuenta Ya
By David Bearinger Virginia is home to the largest Bolivian community in the U.S. and one of the largest Bolivian communities in the world, outside of Bolivia itself. An estimated 150,000 Bolivians live in Annandale, Springfield, Arlington, and Falls Church. Many of them are from the region known as Valle Alto (literally High Valley), a […]
Woodland Union Church Cemetery. Photo courtesy Alison Bell
Front Porches of the Dead
VFH Residential Fellow Alison Bell teaches anthropology at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Bell has been studying cemeteries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and says that in the 1980s a shift started happening in these spaces where the living and the dead come together.
Bell recently sat down with Trey Mitchell, director of web communications at VFH, to discuss her work.