Brogan-style shoes worn by private Page Lapham of 2nd Company,
Washington Artillery of New Orleans.
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Stepping into Myth
One of the most persistent legends surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg, which took place 150 years ago, is that it was fought over shoes. Encyclopedia Virginia‘s Brendan Wolfe examines the real reasons behind the battle.
Students at Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn, New York
Student Voices: From Prince Edward County to Brooklyn
How do sixth-grade students in 2013 understand an event that happened in 1956? How can teachers make a fifty-year-old story come alive for their students? Giselle Castano, a teacher at Mary McDowell Friends School in Brooklyn, used With Good Reason.
Buzzard Pete at the University of Virginia, 1905 (Detroit Publishing Company/Library of Congress)
Who Was Buzzard Pete?
Brendan Wolfe uncovers the history behind a circa 1905 photo of an African American at UVA known only as “Buzzard Pete” for the EV Blog.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel: Unearthing the Past on the iPad
Fall 2011 fellow Mary Lyons published the results of her fellowship in Dark Passage: The Virginia Blue Ridge Tunnel (2012). For this book, she went the digital route: the book was released through iTunes, for reading on the iPad.
Jefferson’s Daughters and Revolutionary Thought
What did the American Revolution mean for people who were not elite white males? VFH Fellow Catherine Kerrison explores this question through the three daughters of Thomas Jefferson.
The French Education of Martha Jefferson Randolph
VFH Fellow Catherine Kerrison argues that Martha Jefferson Randolph’s French education significantly influenced her ideas about female education and female identity, which in turn shaped the program of education she created for her daughters.
“Lost Communities of Virginia” Get the Spotlight
VFH grant recipients Terri Fisher and Kristen Sparenborg were recently honored with Preservation Virginia’s 2012 Outstanding Historic Preservation Research Effort Award for their research project aimed at discovering the “lost communities” of Virginia.