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From the Archives to the Stage
Civil War Voices of Eastern Shore Women
By David Bearinger Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Pitts was born into slavery near Onancock, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In 1853, she married Parker Pitts, a free man, although the state did not legally recognize their union. Parker Pitts was killed in 1864 while serving with the 9th Regiment of the U.S. Colored Troops, and defying the […]
A rib, cat skull, and miniature archway, created from three-dimensional scans
Hands On History
NEH grant helps Encyclopedia Virginia dive into 3D printing
A set of gnarled dentures hang in mid-air. It rotates, exposing dents, ridges, and wear, either from use or years. “Those are actually human teeth,” says Peter Hedlund, the lead technologist at VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia (EV). “It wasn’t uncommon at the time to have dentures made using teeth bought from slaves.” We’re looking at George […]
Not Even Past, A Podcast for Story Lovers
A New Podcast from VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia
On March 1, 2017, Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) will release the first six episodes of its new podcast, Not Even Past, created for history lovers and anyone who loves a good story. Published by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, EV is an authoritative online resource about Virginia history, with thousands of entries, primary sources, and media […]
Marion Post Wolcott, “Tobacco Barns and Cigarette Advertisements,” 1940.
Growing the Cigarette
Growing the Cigarette is a revisionist history of tobacco in the twentieth century that takes farmers, government officials and citizen-activists as its main characters. By looking beyond “Big Tobacco,” Sarah Milov demonstrates that, paradoxically, smoking was a product of an expanded vision of the state, and that the politics of anti-smoking were born of an […]
MLK Sunday Supper with History United
Danville by Choice and VFH’s History United are partnering to sponsor a “Sunday Supper” community conversation in honor of MLK Day and in a joint effort with Averett University’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness. Grab a delicious Sunday afternoon beer (or wine) and join us at 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company from […]
If You Like the Truth
Lieutenant General George Crocker says that when he was first introduced to Rick Atkinson he was told, “If you like the truth, you’ll love Rick.” Over his long career as a journalist and historian, Atkinson has won four Pulitzer Prizes for work that he has either written or contributed to. As part of the Pulitzer […]
Image courtesy Richmond Times Dispatch
The Legacy of Kepone
Uncovering the history of one of Virginia’s first public environmental disasters.
Gregory Wilson, professor of history at the University of Akron, is researching the history of the Kepone disaster that took place in Hopewell, VA in the 1970s. Wilson recently sat down to talk with us about what he’s learned during his fellowship at VFH.
Detail of a mural that is part of "Threads of History: Conversations with a Community"
Film Screening: Threads of History: Conversations with a Community
Threads of History is a documentary film that captures the recollections of Booker T. Washington High School alumni.