Mary Booth Pardon File, 21 August 1882, Records of the Secretary of the Commonwealth - Library of VA
From Mary Booth to Virginia Christian
Child Incarceration and the Making of the New South While many Virginians may be familiar with the story of Virginia Christian, the 17-year-old juvenile executed by the state of Virginia in 1912, few have heard of Mary Booth, a 14-year-old African American girl convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1882. This talk by […]
Photo by Earl Swift
The Long Life and Prospective Demise of a Storied Island Community Settled since 1778 and populated by that first family’s descendants, Tangier is one of two inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake Bay and a leading center for the pursuit of the bay’s famed blue crab. But throughout its recorded history it has been disappearing. […]
Photo by Pat Jarrett/VA Folklife Program
Filipino Traditions in Virginia
Understanding Global Virginia
Approximately one million Filipinos have immigrated to the United States since the 1950s. In 2010, more than 90,000 Filipinos were living in Virginia. David Bearinger explores Filipino traditions in this installment in VFH’s Global Virginia series.
Caroline Shaw and the Future of Music
Until recently, Caroline Shaw was uncomfortable calling herself a composer–violin, singer, musician, sure. But not a composer.Then in 2013, her composition Partita for 8 Voices made her the youngest recipient ever of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Now she’s one of the most respected composers on the New Music scene and has been heralded as […]
Karenne Wood speaks at the LVA Virginia Women in History honor ceremony. Photo Credit to Pierre Courtois from Library of Virginia
Death and Dinner: Thoughts and Discussion about the Repatriation of Indigenous Remains and Objects
Karenne Wood, poet and director of VFH’s Virginia Indian Program, and Damien Shen, an Australian Aboriginal artist, will discuss their experiences with the repatriation of indigenous remains and objects to their places of origin. A discussion with Q and A will follow.
History, Dance and Blessings with the Monacan Nation
As part of the festivities for American Indian and Indigenous heritage Month, tribal members and leaders of the Monacan Nation will present their culture in the form of traditional song and dance at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market.
White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia
Kiki Petrosino, poet, VFH Residential Fellow, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, will introduce poems from her latest book-in-progress. With White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia Petrosino contemplates what it means to be a mixed-race Virginian in light of the region’s fraught racial history. Inspired by research into her enslaved ancestors’ […]
We Are All Arlington
For the past 40 years, Arlington County has been a gateway community for thousands of immigrants—not only to the Commonwealth of Virginia, but to the United States in general and all the opportunity it represents. Immigrants from nearly 120 countries have settled in Arlington, creating a multicultural legacy that has changed what it means to […]
Mapping Lambert’s Point Reception
Mapping Lambert’s Point is an ongoing project co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and the Political Science and Geography Department which collects oral histories of the past and present residents of Old Dominion’s neighboring community, Lambert’s Point. The project embeds the stories into a virtual map accessible online. We invite you to come to […]
Polynesian Voyagers Expert Panel Discussion
A panel discussion examining climate change, the traditional ways indigenous groups, including Polynesian and Virginian natives, have interacted with their environments, and how the world’s citizens can build a better future together.