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 […]
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Toxic Dust: The Virginia Kepone Disaster
VFH Fellow Dr. Gregory Wilson, professor of history at the University of Akron, will discuss his research into the Kepone disaster in Virginia at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Kepone first came into the public consciousness as a dangerous toxin in July 1975. That month news broke about the poisoning of workers in Hopewell […]
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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. […]
The First Vote: Recalibrating Reconstruction
VFH Fellow Don DeBats shares findings about the patterns of early voting ballots in the years following the American Civil War as well as his current explorations into data preserved from 1860-1900 in the poll tax books and census records of two Kentucky counties.
A cargo of horses leaves a transport ship at St. Nazaire. Nearly 50,000 American horses left from Newport News. - Courtesy of the Quartermaster Museum
Remembering the Forgotten War
While researching and cataloging the many World War I memorials throughout Virginia, VFH fellow Lynn Rainville became fascinated with the extensive, and little explored, role that Virginia played in the Great War.
VFH Announces 2016-2017 Residential Fellowships and Upcoming Fellows Talks
Charlottesville, VA—Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces fourteen humanities scholars in residence during the 2016-2017 year. The Fellows, their affiliations, and projects are as follows. VFH 2016-2017 Residential Fellows Frank Brannon – Independent author, SpeakEasy Press, Charlottesville Will It Survive? A History of Cherokee Printing John Frank Brannon Jr. has been working with the […]
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’ […]
A postcard to a Fluvanna County soldier serving in France - Fluvanna Historical Society
Virginia’s Surprising Roles in the Great War
Ever since Sweet Briar College research professor Lynn Rainville began researching Virginia’s WWI memorials, she has been uncovering fascinating stories about those who served and the way we honor them— including a perception that the nation’s “Great War” has too often been forgotten in our collective memories. Join us for a free, public discussion with Lynn Rainville about her work.
Danville Protests - Courtesy of The Danville Register & Bee
Bearing Witness to the Danville Civil Rights Protests of 1963
An exhibit on the 1963 Danville Civil Rights protests has been twenty years in the making. See it in Charlotttesville through 4/30.