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 […]
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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.
Fishing Tales, a , limited edition letterpress book in English, Latin and Cherokee - Courtesy of Frank Brannon
The Lost Art of Cherokee Letterpress
In 2009, VFH fellow and book artist Frank Brannon, began work with the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee, Norther Carolina, to revitalize the nearly lost art of Cherokee letter press printing. Now, he talks about his with the Cherokee community, as well as history of the Cherokee written language itself.
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 […]
Embers of War
Sometimes when you read about the past, the course of history seems inevitable. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall cautions, “We have to remember that to the decision-makers of the past, the future was merely a set of possibilities.” In other words—there are always choices. Logevall’s works trace the roots of the Vietnam War, uncovering the […]
In 1867, the U.S. government prepared to try former Confederate president Jefferson Davis for treason. The U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Virginia assembled a pool of twenty-four potential jurors—some white, some African American—of whom eleven are pictured above. These men were likely the first African Americans to be called to jury duty in Virginia. The trial, though, never went forward. Davis was released on bail on May 13, 1867, and the charges against him dropped in 1869.
Block the Vote
Encyclopedia Virginia follows African American freedom to disfranchisement
Millions of African Americans were emancipated in 1865 and given the vote. By 1901, almost all of them had lost that vote. What happened in those intervening years? VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia explores the history of the Readjuster Party in Danville, VA and how it changed Virginia politics forever.
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.