Margaret Bayard Smith: The Considered Life of a Writing Woman in the Early American Republic
VFH Fellow Beth Taylor, is engaged in a new book project, a biography of Margaret Bayard Smith (1778-1844), a Washington insider during the first four decades of the newly-created District of Columbia. An author, Smith’s powers of expression are likewise evident in the voluminous collection of her letters and diaries held by the Library of Congress. […]
Patrick Henry: A Forgotten Legacy
Join us as VFH Fellow John Ragosta speaks to why Patrick Henry’s legacy has been largely forgotten or, more accurately, suppressed. While Henry is remembered as a great orator and firebrand, this fails to do justice to his role in launching the American Revolution as well as his critical role as the leading anti-federalist in opposition […]
Rendering of the monument courtesy the Women's Monument Commission.
New Women’s Monument
Read about the twelve women honored in new women's monument
Earlier this month ground was broken in Richmond’s Capitol Square for a new monument honoring the contributions of women in Virginia. The monument will feature bronze statues of twelve women, nine of whom you can read about in VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia. Anne Burras Laydon (ca. 1594–ca. 1636) and her mistress were the first two English […]
Let ‘Em Shine
High School Symposium Explores Race, Monuments, and Memorials
VFH’s African American Programs, Encyclopedia Virginia, and With Good Reason recently partnered with James Madison’s Montpelier for an interactive high school symposium exploring race, monuments, and memorials.
Charles Marsh and Ruby Sales at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Ruby Sales and the Future of Civil Rights Activism
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales visited Charlottesville on November 29th to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH).
Announcing the Launch of Discovery Virginia
A Free Digital Archive of Cultural Resources from the Commonwealth
On Monday, November 20, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) launched one of the nation’s first digital repositories created by a humanities council to preserve its own content. Titled Discovery Virginia, the digital archive contains more than 6,000 of VFH’s preserved assets and projects since the organization’s founding in 1974. The free digital archive is […]
Karenne Wood speaks at the LVA Virginia Women in History honor ceremony. Photo Credit to Pierre Courtois from Library of Virginia
Stone, Bone & Clay: Virginia Indians Past and Present
Karenne Wood, director of the Virginia Indian Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, a member of the Monacan Indian Nation, and an anthropologist, will examine the deep history of American Indian presence in what we now call Virginia and consider how our understanding of that history has changed with archaeological discoveries. She will also […]
Infantrymen of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, make their way through five-foot-high elephant grass during Operation Meade River on November 20, 1968. Photo courtesy of Department of Defense, U.S. National Archives.
Long Shadows of War
New Vietnam Series Explores Stories of Triumph and Trauma
A new eight-part special series by VFH’s With Good Reason explores the unresolved tensions in our understanding of the Vietnam War and the perspectives and people it forever changed.
Why Fish Don’t Exist
Why Fish Don’t Exist: The Dangers of Categorization from Ichthyology to Eugenics “Unfit” was the term used by the US Government to justify the forced eugenic sterilization of tens of thousands of people. A chapter in the upcoming book, Why Fish Don’t Exist, by VFH Fellow Lulu Miller, will explore the very living legacy of […]
Lenneal Henderson - Photo by Pat Jarrett
Meet VFH Board Member Lenneal Henderson
Lenneal Henderson is a professor emeritus of public affairs and international affairs at the University of Baltimore and a visiting instructor at the College of William and Mary. Recently, Lenneal sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about his time serving on VFH’s sister humanities council in Maryland and what drew him to Virginia.