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.
NASA’s Colloquium Sigma Series
Director of VFH’s Virginia Indian Program, Karenne Wood (Monacan), will be the featured speaker for NASA Langley Research Center’s Colloquium Sigma Series during November’s Native American Heritage Month. Wood’s talk, Stone, Bone & Clay: Virginia Indians’ History of 18,000 Years, will examine the deep history of the American Indian presence in what we now call Virginia […]
Indigenous Perspectives on Monuments and Memorials in Charlottesville and Beyond In this symposium, scholars and artists from various fields and interests will discuss their perspectives on monuments and memorials that include, reference, feature or honor Indigenous people. No reservations are needed, but parking is available on the Corner or at Central Grounds Garage. Speakers Karenne […]
Prisoners of History: Pocahontas and American Indian Women in Cultural Context
The Louisa County Historical Society is pleased to welcome Dr. Karenne Wood, who will give the lecture at our 2017 Annual Meeting. In March of this year, Karenne Wood, Director of Virginia Indian Programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, delivered the keynote lecture at a conference in London marking the 400th anniversary of the […]
Our Civil Rights: Race & Labor
Join Dr. Andrew Canady for History United’s Our Civil Rights: Race and Labor, a series of conversations that explore the history of race as it influenced labor in the Nation, the South and in our local community. This session will discuss the 1960s Civil Rights movement and its effect on integrating various industries, including the textile […]
Hank Dobin in the studio with Elliot Majerczyk.
Meet VFH Board Member Hank Dobin
Hank Dobin is a professor of English at Washington & Lee University. He’s served at three universities including University of Maryland College Park and Princeton University. Recently, Hank sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about his interest in Robert Devereux, the second Earl of Essex and the power of the humanities to bring people together.
World War I
From Wytheville to the White House... and Abroad - Exhibit
One hundred years ago, while Edith Bolling Wilson was serving as First Lady, the United States entered World War I. During wartime, she promoted her husband’s vision for peace, set an example for homefront conservation movements, and supported our troops. In many ways, Edith Bolling Wilson became the mother of modern First Ladies as she […]
Collierstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery - Rockbridge County, VA
The Vital Dead
Making Meaning, Identity, and Community through Cemeteries In the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and well beyond, profound changes are underway in cemeteries: grave markers are still etched with images of bibles and flowers, but motorcycles, monsters, cats, and footballs are also appearing. Inscriptions (“Gone Hunting for the Lord” or “Had a Good Ride”) and objects […]