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 […]
Karenne Wood - Photo by Jessica Elmendorf
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 […]
The Misunderstood Bible Project
On Writing about the Good Book’s Oddities The Bible is a really weird book, no matter what a person believes or doesn’t, according to biblical scholar Kristin Swenson. Author of Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time, Dr. Swenson will discuss the challenges, pitfalls, and promise of writing a forthcoming book […]
Illustration of Joseph F. Smith giving testimony during the Reed Smoot hearings.
The End of Mormon Polygamy
Jane Barnes is an independent scholar in residence at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. In 2007 she was the writer for the Frontline/American Experience documentary The Mormons and in 2012 she published the book Falling in Love with Joseph Smith – My Search for the Real Prophet. This summer, during her stay at VFH, she’s working […]