Refuge in the Valley
New exhibit tells stories of Harrisonburg refugees
By David Bearinger Diviet Suarez worked at a harbor in Santiago de Cuba, operating scales for trucks loading and unloading cargo ships. At odds with the Castro regime, Suarez was fired from his job. He tried to make the journey eighteen times by boat across the Straits of Florida to the United States. In 2006, […]
Shiloh Holley, Executive Director of the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
A Museum’s First Comprehensive Exhibit
Grantee Spotlight: Shiloh Holley
About the Organization The Edith Bolling Wilson Museum celebrates the life and legacy of the only Appalachian-born First Lady. Edith Bolling Wilson is sometimes referred to as “the Secret President” due to her involvement in White House affairs in the aftermath of President Woodrow Wilson’s stroke amidst peace negotiations after World War I. The museum […]
House Appropriations Committee Continues Support of NEH
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would provide $145 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in FY 2018. While this is a $4.8 million reduction from the FY 2017 levels, it illustrates strong bipartisan support for public humanities work in communities across the country and a desire to see that work […]
Bolivian dancers, Columbia Pike Festival, Arlington, Virginia. PHOTO BY LLOYD WOLF.
Announcing Twelve New Grants
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces $65,200 in recent grants to twelve nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. The VFH Grant Program responds directly to the interests and concerns of local communities in Virginia, as well as to the needs of the educational organizations that […]
Artist's rendering of the Virginia Indian Tribute
Mantle: The Virginia Indian Tribute
By David Bearinger The heart of downtown Richmond was strangely quiet as more than 200 people, led by the chiefs of Virginia’s Native tribes, stepped forward to spread tobacco over a freshly turned plot of ground. On this bright Saturday morning in late June, members of Virginia’s eleven state-recognized tribes, joined by long-time friends and […]
Lee Park dedication - Cville Images
History Writ Aright
By Brendan Wolfe, editor Encyclopedia Virginia What does that even mean, history writ aright? Aside from it being a quotation from a speech I recently read, I mean. It’s a question I’ve wondered about, and worried about, as we’ve all debated here in Charlottesville, in Virginia, and across the country about what to do with Confederate monuments. Now, […]
The Richmond Sessions
By Legendary Artist Sherman Holmes
VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program produces The Richmond Sessions, by legendary artist Sherman Holmes – Special guests include Sammy Shelor, Rob Ickes, and Joan Osborne On July 21, musician Sherman Holmes will release his first solo recording in his more than fifty-year career. The Richmond Sessions by the Sherman Holmes Project carries on the spirit of the revered […]
Meet VFH Board Member Mark Habeeb
Mark Habeeb lives in Arlington, VA and teaches at Georgetown University in the graduate school of foreign service where he specializes in international negation and conflict management and mediation.
Recently, Mark sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about the connections between the humanities, social sciences, and hard sciences.
Route One Reads Selects Sing for Your Life
Summer reading program
For the third consecutive year, VFH’s Virginia Center for the Book is participating in the Route One Reads initiative. Route One Reads is a multi-state summer reading program for adults that’s part of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Route One Reads invites readers to pack a tote bag of […]
What do the humanities mean to you?
Here at VFH, we see the humanities as a force for good in the world. The humanities help people share their stories and learn about the experiences of others. They foster understanding and dialogue. They engage us in diverse cultures and connect us with one another, despite (and sometimes because of) our differences. The humanities […]
Susan R. Colpitts
Meet VFH Board Member Susan Colpitts
Susan R. Colpitts is a Founder of Signature Family Wealth Advisors with a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in accounting.
Recently, Susan sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about her love for liberal arts and the importance of the humanities in establishing a sense of place.
At edUi in 2013, Jennifer Nesossis went behind the scenes of the Virginia Historical Society's website redesign.
edUi Conference 2017
This year’s edUi conference offers professional development in the areas of user interface and experience design for nonprofit and educational organizations with a lineup of world-class speakers.