A rib, cat skull, and miniature archway, created from three-dimensional scans
Hands On History
NEH grant helps Encyclopedia Virginia dive into 3D printing
A set of gnarled dentures hang in mid-air. It rotates, exposing dents, ridges, and wear, either from use or years. “Those are actually human teeth,” says Peter Hedlund, the lead technologist at VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia (EV). “It wasn’t uncommon at the time to have dentures made using teeth bought from slaves.” We’re looking at George […]
Not Even Past, A Podcast for Story Lovers
A New Podcast from VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia
On March 1, 2017, Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) will release the first six episodes of its new podcast, Not Even Past, created for history lovers and anyone who loves a good story. Published by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, EV is an authoritative online resource about Virginia history, with thousands of entries, primary sources, and media […]
Bryan Cranston Joins Festival of the Book Lineup
Bryan Cranston (A Life in Parts) will join film producer Mark Johnson for a moderated conversation reflecting on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education, and the world. Cranston appears as part of the UVa President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, presented in collaboration with President Sullivan, the Executive […]
2017 Virginia Festival of the Book: On the Environment
By Sarah Lawson This March in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VFH’s 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book will present speakers on a variety of scientific topics, including a special focus on authors of recent books about the environment. From the natural world and the human body to the forces that work against them, this year’s […]
With VFH grant support, Filipino dance traditions will be represented at the 2017 Local Colors Festival in Roanoke, along with traditions from Mexico (Veracruz) and Cuba. Photo by Arnel Custodio.
VFH Announces Seventeen Grants to Humanities Organizations
Charlottesville, VA—Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces $56,950 in grants to seventeen 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 […]
African American photojournalist Ernest Withers at the King Memorial March in Memphis 1968 - Photo by Jack Hurley, Courtesy Univ Memphis Special Collections
Telling Untold Stories
VFH Fellows Investigate the Lives of African American Trailblazers
These three fellows—of the dozen typically in residence at VFH during an academic year—are each at work on a biography of a relatively unknown figure whose story illuminates an era.
Jaranas of different sizes - Courtesy of Zenen Zeferino
The Stars On My Grandfather’s Face
Bringing Son Jarocho Music and Dance to Virginia
By David Bearinger Zenen Zeferino is a master of the musical and poetic tradition known as Son Jarocho that is native to the Gulf-coast and southern plains of Veracruz, Mexico, where he was born and raised. It’s the first week of December, 2016. Zenen has come to Charlottesville, along with his musical collaborator Julia del […]
Robert C. Vaughan is honored at the Virginia General Assembly. - Photo by Pat Jarrett
Thanking our Legislators
VFH is grateful for the continued support of the Virginia General Assembly.
Approximately thirty-five VFH Staff, Board Bembers, and Resident Fellows visited the Virginia General Assembly on Thursday, January 19, 2017 to thank Virginia’s lawmakers for their continued support of the humanities. VFH received approximately $1,200,000 from the state in FY 2016 to support our efforts to document, preserve, and celebrate Virginia’s diverse history and culture. Our state […]
Paula Vogel's "Indecent"
With Good Reason talks to winners of the Pulitzer Prize
By Brendan Wolfe “What I love about the Pulitzer project,” says Sarah McConnell, host of VFH’s With Good Reason (WGR) radio program and podcast, “is that it lets us talk to so many amazing people we would never otherwise get a chance to.” That’s because WGR, an award-winning weekly public radio program and podcast, generally […]
The Story Behind Hidden Figures
VFH grant helps tell the story of NASA's human computers.
In 2014, VFH awarded a grant to support the documentation and make accessible the stories of the women—black and white—who served as “human computers” at NASA. That story has since been turned into a major motion picture, Hidden Figures.
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 […]