Preston Adkins (Chickahominy) dances at the ground breaking of Mantle, a tribute to Virginia Indians
Recognizing Virginia Indians
Six Tribes Gain Federal Recognition
Six Virginia Indian tribes recently gained federal recognition, bringing to seven the number of Virginia Indian tribes acknowledged by the United States government. The recognition is the result of a bill, sponsored by House Representative Rob Wittman and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, that was signed into law in January. The newly recognized tribes […]
Announcing New Project Director for Food & Community in Virginia
Food and Community in Virginia, a project of the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, welcomes Lilia Fuquen as project director for this year-long initiative. The goal of Food and Community in Virginia is to bring people across the Commonwealth together to document, celebrate, and share traditional, contemporary, and emerging foodways. Through diverse food traditions, […]
Local students are excited to see youth headliner Kwame Alexander during the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. Photo by Peter Hedlund.
Taking it to the Classroom
This March, the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book will host close to 90 in-school visits by participating speakers, connecting K-12 students and teachers in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Waynesboro with acclaimed and inspiring writers, illustrators, and publishing professionals. A full list of author visits to schools planned as part of the 2018 Festival can be found on […]
The story of Dorothy Logan and other Virginia members of The United Order of the Tents, the oldest black women’s organization in the U.S., will be shared in an upcoming documentary film project by Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. Photo by Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich.
Virginia Humanities Announces Eleven New Grants
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces $55,500 in recent grants to eleven nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
Dr. David Stenhouse
Dr. David Stenhouse Joins VFH’s BackStory
Multi-Award-Winning Public Radio Editor Joins VFH’s BackStory
BackStory, an American history podcast produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), is pleased to welcome BBC Development Executive Dr. David Stenhouse as BackStory senior producer. Dr. Stenhouse assumed his new role on January 16.
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 […]
Book Festival Speakers Announced
As a holiday gift to you, we are thrilled to share the full list of featured speakers for VFH’s 2018 Festival of the Book! Totaling more than 300 authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals, the list is comprised of speakers with new books that span all genres. Some highlights include: Monica Hesse (American Fire) one of The New York Times‘ 100 Notable […]
Cedric Watson jams with members of the Montrond family and Zerui Depina in Chã das Calderas, Fogo, Cabo Verde. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Fiddling in Fogo
Cape Verde Cultural Exchange
What follows is a first-hand account of VFH’s Virginia Folklife Program’s first journey to Cabo Verde in 2016 as chronicled in our most recent edition of VFH Views. In the fall of 2017 the Virginia Folklife Program returned to Cabo Verde, a musical and culturally rich island nation off of the West Coast of Africa, […]
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.