Chad Martin – Director, Virginia Humanities’ History United - Photo by Steve Sheppard
History United Team Welcomes New Director Chad Martin
Virginia Humanities is proud to announce the appointment of Chad Martin as director of its History United program in Danville, VA. History United uses local history to strengthen community and encourage investment in the future of Virginia’s Dan River Region, an area also known as Virginia’s “Middle Border” that includes Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell […]
The inaugural Carol Troxell Reader, Lisa Ko, reads from her book The Leavers at New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville on March 22, 2018. The event was part of the Virginia Festival of the Book. - Photo by Pat Jarrett
Turning the Page
Virginia Festival of the Book celebrates twenty-five years
By Brendan Wolfe Traditionally, twenty-five years marks a silver anniversary, but for the Virginia Festival of the Book every year is a paper anniversary. Since the planning for this annual book event first got underway in 1994, Festival coordinators have remained dedicated to celebrating the written word in all genres and from authors of all […]
Hannah Scruggs interviewed by Google Earth Outreach - Photo by Peter Hedlund
Documentary Spotlights Encyclopedia Virginia
A New Documentary Short from Google Earth Outreach
Members of the Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) team can often be found behind the camera, capturing 360-degree panoramic images of historic sites across Virginia. Recently, however, Peter Hedlund and Justin Reid found themselves on the other side of the camera as subjects in a short documentary film by Google Earth Outreach, a division of Google Earth […]
EJI Memorial - photo courtesy Equal Justice Initiative ∕ Human Pictures
BackStory Awards Inaugural Prize for Excellence in Public History
BackStory, the American history podcast produced by Virginia Humanities, awarded the first ever “BackStory Prize” to The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. “The Equal Justice Initiative is grateful to Backstory for recognizing The National Memorial for Peace and Justice by awarding us the BackStory Prize,” said Sia Sanneh, Senior Attorney at the Equal Justice […]
"The Chimneys" as seen from the Appalachian Trail. Photo copyright Susan Bratton, 2018.
Stories of the Peaks
Interview with Susan Bratton
Susan Bratton is Professor of Environmental Studies and a Fellow of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. This fall, Bratton is a Virginia Humanities Resident Fellow studying Native and early colonial religious beliefs about the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding landscape. On November 6, at the beginning of National […]
Exploring Indigenous Foodways
What did food sovereignty look like in Virginia prior to the arrival of Europeans?
What did food sovereignty look like in Virginia prior to the arrival of Europeans? Why have Native American foodways changed so dramatically? And how are Indigenous communities building healthy, just, food systems today? In October, our Food & Community project set out to explore these questions through a series of workshops with leaders in Indigenous […]
A 3-D printer in Peter Hedlund's office at Encyclopedia Virginia produces a miniature version of Gutzon Borglum’s “The Aviator” from a digital file. Photo by Peter Hedlund
HISTORY X 10
Encyclopedia Virginia Celebrates 10 Years
Encyclopedia Virginia published its first entry ten years ago. “Has it been that long?” editor Brendan Wolfe said, feigning ignorance. “Actually, we’ve been looking forward to this. It’s a good time to think about where we’ve been and where we’re going.” Wolfe and the encyclopedia’s director, Peter Hedlund, have been with the project since the […]
Woodcut depicting scenes from the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in Southampton County in 1831 - Courtesy of University of Virginia Special Collections
Archives, Poetry, & Perspectives on American History
Interview with Brenda Marie Osbey
Brenda Marie Osbey is an author of poetry and prose nonfiction in English and French. This fall, she is the Emilia Galli Struppa Fellow at Virginia Humanities and a visiting professor at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). Her poems consider the experiences of American […]
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.
Detroit-Based Printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. to Visit Charlottesville
Virginia Humanities’ Virginia Center for the Book announces that the first annual Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residency will bring Detroit-based printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. to Charlottesville, November 14-17, to begin shaping a collaborative art project he will undertake with the Charlottesville, Albemarle, and University of Virginia communities in 2019. Kennedy’s November visit is made possible by […]
Woodland Union Church Cemetery. Photo courtesy Alison Bell
Front Porches of the Dead
VFH Residential Fellow Alison Bell teaches anthropology at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Bell has been studying cemeteries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and says that in the 1980s a shift started happening in these spaces where the living and the dead come together.
Bell recently sat down with Trey Mitchell, director of web communications at VFH, to discuss her work.
BackStory hosts Joanne Freeman, Nathan Connolly, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh at "BackStory Live" at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, Oct. 5, 2017.
BackStory Celebrates Ten Years
Since 2008, BackStory, Virginia Humanities’ American history podcast, has provided listeners with a weekly deep-dive into the past, using current events as an opportunity to offer lively historical views of today’s headlines in the context of history. In honor of their tenth anniversary, we asked hosts Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, Nathan Connolly, and Joanne Freeman […]