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.
Students attend a master class by Civil Rights icon Ruby Sales at UVA Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Changing the Narrative
Announcing Major Funding for a Multi-Program Initiative to Address Racism and Racial Bias in Virginia
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) at the University of Virginia has been awarded $899,435 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for “Changing the Narrative.” The two-year project aims to broaden and reframe narratives of Virginia’s past by engaging local communities and youth in addressing the present-day challenges of racism and bias. It is part of […]
Rob Vaughan works in his office at VFH as he prepares for retirement. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Rob Looks Back
A retrospective on the career of VFH's founder
Sitting in a sea of half-filled boxes as he packed up his office, Robert C. Vaughan III, the founder and retiring president of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, was contemplative. Having already received a number of tributes—including from the floor of the Senate of Virginia and the House of Delegates—it would have been easy for Rob to just sit back […]
Charles Marsh and Ruby Sales at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Photo by Stephanie Gross.
Ruby Sales and the Future of Civil Rights Activism
Civil rights leader Ruby Sales visited Charlottesville on November 29th to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH).
Meet VFH Board Member Steve Herman
Steve Herman was born and raised in Suffolk, VA. He has had a life-long career working in the energy field and is currently a Managing Director at Energy Capital Partners. Recently, Lenneal sat down with Elliot Majerczyk in our radio studio to talk about how the humanities help us better understand each other’s cultural heritage.
Announcing the Launch of Discovery Virginia
A Free Digital Archive of Cultural Resources from the Commonwealth
On Monday, November 20, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) launched one of the nation’s first digital repositories created by a humanities council to preserve its own content. Titled Discovery Virginia, the digital archive contains more than 6,000 of VFH’s preserved assets and projects since the organization’s founding in 1974. The free digital archive is […]