40 Years, 40 Stories

Since 1974, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) has worked to connect people and ideas, to explore the human experience, and to inspire cultural engagement across the Commonwealth. Over the past forty years, that work has taken many shapes and reached countless people and places.

In honor of our anniversary, we’re sharing stories from our past and present—starting with the story of our founding, as told by VFH president Robert C. Vaughan III. We'll be posting new stories every two weeks, and we hope that you’ll visit this space often to learn more about what we've accomplished and what we plan to achieve in the next forty years.


40 Years, 40 Stories

Steamboat Potomac 1894

Steamboat Era Museum

The Steamboat Era Museum tells the story of the economic and cultural legacy of steamboat transport and commerce on the Chesapeake Bay.
Collections storage after relocation and reorganization. Photo courtesy the Manassas Museum System.

Circuit Riders

VAM’s Circuit Riders program helps small public museums, archives, and libraries organize collections.

Flory Jagoda’s Accordion

A very special instrument, a 75-year-old Hohner Student III accordion, is getting new life as a result of the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program.