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Toxic Dust: The Virginia Kepone Disaster
VFH Fellow Dr. Gregory Wilson, professor of history at the University of Akron, will discuss his research into the Kepone disaster in Virginia at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Kepone first came into the public consciousness as a dangerous toxin in July 1975. That month news broke about the poisoning of workers in Hopewell […]
Embers of War
Sometimes when you read about the past, the course of history seems inevitable. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall cautions, “We have to remember that to the decision-makers of the past, the future was merely a set of possibilities.” In other words—there are always choices. Logevall’s works trace the roots of the Vietnam War, uncovering the […]
In 1867, the U.S. government prepared to try former Confederate president Jefferson Davis for treason. The U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Virginia assembled a pool of twenty-four potential jurors—some white, some African American—of whom eleven are pictured above. These men were likely the first African Americans to be called to jury duty in Virginia. The trial, though, never went forward. Davis was released on bail on May 13, 1867, and the charges against him dropped in 1869.
Block the Vote
Millions of African Americans were emancipated in 1865 and given the vote. By 1901, almost all of them had lost that vote. What happened in those intervening years? VFH’s Encyclopedia Virginia explores the history of the Readjuster Party in Danville, VA and how it changed Virginia politics forever.
A cargo of horses leaves a transport ship at St. Nazaire. Nearly 50,000 American horses left from Newport News. - Courtesy of the Quartermaster Museum
Remembering the Forgotten War
While researching and cataloging the many World War I memorials throughout Virginia, VFH fellow Lynn Rainville became fascinated with the extensive, and little explored, role that Virginia played in the Great War.
Mapping Lambert’s Point Reception
Mapping Lambert’s Point is an ongoing project co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and the Political Science and Geography Department which collects oral histories of the past and present residents of Old Dominion’s neighboring community, Lambert’s Point. The project embeds the stories into a virtual map accessible online. We invite you to come to […]
A postcard to a Fluvanna County soldier serving in France - Fluvanna Historical Society
Virginia’s Surprising Roles in the Great War
Ever since Sweet Briar College research professor Lynn Rainville began researching Virginia’s WWI memorials, she has been uncovering fascinating stories about those who served and the way we honor them— including a perception that the nation’s “Great War” has too often been forgotten in our collective memories. Join us for a free, public discussion with Lynn Rainville about her work.
Polynesian Voyagers Expert Panel Discussion
A panel discussion examining climate change, the traditional ways indigenous groups, including Polynesian and Virginian natives, have interacted with their environments, and how the world’s citizens can build a better future together.