The Story Behind Hidden Figures
VFH grant helps tell the story of NASA’s human computers.
In 2014, VFH awarded a grant to support the documentation and make accessible the stories of the women—black and white—who served as “human computers” at NASA. That story has since been turned into a major motion picture, Hidden Figures.
If You Like the Truth
Lieutenant General George Crocker says that when he was first introduced to Rick Atkinson he was told, “If you like the truth, you’ll love Rick.” Over his long career as a journalist and historian, Atkinson has won four Pulitzer Prizes for work that he has either written or contributed to. As part of the Pulitzer […]
Historians Joanne Freeman and Nathan Connolly Join BackStory
BackStory with the American History Guys, produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is pleased to announce that Joanne Freeman of Yale University and Nathan Connolly of Johns Hopkins University will join BackStory in 2017.
Natasha Trethewey on Native Guard
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, where she confronts the complex racial legacy of her native South. Tretheway was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, the daughter of a mixed-race marriage, which was illegal in the Mississippi of that era. Her mother was an African […]
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The Legacy of Kepone
Uncovering the history of one of Virginia’s first public environmental disasters.
Gregory Wilson, professor of history at the University of Akron, is researching the history of the Kepone disaster that took place in Hopewell, VA in the 1970s. Wilson recently sat down to talk with us about what he’s learned during his fellowship at VFH.
Fishing Tales, a , limited edition letterpress book in English, Latin and Cherokee - Courtesy of Frank Brannon
The Lost Art of Cherokee Letterpress
In 2009, VFH fellow and book artist Frank Brannon, began work with the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts in Cherokee, Norther Carolina, to revitalize the nearly lost art of Cherokee letter press printing. Now, he talks about his with the Cherokee community, as well as history of the Cherokee written language itself.
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 […]