Published January 18, 2019

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 County.

“Textiles and tobacco, the Civil War and Civil Rights, understanding the past to spark renewal in the present: Danville’s story is a microcosm of the history of Virginia and of the challenges faced by many other communities throughout the Commonwealth,” commented David Bearinger, director of grants and community programs at Virginia Humanities.

Martin brings more than fifteen years of experience as a community organizer to History United. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Shaw University and a  Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Martin was elected to the Martinsville City Council in 2016 for a four-year term, which began on January 3, 2017. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Food System Council and is a 2018-2020 Virginia Tech VALOR Fellow.

Since becoming part of Virginia Humanities in 2016, History United has established a network of cultural organizations, organized two “Content Academies” to help teachers incorporate local history in the classroom, produced a series of community conversations on civil rights, and explored the history and culture of the Danville region through a broad range of individual programs and publications.

When asked about the program and his new position, Martin said he hoped History United would, “help build a stronger sense of identity for the Middle Border through a shared understanding of the region’s history.”

Under Martin’s leadership, History United will continue to partner with local historical, cultural and educational organizations to produce community discussions, teacher workshops, and other programs that help unite and revitalize the Danville area through history.

About History United

A program of Virginia Humanities, History United uses local history to encourage investment in the future of the Dan River Region and to build a strong collaborative network of organizations and individuals committed to positive change. For more information, visit HistoryUnited.org

About Virginia Humanities

Virginia Humanities connects people and ideas to inspire engagement and deepen mutual understanding. As the state humanities council, Virginia Humanities reaches millions in its estimated annual audience through festivals, grants, fellowships, digital initiatives, teacher institutes, radio programs, podcasts, apprenticeships, and school programs. Headquartered at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia Humanities endeavors to serve Virginians in every corner of the Commonwealth.

Our work brings people together and honors our shared humanity.