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News and Events
You have Chef James Hemings, who cooked for Thomas Jefferson, to thank for the macaroni and cheese on your plate this Thanksgiving. Setting the Table’s Deb Freeman tells us how the French dish became so baked into American cuisine.
Exploring the History of Public Education in Franklin County
William Gibson and his son Abe Gibson are working together on a new Public Humanities Fellowship that promises to shine a light on a neglected part of the history of Franklin County.
Impact Story: Horace Scruggs — Horace Scruggs is a skilled outdoorsman in Fluvanna County. He is working with our Virginia Folklife Program to pass along his skills in navigating the river to apprentices Hanna Scruggs (Horace’s daughter) and Niya Bates.
Join Encyclopedia Virginia editor Patti Miller and Nottoway tribal citizens Rufus Kelly and Beth Roach as they discuss EV’s new entry on the history and culture of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia …
A National Arts & Humanities Month Op-Ed by Matthew Gibson – In a recent Washington Post article, Andrew Van Dam writes about the most-regretted college majors (spoiler alert: it’s mostly in the humanities). And because students leave college with more and more debt, we shouldn’t be surprised to see that in five, ten, fifteen years, the college majors that will continue their decline and the departments that will continue to shutter their doors will primarily still be in the humanities.