Encyclopedia Virginia editor Patti Miller and Joanne Hyppolite of the National Museum of African American History and Culture discuss the remarkable life of culinary entrepreneur and activist Thomas Downing in …
Encyclopedia Virginia’s September fundraising campaign is underway to raise $10,000 to support free, public access to Virginia history.
Virginia became a leader in the promotion and practice of eugenic sterilization in the first half of the twentieth century, as detailed in our new Encyclopedia Virginia entry on Eugenic Sterilization in Virginia.
While it’s tempting to think of Jamestown as a proto-Artemis full of intrepid settlers, that was far from the reality, as our entry on the Early Jamestown Settlement makes clear.
In recognition of Juneteenth, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund announced $3.8 million in new grants to preserve forty African American history sites, including four in Virginia.
The efforts of Colonial Williamsburg to, in the words of the New York Times, get the past “right” continue to make news. As we noted recently in the EV Blog, Colonial Williamsburg moved the building that housed the Bray School for enslaved and free Black children to a more prominent location in an effort to center the stories […]
This spring, Katy Gehred joined our team as the new media editor for Encyclopedia Virginia. We caught up with her to talk about her new job, why she chose to study women’s history, and to find out more about the history podcast that she runs in her spare time.
Is history set in stone, like a statue, or is it fluid, more evolving process than petrified facts? At EV, we get to see history in motion, as with our entry on the Bray Schools. These schools were founded in Williamsburg and Fredericksburg, as well as in Philadelphia, New York, and Newport, Rhode Island, by the Associates […]
When is a letter revolutionary? That’s the question at the heart of our new entry on the Virginia Committee of Correspondence, the first in EV’s new section on the American Revolution in Virginia. It was 250 years ago, on March 12, 1773, that the House of Burgesses created a permanent committee to correspond with other […]
Last fall, we awarded a grant to the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project to fund a filmed reading of the narrative of Bethany Veney, who was born enslaved in Virginia in the early 1800s.
Join the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities to celebrate Black History Month and the completion of a signature project to document the lives and achievements of Virginia’s first Black …