Getting the Past “Right”
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 […]
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Five Questions with Katy Gehred
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.
History on the Move
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 […]
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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 […]
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“Aunt Betty’s Story, the Narrative of a Slave Woman”
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.
The First Civil Rights
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 …
Both Man and Woman
Encyclopedia Virginia editor Patti Miller in conversation with Julie Richter of William & Mary and Ren Tolson of Colonial Williamsburg to explore the life of Thomas/in Hall.
Ms. Johns Goes to Washington
Barbara Johns is one step closer to Washington, D.C. A sculptor has been selected for the statue destined for the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Learn more in the latest blog post from our Encyclopedia Virginia.
The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
In November, our Encyclopedia Virginia published a new entry on the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia. We talked to Chief Lynette Allston about what the Nottoway tribe looks like today and what it meant to be part of the group of tribal members who created the new entry.
Donna Lucey’s Fab Four
As Encyclopedia Virginia (EV) said goodbye to longtime media editor extraordinaire Donna Lucey in 2022, we asked Donna to share some of her favorite images and objects from the thousands …
Start Your Engines for Wendell Oliver Scott
You don’t have to be a fan of NASCAR to appreciate our new entry on the legendary Danville-born driver Wendell Oliver Scott. Scott was already locally famous as a taxi driver-turned-moonshine runner when he drove a souped-up Ford in his first race at Danville Fairgrounds Speedway in 1952. Despite financial obstacles and continued instances of […]
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Telling Their Story: The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
Encyclopedia Virginia editor Patti Miller and Nottoway tribal citizens Rufus Kelly and Beth Roach discuss EV’s new entry on the history and culture of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia and the …