Cemeteries are outdoor archives. After decades of neglect, volunteers are clearing the brush and illuminating America’s repressed histories.
From a waterfall tumbling down Toole’s Creek to a misty morning on an early Abingdon Main Street to the dormered cottage that was the original Johnston Memorial Hospital, Looking Back: …
Everybody’s Gotta Eat
Parents spend a lot of time refereeing. No, you can’t have hot fries and ice cream for dinner. Yes, please, have some more kale. We go to the dinner tables of “natural parents,” who left city life behind to bring kids closer to their food source.
Norfolk’s “Summer of the Pestilence”
On July 1, Virginia will move into Phase 3 of reopening. This new development will see the reopening of …
An 1855 yellow fever outbreak in Virginia eerily mirrors the present-day quarantine. And Marie Antoinette often secluded herself with a secret trove of banned books.
New Short Film Tells the Story of Virginia’s Maggie Lena Walker
Unladylike is a series of twenty-six multimedia films honoring the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Launched in March during Women’s History Month and continuing through August 26 2020, each ten-minute …
The 15th Amendment, a Failure?
The Fifteenth Amendment, ratified February 3, 1870, gave African American men in America the right to vote. It was the third and last of the Reconstruction amendments. While women’s suffrage …
Loyal Artists, Loyal Slaves
Watch this free public talk by Rachel Stephens, Associate Professor of Art History, American Art and Architecture at the University of Alabama. Much can be gleaned about the role of …
The Whole Story
Virginia Humanities helps reveal the lives of the enslaved and widen the scope of narratives presented at plantations statewide.
NPR’s Lulu Miller, a Fellow at VFH, reads an excerpt from her forthcoming book, ‘Why Fish Don’t Exist’. Her reading is set to the live musical accompaniment of Wes Swing.
The End of Mormon Polygamy
Jane Barnes is an independent scholar in residence at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. In 2007 she was the writer for the Frontline/American Experience documentary The Mormons and in 2012 …
The Art of Emancipation
Throughout the mid to late 19th century, Europe was in a state of social upheaval. Political changes, from the Revolutions of 1848 to the Franco Prussian war of 1871, swept …