Announcing the Rosel Schewel Fund
Update 8/27/2020: Because we can no longer meet in person in large groups, the Women and Democracy event planned for October 2020 will now be virtual. To commemorate the passage …
By Nora Pehrson Karen Chase is a 2019 Virginia Humanities Fellow in residence at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. She is working on a forthcoming book, Eliza! Eliza! A …
Banking on Freedom
Hear Shennette Garrett-Scott, author of Banking on Freedom: Black Women in U.S. Finance Before the New Deal read from her book and take questions at New Dominion Bookshop in this …
Uncovering the Story of an Enslaved Woman at Lumpkin’s Jail
Virginia Humanities Fellow Kristen Green is working on a book that will tell the story of Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who is believed to have given birth to at least five children fathered by Robert Lumpkin.
New Women’s Monument
Earlier this month ground was broken in Richmond’s Capitol Square for a new monument honoring the contributions of women in Virginia. The monument will feature bronze statues of twelve women, …
A Museum’s First Comprehensive Exhibit
About the Organization The Edith Bolling Wilson Museum celebrates the life and legacy of the only Appalachian-born First Lady. Edith Bolling Wilson is sometimes referred to as “the Secret President” …
Prisoners of History
On Friday March 17, 2017 Karenne Wood, director of Virginia Indian programs at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, delivered the keynote lecture at a conference in London marking the 400th anniversary of …
From the Archives to the Stage
By David Bearinger Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Pitts was born into slavery near Onancock, on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. In 1853, she married Parker Pitts, a free man, although the state did …
Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair
David Bearinger remembers Frances Latimer and the important contribution she made to telling the story of African Americans on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Interview with Karenne Wood – Virginia Women in History
Karenne Wood talks to WTJU’s Emily Richardson about being named an outstanding woman in Virginia history.
The Human Computers Project
A VFH grant explores the largely untold story of hundreds of women, known as “human computers” who performed the complex calculations needed by the American space program.
A Conversation with Laura Browder
Laura Browder brings the lives of women in combat into sharp focus using the lens of the humanities in her project When Janey Comes Marching Home.