The new director of the Virginia Center for the Book talks about her return to Virginia, how she’s putting her unique spin on the Festival of the Book, and (of course) her cats.
The Philippines takes Christmas to another level. From September to December, the island-country celebrates the longest Christmas season in the world. Ken Garcia Olaes (Angie’s Bakery) and his parents bake …
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.
Encyclopedia Virginia is pleased to present our new entry about the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia, the first in a series of new entries about the history and culture of the eleven officially recognized Virginia Indian tribes—past and present. “EV knew we needed to do a better job of representing the history and culture of Virginia’s tribal […]
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Cauline Yates was at a family reunion the first time she heard she was a descendant of Thomas Jefferson. In 2019, she was asked to help develop the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers at the University of Virginia. With Good Reason producer Matt Darroch has the story.
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.
Buried in a folio of a 15th century monk’s writing is a poem about the absolutely annoying noise of blacksmiths–not just the pounding of their hammers, but the gnaw and gnash of their voices. Adin Lears explores the noises of early English voices and writing.
How should Virginia commemorate the American Revolution? Whose stories will be told and how as we approach the sesquicentennial in 2026? Why is expanding and complicating the narrative of the Revolution important? These are questions we are asking ourselves at Encyclopedia Virginia as we embark on our new American Revolution project “By the People: The Inclusive Story of […]
In Good Keeping, the documentary film exploring the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Class of 2021-2022 is now live and available on-demand via our Youtube page. The stories follow the apprenticeship teams …
Rev. Tarrence Paschall has been singing with The Paschall Brothers for years, and now he’s signing with another Hampton Roads-based group keeping the Gospel Quartet tradition alive, the Chosen Few.
Director of the Virginia Folklife Program Katy Cline joins Pat Jarrett and Chris Boros on this episode of Folklife Fieldnotes.
Right after the cashier tells you your total, they induce the moral dilemma: Would you like to round up to donate? Adrienne Sudbury says that most checkout charity donors give less than a dollar.
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.
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.