Are you setting yourself up to age well?
Home Is the Sound of Rivers and Crooked Roads
Elsa Howell, who is learning the art of Appalachian ballad singing through our Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, reflects on the important role music plays in her culture and community.
Virginia Local News Summit
Over two days in April 2023, leaders in journalism, academia, public policy, business, and the humanities offered diverse perspectives on how to sustain robust local journalism.
Polar bears are no one’s prey. Except for climate change itself.
Joshua Purnell & Tom Norris
For dancer Joshua Purnell and his apprentice Tom Norris, blues dancing is a means to build and maintain community in their hometown of Norfolk.
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.
Food for Thought
We all remember what it was like entering the social battleground known as the school cafeteria. Aside from the usual cliques, there were two types of students: those who brought their lunch and those who bought their lunch. Marcus Weaver-Hightower says public schools should offer free lunches to all students.
Raceway Ministries Continues Serving Race Fans
Founded in 1992, Bristol Raceway Ministries is a church-led effort to organize services for spectators at the Bristol Motor Speedway. “We get to experience every aspect of life here at the track,” says volunteer Bobby Branch.
A Small-Town Success Story
Anne Adams publishes The Recorder in Monterey, Virginia, where local news is paramount. “I only get into state and national coverage when it affects my folks here,” Adams says.
A County Left Without a Newspaper
Greg Glassner, a retired journalist who worked at six newspapers over a 42-year career, reflects on the loss of local news in Caroline County, VA.
Mixing Small Town Politics and Journalism
Billy Coleburn, former mayor of Blackstone, Virginia and owner of the town’s newspaper, The Courier-Record , shares how he created a career in both local news and politics.
An African-American Paper Endures in Southwest Virginia
Claudia A. Whitworth was 18 when she began working with her father on the Roanoke Tribune in 1945. Today, at age 95, she’s shepherding the paper into a new era of local news.
No Reporters on Staff
Lifelong newspaperman Carlos Santos, who purchased the weekly Fluvanna Review in 2009, is fighting to preserve local journalism in his community.
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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