A new series of entries from our Encyclopedia Virginia will examine the federal roots of urban renewal policies in Virginia and their impact in five locations across the Commonwealth: Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, Northern Virginia, and Roanoke.
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.
We recently caught up with Laura Ornée, PhD+ intern with our Encyclopedia Virginia, to learn more about her time at UVA, her reading recommendations, and how life in Virginia compares (or contrasts) to life in her home country, the Netherlands.
David Ramey’s colorful illustrations capture life in Roanoke’s thriving Black communities of Gainsboro and Northeast before they were razed in the name of “urban renewal.” His drawings and stories are on display in a new exhibition featured at the Taubman Museum of Art and the Harrison Museum of African American Culture in Roanoke.
There are more histories tied to your everyday house broom than you may realize, as many contemporary broom makers will tell you.
This art exhibit opening and artist talk by Hunter Shackelford was recorded on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. The Afrolantica art exhibition centers the narratives of fugitive slaves in Virginia which …
Seasonal readings! Had your fill of calmly bobbing for apples? Bored with haunted hayrides? Here are a few book recommendations for the height of spooky season.
For National Arts & Humanities Month, David Rehr—GMU professor and member of our board—reflects on a new study that demonstrates the value of a humanities education and its importance to the Commonwealth.
The accused witches of Salem, in what was then the Province of Massachusetts Bay, are the country’s most famous purported practitioners of the dark arts, but Virginia had its own experiences with witchcraft trials.
Edward T. Linenthal, history professor and member of our board, reflects on the idea of “revisionist history” for National Arts & Humanities Month.
Anna Mullins, a documentary photographer from Coeburn, shares thoughts and images from the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival.
No matter how they served or where or when, for veterans, returning to civilian life is a big transition.
Bristol, Virginia, was in lights this weekend in the Virginia Folklife Area of the 2023 Richmond Folk Festival. Artists from around the Virginia-Tennessee border city—known by most as the “birthplace …