Arts & Culture

Social Hub during Segregation
11:42 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Remembering Dreamland

In the 1930s and 1940s, African-Americans in Roanoke were restricted to just a few neighborhoods.  One was Gainsboro, just over the tracks from downtown.  Among the many businesses started by black entrepreneurs in Gainsboro was "Dreamland," a swimming pool and dance hall.  Dreamland is gone, but Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim spoke to a few Roanoke residents who still remember.

This radio documentary was produced by Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim for WVTF and Big Shed Media, with support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. It was edited by Shea Shackelford.

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New Educational Video
1:49 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

The Virginia Indians: Meet The Tribes

With the relatives gone, and the turkey and leftovers digested, this might be a good time to kick back and catch a video.

One new release is short, free, downloadable, entertaining, informative, and all about your neighbors in the Commonwealth.  "The Virginia Indians: Meet the Tribes" video is not only a new classroom resource that's making the rounds, but it could also inspire some outdoor event planning.

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War as a Metaphor for Change
4:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Fallen Snow

A debut novel by a Virginia Tech alum is getting praise for its take on the complexities of love and change in the wake of war. 

“The Fallen Snow” is an early 20th century story set --both in a close knit, Appalachian Town-- and war time France.  John Kelley began thinking about the idea for the book when he was in college in Blacksburg, thirty years ago.
 

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First Thanksgiving
9:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The REAL Feast

Executive Chef J. Young prepares a historically accurate Thanksgiving meal.
Credit Washington & Lee University

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate. 

At Washington & Lee University, students got a taste of the original feast and found eel and beer were likely part of the meal, but turkey? Maybe not.

Before heading home for the holidays, anthropologist  Allison Bell invited her students to dine on what research shows the pilgrims actually ate.  

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Arts & Culture
8:09 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Troubadours Recount the Life of John Paul Jones

Credit www.reidvansante.com

In Charlottesville, the name John Paul Jones evokes thoughts of a large arena where basketball teams and rock groups perform.  It was named for the father of a big UVA donor, but for those who love American history, another John Paul Jones comes to mind, and now two musicians from the British Isles are traveling in America - singing the praises of this early American patriot.

Rob Van Sante and Alan Reid are a pair of troubadours from the UK who love telling tales through their music.  

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